Today’s column might make you hungry. Food is the central theme.
Ed and Mike Hatter (husband and wife) started the Coeur d’Alene Burger King in 1978. Originally from New York, Ed met Mike while in the military in California, and Mike, a Spokane native, invited him to the Inland Northwest.
They left Burger King for a while but came back with gusto in 1990. They soon will build their 14th regional store, and No. 15 is planned this fall.
Store 14 will be just north of Mountain West Bank along Highway 95 in the Prairie Shopping Center complex. The restaurant will seat 94 and have a large indoor play area.
Work on the new 3,500-square-foot, 70-employee store should be completed by October. The 15th outlet will be on Spokane’s South Hill.
The Hatters’ son, Scott, company district manager, helps run the operation, which now includes 550 employees.
The Hatters also plan to move their growing Hatter Investment offices from Lincoln Way in Coeur d’Alene to a new stand-alone building on the east side of Post Falls, north of Interstate 90.
Ruben Briseno also has a success story.
A native of Guadalajara, Mexico, Briseno immigrated to California at age 3 and later went to Seattle. Relatives in Spokane enticed him to Coeur d’Alene, and he started Toro Viejo four years ago.
Briseno has added restaurants in Hayden, Sandpoint and Post Falls and now employs more than 50 people.
His next project is to add a full-service sports lounge to his original restaurant. The 1,400-square-foot, 50-seat business will front on Lakeside Avenue, across from The Coeur d’Alene Press and connect to the Second Street Toro Viejo via an interior hallway.
The lounge will feature food and beverage service and sports entertainment will include dart boards and cable TVs. The lounge replaces the Frame of Mind shop, which moved downstairs.
Early risers in Hayden, Dalton Gardens and North Coeur d’Alene can get their caffeine buzz, health-juice refresher and sweet tooth fixes at Jonel’s Bakery. The new business opened Tuesday at 702 E. Prairie in the old Georgio’s Pizza space.
With her name declaring her vocation, Jonel Baker and two employees offer a variety of breads, coffee cakes, cinnamon rolls, muffins, low-fat scones and cookies. The bakery also offers espressos.
Originally from the East Bay in Northern California, Baker came to North Idaho 20 years ago for “a change of pace,” she said. She has baked for the Farmers’ Market for 11 years and is the baking partner for the new Lilikoi restaurant in Coeur d’Alene.
More food tidbits:
Remodeling changes seem to occur daily at Mad Mary’s new restaurant at 1422 Northwest Boulevard. The Thai restaurant will have an interior thatched roof and “tumbledown hut” on a new second level at the entry. Mad Mary’s will serve only breakfast and lunch until the major reopening later this month. Owners are Bill Colacurcio and Tim and Mary Cameron.
Entertainment - bands, comedy and magic - for adults will be the key at Bogey’s Billiards & Bistro, which will change to Bullwinkle’s this summer at 216 Coeur d’Alene Ave. Owners are Ron Levinson, who moved from San Luis Obispo, Calif., three years ago (he also owns the Furniture Broker in Coeur d’Alene) and Rick Olsness.
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