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University Bar closes after first, last year

Tue., Dec. 18, 2012

The former Bulldog Tavern has closed again, a year after reopening with a new name and a new owner.

In late 2011 the Bulldog, a popular Gonzaga University watering hole, was renamed the University Bar and Grill by owner Mary Livingston, who took over the tavern after a lease dispute led to the Bulldog’s closure. Spokane resident David Trefry and two partners own the Bulldog business name.

The tavern had been located at 1305 N. Hamilton for close to 65 years and provided a gathering spot for GU students and Logan Neighborhood residents. .

The business website Sunday morning said: “We want to thank the many, many loyal students, faculty and neighbors for making this a truly outstanding first and last year.”

Airlines boost 3Q take from baggage fees

U.S. airlines collected $924 million in baggage fees in the third quarter, up almost 3 percent from the same period last year, the federal Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported on Monday.

United collected $187.3 million in bag fees in the third quarter.

Delta Air Lines Inc. is the second-biggest airline by traffic, but it had the top spot for baggage fees. It has collected $662.8 million so far this year.

Baggage fee collections fell sharply at American Airlines. It took in $138.3 million in the most recent quarter.

Even Southwest Airlines Co., where passengers can check two bags for free, has collected $104.3 million in baggage fees so far this year. That’s mostly because its AirTran subsidiary does charge for baggage.

Tropicana venturing into vegetable juices

NEW YORK – As sugar-conscious Americans continue to shy away from fruit juices, Tropicana is using vegetables for the first time in recent history with a new drink called “Farmstand” set to hit shelves next month. By marketing the juice as a way for moms to sneak veggies into kids’ diets, the division of PepsiCo Inc. is betting that carrots and beets can give it a new avenue for growth.

The foray into the fruit-and-vegetable category comes after Tropicana executives watched Campbell Soup find success with V-8 V-Fusion drinks, which uncovered a sweet spot by making vegetables more palatable by mixing them with fruit.

But Tropicana executives say Farmstand’s potential is far greater because it will be sold in the refrigerated sections of supermarkets.

Tropicana’s chief marketing officer Memo Maquivar said the refrigerated aspect of Farmstand will be a critical differentiator.

“Chilled is very important – it signals high quality, it signals premium, it signals freshness,” he said.


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