By Kellie Trudeau/The Independent Staff
ChewVino adding delicatessen
The ChewVino Wine Bar will soon offer hungry people a new lunch option on Main Street – a gourmet delicatessen featuring gourmet soups and sandwich options.
ChewVino owners Krisan and Rich LeHew are working to expand the business they opened in 2013, located at 309 E. Main Street, by adding a retail wine shop and the new delicatessen to the front of the store. The expansion comes after The Independent moved out of the building last October.
Renovations of the building include taking down the interior walls separating the spaces, restoring the interior by exposing the original brick walls and the original flooring from when the building was a post office long ago; it will match the feel of the existing wine bar.
LeHew said the delicatessan will offer food on-the-go not typical of the other options in town. The menu will include pita sandwiches, soups, special salads and artisan cured meats.
When the delicatessen is ready, hopefully sometime this fall, ChewVino will expand its hours to be open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday. The current schedule remains Wednesday through Saturday evenings.
Valley Drug gets parking lot
Chewelah’s former Chinese restaurant, New Shanghai, which was once located on South Park Avenue between the Valley Drug Co. and American Legion, closed with little warning this last spring. Soon after, the owner of Valley Drug, Kevin Herda, purchased the building and had it demolished, creating a parking lot for his store.
Herda said that the parking lot will allow for potential expansion or renovation of the second floor of Valley Drug, and will also make up for lost parking if the city ever decided to do away with street parking on the highway. He said there are currently no plans on what he might do with the second floor but the parking lot allows for some new possibilities.
Terrace Grille is going mobile
The owner of The Terrace Grille, Angella Coscia, closed her restaurant at the end of August after a year and a half serving healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner options at the building located on the north end of Chewelah, just off the highway. Coscia said she wants to go back to doing what she loves and the “brick and mortar” restaurant kept her away from her passions, which include cooking and being a mom to her two daughters.
However, she wants to continue to bring her local costomers the food they love and plans to offer her healthy take-out style options at a mobile-style business, which Coscia has coined “Going Global Mobile.” She plans to park either a trailer or food truck at Quartzite Brewing Company’s parking lot, offering “global” eats similar to what she had available at The Terrace Grill.
Coscia plans to be open in time for the start of ski season, around Dec. 1.
Valley cafe closes
The Laughing Crow Café in Valley shuttered its doors in August and the building is once again up for sale.
Tracy and Joelene Williams took over Our Daily Bread Cafe last fall and changed the name to The Laughing Crow, offering made to order breakfast and lunch. But they decided to close before their first year was over, and it has left a vacant building in downtown Valley.
Building owner Gerri Weythman said that everything inside the building is almost brand new since her and her husband Gary spent two years renovating the space before opening Our Daily Bread in 2013, including completely gutting and remodeling the interior. She said the building has potential to be more than just a restaurant — such as an event space, shop, day care center or other possibilities — and can be sold with our without the equipment.
Contact the Weythmans at 937-2043 for questions or inquiries on the building for sale.
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