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Boat in and dine out

by NILS ROSDAHL/Special To The Press
| October 24, 2021 1:07 AM

The new Sedlemayer's Resort and Restaurant at 7712 W. Spirit Lake Road, offers waterfront dining with the RV park and camping.

Boat in or drive in for steak, seafood, pasta, burgers, sandwiches and shareables, such as baked brie in puff pastry with homemade huckleberry compote, and signature cocktails with local beers on tap.

Seating is waterfront, deck, full bar and banquette style with a historical decor. Different nights have different specials, often paired with live music. Guest and party night bookings are available.

Mandi and Collin Conway and their daughters Daisy and Zoe offer hours of 4 to 8 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, with Sunday brunches starting in November.

Phone 208-819-4370. Check

Milk & Honey Coffee opens in Post Falls

With signature drinks and food items such as bagels, toasts and pantries, Mike & Honey Coffee drive-through has opened at 3165 E. Mullan (at the Cecil Road intersection) in Post Falls.

The special now is a pumpkin honeybee. Hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The coffee shack also offers organic, locally roasted espresso.

Grease Monkey starts Athol construction

With multiple vehicle service options, Grease Monkey has started construction of its new building at 7001 E. Athol Crossings.

It will include a three-bay oil change, car maintenance, tires, brakes, a touchless car wash and vacuums. Hours will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday with owner Christian Watts.

Grease Monkey started in 1978 in Denver and has more than 300 locations.

Now the Tidbits

  • Signs on Wayne Drive in Hayden say "Future home of Longwell & Trapp Architects and Blue Chip Chiropractic."
  • Northwest Specialty Hospital is expanding at 1551 E. Mullan Ave., in Post Falls.
  • Open Arms Real Choice Clinic will move from 1800 Lincoln Way to 8056 N. Wayne Drive, in Hayden.
  • Metro Express Car Wash is building a large new place in the northwest corner of Highway 41 and I-90.
  • Lone Mountain Farms & Brewery will have a new place in the Lancaster Market development at U.S. 95 and Lancaster Road.
  • Consign Furniture has a "coming soon" sign southwest of the Highway 95-Lancaster Road intersection.
  • Renew Aesthetics & IV Hydration Bar will move from 515 Fourth St. to 1101 W. Ironwood Drive in January.
  • A Board & Brush place will be in Prairie Shopping Center.
  • Hmm. The "For Sale" sign is gone in the northeast corner of Hanley and Ramsey and surveyors were there. What's happening?
  • Black Lodge Brewing will open soon on Third Street downtown.
  • The Rebel Junk Shoppe at 2424 N. Fourth St. will expand to a street-side location.
  • Bruchi's quick service restaurant is planned for a new building north of the corner of Highway 41 and Mullan Avenue.
  • The new Dairy Queen at 513 W. Hayden Ave. (just west of Highway 95) will open in November.
  • The former Ugly Fish restaurant building will be a Berkshire Hathaway Realty in Riverstone.
  • Watch for construction of Vantage Point Brewery across from Michael D's Eatery off Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive.
  • Golf Island and Pedego Electric Bikes are coming into Riverstone.
  • Kaffee Meister will be at 9212 Government Way.
  • A Sweet Lou's restaurant and a Grease Monkey auto place will be at the Crossings in Athol.
  • Watch for Rivers Edge Apartments to be built at 3528 W. Seltice Way.
  • Gathered Restaurant is new on Spokane Street in Post Falls.
  • The Lucille building under construction at 2605 N. Fourth St. will have five commercial suites.
  • TownPlace Suites by Marriott Hotel will be built where the Outback Steakhouse was in the southeast corner of I-90 and Northwest Boulevard.
  • Several steel storage buildings will be built at 3758 W. Hanley Ave., (off Atlas Road) for Hern Ironworks.
  • New places coming to Silver Lake Mall include See's Candies, Nailed It, Customs Laser Engraving, All Fired Up, Crime Scene Entertainment and American Heritage.
  • A Sarah Hamilton Face place will be at 2120 Northwest Blvd.
  • Watch for something coming into the former ShopKo building ... possibly Sportsman's & Ski Haus.
  • A new commercial and residential building will be built at Government Way and Davidson Ave.
  • Watch for major changes with the Burger Bunker and Bunker Bar off Spokane Street in Post Falls.
  • A new building for Linden Coffee Co. is under construction at 1502 N. Third St.
  • A new gas station-convenience store will be in the northeast corner of Atlas at Seltice.
  • We have rumors of new Costco in Hayden and State Line and a Trader Joe's in Coeur d'Alene. We'll see.
  • A large storage complex and new corporate office for Steel Structures of America is being built off Highway 41.
  • The Den will be a new tavern at 761 N. Idaho St. in Post Falls.
  • My Nails & Spa will be off Canfield Avenue.
  • The CD'A Corner Store is adding a kitchen and tables downtown.
  • Takara restaurant will be downtown.
  • Schmidty's Burgers will be at 1524 E. Sherman Ave.
  • Napa Auto & Truck is building a new location in Rathdrum.
  • Coeur d'Alene Nissan will have a major addition to its building off U.S. 95.
  • Watch for a new apartment building at 128 W. Neider Ave. (across from Safeway).
  • Mountain Goat Lounge is under construction connected to the Moose Lounge downtown.
  • The Lake Coeur d'Alene Inn is under construction on Coeur d'Alene Lake Drive between Mullan Ave. and Michael D's Eatery.
  • The TV weather people often say "further" when they mean "farther," and they incorrectly say the "... ward" words with an "s." Notice that the punctuation goes in front of the quote marks. The TV "Jeopardy" show clues always have that wrong for millions of viewers to see.
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Some of the most interesting landscaping rock features in the Northwest originated in the Columbia Basin.

Called columnar basalts, these were formed by cooling magma which extruded from the earth's core long before the Second Ice Age and the Missoula Floods.

Last week I wrote incorrectly that the rocks originated from sandstone from Glacier Lake Missoula that had hardened into hexagonal (six-sided) rocks. Several readers corrected me, including Dwight McCain, Kathy Marcus and Dave Brown.

As McCain explained, the name "basalt" should be a clue. It's an igneous rock that came from lava that covered large areas of the Columbia Basin in many different flows. When the hot magma gradually cools, it condenses into hexagonal-shaped columns perpendicular to the flow. The larger columns usually indicate slower cooling.

Places in Washington where these are visible include the Columbia River Gorge at Vantage, Highway 28 south of Wenatchee, Moses Coulee, Grand Coulee and Spokane Falls.

As a landscaping specialty, the most obvious are on the way into Spokane Airport. Locally, small ones are along the Higgens Point Trail at the end of Coeur d'Alene Lake Highway.


A columnar basalt example on Higgens Point Trail.


A different Grease Monkey location expected to look similar to the one under construction in Athol.


Milk & Honey Coffee baristas Tessa Sarff, left, and Peyton Kronenberg.

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