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Texas Roadhouse will open March 29 and employ 160

Sun., March 7, 2010

Many readers keep asking about the Texas Roadhouse restaurant nearing completion at the southwest corner of Highway 95 at Neider Avenue.

Hold your horses! It will open March 29. The nearly 9,000-square-foot barbecue eatery will feature steaks, ribs, burgers, chicken and fish with sides of salads, chili, breads and a kids menu. And, of course, a variety of beverages.

Seating for 300 customers will be primarily in various-size booths with options of tables or a large U-shaped bar. The décor will be old-style Western and includes a classic jukebox and a store with Roadhouse apparel and musical items.

With about 310 restaurants in 44 states, Texas Roadhouse is making CdA its farthest Northwest facility. Its headquarters is in Louisville, Ky. The CdA store will employ about 160 people. A space on the west side of the building will be available for lease. Check

Island Sun opens off Ironwood

Venturing in opposite color directions, skin tanning, lotions and teeth whitening are the specialties of Island Sun Tanning, which opened last week in Suite A4 at 226 Ironwood Drive behind Albertsons off Lincoln Way (Highway 95).

Replacing the former Bronzage Tanning store, new owners Heather and Vince Konynenbelt offer five levels of tanning and have five salons, opening a sixth soon in Airway Heights west of Spokane. Kellogg native Brianna Palaniuk manages the CdA store with three employees.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 to 4 Saturdays and Sundays. Island Sun is celebrating its grand opening with free tanning today. Phone (208) 667-7000.

My Favorite Things doubles

Expanding into the space formerly occupied by Jungle Pizza, My Favorite Things multivendor mall has doubled its space to 16,000 square feet at 503 E. Seltice Way.

More than 25 vendors offer “the interesting and the unusual,” according to owners (and sisters) Kristina Wayne and Jennifer Bonner. The list includes vintage goods, décor, used furniture, books, tools, antiques, shabby chic, glass and collectibles. Customers can bring their own food into the dining area.

The sisters were raised in southeastern Idaho and have four employees. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, 10 to 5 Saturdays and noon to 4 Sundays. Phone (208) 773-4110. Watch for a www.myfavoritethings Web site.

This week’s tidbits

•In the first item we mentioned Texas Roadhouse being on Neider Avenue. That street will be growing to the west, far to the west, from Howard Street to Ramsey Road where it will join Golf Course Road through a traffic light to the west. This will encompass the new Winco Foods, a 95,000-square-foot mega-store that is two years away. More on this later.

•Spies asked about that and Texas Roadhouse – and also about the trees disappearing on a large parcel behind Safeway off Government Way toward the Black Sheep store. The neighboring businesses claim innocence, and the real estate agent doesn’t return a call. Anyone know anything?

Contact Nils Rosdahl at (208) 769-3228 or

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