With 73 employees serving a potential 250 customers, MacKenzie River Pizza opened this week in the former home of America’s Cheesecake Cafe at 405 W. Canfield Ave. (next to Olive Garden at Highway 95).
Opening at 11 a.m. daily, the restaurant uses an exhibition kitchen to offer pizzas, pastas, salads, sandwiches, desserts, appetizers and a full bar. The place has seating for about 200 customers indoors and 50 on the patio.
With 13 restaurants, mostly in Montana, MacKenzie River is owned by the Glacier Restaurant Group of Whitefish, Mont., which also owns Ciao Mambo restaurants. Check www.grgfood.com. Phone 772-5111.
Post office outlets needed
The contract post office outlet in the 50 Percent Off Cards store closed, and the one in the former Do-It hardware store on Fourth Street may close in a few months.
So, the U.S. Postal Service is looking for places for its auxiliary stores, according to Dave Hoover, Coeur d’Alene postmaster.
“We research the location, and we pay the host business a percent of the business brought in,” Hoover said. “The places need to be centrally located and have easy access.”
Now under new ownership and renamed Ace Hardware, the former Do-It post office outlet there is under contract through April.
A business interested in providing a postal outlet should contact Hoover at David.L.Hoover@usps.gov.
Here’s the ‘loud music’ story
Although many readers offered quite consistent responses to the request for the “most-annoying-music” list of restaurants, it would be too negative to provide the places’ names.
Here’s why: As near as I could tell by the generations-old style of the names of the responders (Gladys, Cyrus, Edwin, Nils, etc.), it’s the older folks who are mostly annoyed by loud music in certain restaurants.
The managers/owners of the “accused” restaurants, however, said they use the music to create a certain ambiance, which sometimes isn’t attractive to the older generations. So, most of their business obviously comes from diners who enjoy that ambiance.
Sometimes the music is loud so the kitchen employees can hear it. Sometimes it’s the type of music the employees prefer.
Sometimes, however, it simply is too loud. You can request a dining location farther from a speaker. If it’s still too annoying, request that it be turned down. If that doesn’t work, choose another restaurant. Don’t take your frustration out on your servers by not tipping them; it’s not their fault.
This week’s tidbits
•The 315 Martinis and Tapas Restaurant in the Greenbriar Bed & Breakfast at 315 Wallace Ave., Coeur d’Alene, is now open from 3:15 p.m. to closing Tuesday through Saturday. Live music is Fridays and Saturdays with Tuesdays to be added with open-mike smooth jazz starting Feb. 17. Phone 667-9660.
•In Post Falls, what originally was Little Caesar’s Pizza and then was a Big Cheese Pizza at 1790 E. Seltice Way once again is a Little Caeser’s Pizza. It has 20 employees. Phone 773-6659.
•Snow clogging sidewalks along busy school access routes should be cleared so children don’t have to walk in the berm-narrowed, slick streets. One ironic example is along Best Avenue where the clogged sidewalk owners include a church and a labor force provider.
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