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New restaurant décor pays homage to old hat

A “soft” 1920s decor sets the tone for the new Fedora (men’s hat of the era) Pub and Grille at 1726 W. Kathleen Ave. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Fedora displays glass panels of its namesake and about 60 fascinating historical photos of North Idaho.

Located in the building that originally housed the Hofbrau Restaurant, the place comprises four dining rooms, a lounge and patio. It seats 180 customers at tables and booths inside and 32 on the patio. The rooms are organized for family dining, intimate settings and a banquet room.

Fedora will open soon with hours starting at 6 a.m. daily. The menu includes sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, traditional breakfasts and daily specials. Beverages include beer and wine.

Originally from Southern Idaho, owner Donita Mattern will have about 30 employees. Call (208) 765-8888. A website is under construction.

A retail shop is up front, but most of the activity is in the 6,000-square-foot production area of the new Sweetwater Bakery at 119 E. Third Ave., Post Falls. The eight-year-old company moved from Spokane to Post Falls with the help of Jobs Plus, the Kootenai County economic development corporation.

The 25 employees produce bagels, muffins, croissants, cinnamon rolls, scones, cookies, brownies, several kinds of fruit bars, sandwiches and individual pizzas for regional grocery stores, hotels, schools, convenience stores and coffee kiosks. Deliveries to wholesale accounts are weekdays with the retail store opening at 7 a.m. and offering Cravens coffee and sandwiches.

Owners are Sandy and Tom VanDias and son Peter. Call (509) 326-0806 or go to

Bloom Patio Bar now downtown

Alcohol beverages of most any type and two tiny outdoor tables are the extent of the Bloom Patio Bar in part of the space formerly occupied by Land America Title on the northwest corner of Third Street and Coeur d’Alene Avenue in downtown Coeur d’Alene.

With manager Carole Winn and three employees, Bloom is open noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

“It’s a pleasant place for people to stop on their way to dinner downtown or after work,” Winn said.

Bloom is a temporary location for the liquor license recently purchased by Bloom owner and real estate agent Pepper Smock. It probably will transfer to his building at Second Street and Lakeside Avenue, currently occupied by the Coeur d’Alene Brewing Co., which will leave the building by Sept. 30. A bistro probably will occupy the building next spring, and the brew pub’s owner Gage Stromberg is looking for a new location for the business and its 20 employees.

This week’s tidbits

• Details of a new downtown Coeur d’Alene restaurant will be in this space next week.

• Sunrise Mattress has opened a showroom at 410 E. Neider Ave. Its factory is in Spokane. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Manager is Steve Blatt. Call (208) 676-7533 or go to

• The annual Parade of Homes is today and next weekend. Pre-sale $5 tickets are at the North Idaho Building Contractors office, at 1928 N. Fourth St., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

• The Coeur d’Alene School of Woodworking now offers classes for children. They include carving, making wooden spoons, lathe turning and using scroll saws. Call (208) 699-1104 or go to

Contact Nils Rosdahl at (208) 769-3228 or

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