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Melson joins rotation with Perkins hurt

Caught up with freshmen Silas Melson and Josh Perkins (pictured above) for a few minutes after GU's win over St. John's in the NIT Season Tip-Off title game Friday. Here's the article I put together on the two that will run in Monday's paper.

Perkins commits to Gonzaga

Gonzaga's 2014 class got a huge boost Saturday morning when Josh Perkins, ranked in the top 30 by several recruiting services, announced his intention to play for the Bulldogs.

Perkins made his announcement on KUSA, a television station in his hometown of Denver.

More below on Perkins.

Elmers Moving Into Old Perkins Spot

This item was stolen from Nils Rosdahl's, "Business Bits" column in the CdA Press, but it was reported that Elmer's Family Restaurant is moving into the former Perkins Family Restaurant spot on Appleway next to La Quinta Inn, behind Burger King. I spent 9,568 hours at Perkins in high school drinking endless pots of coffee and smoking cigs until I wanted to puke (yes, I am that old — smoking was allowed in restaurants back then). I hadn't been in years, and the food was terribly rotten, but part of me felt like I was losing something when Perkins closed three-or-so years ago. Happy to see that Elmer's is taking over the space/OrangeTV, Get Out! North Idaho. More here.

Question: Would you be more apt to try Elmer's when it re-locates from West Neider to old Perkins restaurant?

Spokane Valley Perkins closed

KHQ is reporting this morning that the Spokane Valley Perkins restaurant at Mission and Argonne has closed. Apparently the restaurant's franchise agreement expired and the owners said it was too expensive to renew it. The location is just down the street from the Marie Callender's restaurant that closed last week. This means that 14 employees are now out of work. Click here for more details.

Spokane Valley Marie Callender restaurant closes

The Spokane Valley Marie Callender's restaurant is one of more than 60 shut down this past weekend as parent firm,  Perkins & Marie Callender’s Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

A release noted that the chain expects to close 65 stores and lay off 2,500, roughly 20 percent of its work force of 12,350.

There are four area Perkins restaurants — two in Spokane, one in Spokane Valley, one in Coeur d’Alene  that are locally owned franchises which will stay open.

Documents filed with the United States Bankruptcy Court in Delaware indicated the company could not afford to build new restaurants and upgrade existing ones, so it lost traffic to better funded restaurant competitors.