Kiko's opening at McEuen

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Kiko's Harbor House Grill is scheduled to open July 4 at the newly developed McEuen Park overlooking Lake Coeur d'Alene near the Tubbs Hill west entry. Kiko's will feature an Asian-American cuisine served on a casual open-air patio with beautiful lake views. Seating is for 60 under umbrellas.

The menu consists of a variety of healthy Asian salads, rice bowls, tacos, sandwiches and wraps with an outside barbecue of Korean meats and signature burgers. Owners Randy and Akiko Folk, owners of Tiki Hospitality, say they are excited to be one of the few dining establishments on the lake.

"Our menu offers something for the entire family with real fruit smoothies, great food at affordable prices and beer and wine once our application is approved," Randy said. "We are grateful for this opportunity that the city council awarded to us."

Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. after Labor Day.

Uva Trattoria moves downtown

Uva Italian Trattoria Restaurant opened this weekend at 309 E. Lakeside Ave. in the space formerly occupied by The Fork, Lemongrass and Takara Sushi. It moved after more than a year at 2605 N. Fourth (and Best).

Owners and siblings Steven and Lisa Van Zeveren offer homemade Italian food - pizza, marsala, baked pasta dishes, calamari, anti-pasto, salads, soups, house bread and desserts - all made from scratch.

"We work with a wide variety of dietary restrictions with gluten-free and vegan options," Lisa said, "with homemade huckleberry and peach sangria, six rotating draft beer taps, bottled beers and a wine list with 65-plus options."

They also have a fast-lunch option, happy-hour specials 3-6 p.m., live music on Thursdays and a monthly five-course winemakers-host dinner. Both the Van Zeverens have several years experience in the business.

The new location has two dining rooms and two tatami rooms for private dining. Seating is for 120 customers at booths, tables and a 15-seat bar. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4-9 p.m. Sundays. Phone 930-0573. Check

Crafted adds beer garden

A beer garden for downtown's busy weekends is the new venue for Crafted Tap House on Sixth Street between Sherman and Lakeside avenues.

With a special menu, the area offers 12 craft beers and ciders on tap, sausages, music and yard games of giant jenga and corn hole. Umbrellas and a misting system keep guests cool. The same Crafted employees are managed by Rob Berger, Chris Evans, Emily Rivera, Alex Jacobson and Mike Detar.

Hours in the beer garden are 4-11 p.m. Fridays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays. Phone 292-4813. Check

Smart Start for kids

Traditional and Montessori teaching for young learners is the theme of Smart Start Learning Academy at 180 W. Clayton Ave. (between Government Way and Highway 95 and south of Dalton Avenue).

Opening June 15, the 11,000-square-foot facility has an indoor gym, cafeteria and new classrooms with room for about 60 students between ages 2 through kindergarten. Basic learning principles are applied with reading, science, Spanish curriculum and educational summer and science camps.

"We fill a gap early with proven teaching methods appropriate for their ages, skills-building and focused reading and science opportunities," said owner Jennifer McMeekan. "A study shows that students who have attended a year or more of pre-primary education score an average of 33 points higher on a comprehensive reading assessment."

A public school teacher for 11 years, she has a handpicked staff and facility manager, her husband, Dave.

Hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays. Phone 966-4256. Email

Now for the Tidbits!

- Watch next week for details of Coeur d'Alene Bike Co. at 314 N. Third St. It opens this week with basic repairs and completely next week with full repairs, sales and rentals.

- Also watch for details on Pinot's Pallette (painting and sipping) at 728 N. Fourth St., Kaiju Sushi & Spirits at 424 E. Sherman Ave., Heart of the City Church at W. 772 Kathleen, Gaiwan Tea House at 901 N. Fourth, the former Oil Can Henry's to become a coffee place on Third Street, Great Escapes Espresso II to be at 1107 N. Fourth and The River Fly Shop to open in Kingston.

- Closing recently were The Coeur d'Alenes Restaurant on Ironwood Drive, Susie's Kitchen on Highway 95 and Terra Sport downtown.

- Prairie Avenue needs a traffic light at the Courcelles intersection.

- When something is publicized as an annual event such as 25th annual, it isn't part of the capitalized name.

- Politicians should wear uniforms so we can identify their corporate sponsors.

- Contact Nils Rosdahl at

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