January 15, 2012 in Business

Here’s the Dirt: Love crepes? This is for you


Love crepes? This is for you

Judie and Ryan Sowards are leasing a downtown Spokane storefront for a new Euro-styled creperie called Beignets, in the Crescent Building.

The mother-son team believes Spokane foodies are ready for a place that serves thin, French-inspired crepes and other lunch and dinner items. They plan to open in June.

Ryan Sowards said the name is meant to convey atmosphere and variety. Diners will be served fresh beignets — deep-fried pastries — before the entree, he said.

They’re leasing 3,800 square feet at 707 W. Main Ave., behind Madeleine’s Cafe. It’s the space that was used by Cucina, Cucina.

They plan to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Stephen Pohl and Jon Jeffreys represented property owner Red Tail LLC. Chris Bell represented the Sowards. All three work with NAI Black.

Maverik is the name

The first area Maverik convenience store-service station has opened at 4206 E. Day Mt. Spokane Road in Mead.

The 4,200-square-foot store provides beverages, foods, snacks and deli offerings.

Maverik Inc. has more than 200 locations across the West.

Jimmy John’s opens No. 3

A third Spokane area Jimmy John’s will open in March in Lincoln Heights Shopping Center.

The new shop moves into the former Curves location near Trader Joe’s.

Operating the new Jimmy John’s are Ric and Kathy Rocca of Spokane. The couple operate two other Jimmy John’s shops, in downtown and near Gonzaga University.

They’re leasing 1,500 square feet from property owner Vandervert  Developments. The business also delivers sandwiches in the area.

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