Habit Burger Grill plans restaurant in North Spokane

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Habit Burger Grill is looking to expand into the town of Lilacs again four years after dropping plans for a restaurant in North Spokane.

A building permit is being reviewed by the city for a 3,120 square foot Habit Burger Grill at 6335 N. Division St.

The Irvine, Calif.-based restaurant chain has gained some popularity for its grilled-to-order burgers topped with fresh produce.

Habit Burger’s menu also includes sushi-grade chicken, tri-tip steaks, and ahi tuna sandwiches. It also includes made-to-order salads, sweet potato fries, green bean tempura, and artisan shakes.

The Habit Burger has 12 restaurants in Washington, including locations in Yakima and Richland.

The first of the hamburger chain joints opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969.

Co-founder and former CEO Brent Reichard got a job flipping burgers at the establishment when he was 16. Four years later, he bought the restaurant with his brother Bruce.

Reichard resigned as CEO in 2008, following the takeover of Habit Burger by private equity firm KarpReilly in 2007.

Reichard was replaced by Russ Bendel, a restaurant industry veteran who previously served as president and COO of The Cheesecake Factory.

Yum Brands, based in Louisville, Kentucky, which also operates KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and WingStreet, acquired the Habit Burger brand last year.

The Habit Burger Grill now has more than 325 restaurants in 14 states, in addition to locations in China and Cambodia.

The project valuation for the proposed Habit Burger Grill in North Spokane is $700,000, depending on the application.

Clark Commercial Development, based in Santa Ana, Calif., is the contractor for the project. Lingle Design Group, based in Lena, Illinois, is designing the restaurant.

In 2018, Habit Burger applied to the city for a building permit for a restaurant at 6710 N. Division St. in North Spokane.

The company withdrew its application a year later and a Maverik gas station was subsequently built on the site.

TacoVado aims for space on Northwest BLVD

TacoVado is looking to expand from its drive-thru stand in the Midwest to a larger food court space.

A permit is being reviewed by the city to convert an existing building formerly occupied by The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy into a 1,570 square foot restaurant at 1327 W. Northwest Boulevard.

The work includes a service, kitchen and dining room, in addition to the construction of a container on the property for cold storage, depending on demand.

TacoVado currently operates out of a former coffee stand at 1602 N. Ash St.

The restaurant, which opened in 2020, serves tacos, burritos, and bowls for breakfast and lunch.

The estimated value of the permit is $49,000, depending on the application.

Vincent Bakulich, who is listed as the primary contact for the project on the permit, had submitted a pre-development application in April 2021 to potentially convert the existing building on the site into the Behive Urban Kitchen.

Those plans have not progressed past the pre-development conference with the city, except for an interior demolition permit approved in August.

Office and cider house planned on Third Ave.

An existing building on Third Avenue in downtown Spokane could be converted into an office, warehouse and cider house.

Spokane-based Copeland Architecture & Construction Inc. filed a pre-development application with the city to renovate an existing building and make site improvements at 213 and 217 E. Third Ave.

The works also include the construction of a storage shed and the addition of a patio at the west end of the existing building, according to a project layout plan.

Spokane County Assessors’ Office records show Third Draft LLC purchased the two sites on Third Avenue for $930,000 in April.

Third Draft LLC is registered with Austin Dickey, Steven Anderson, Jeff Fountain and Benjamin Pratt.

Pandora to open at Spokane Valley Mall

Pandora, a Danish jewelry manufacturer and designer known for its customizable charm bracelets, is opening a store at Spokane Valley Mall.

West End, a North Carolina-based business permitting group, filed a building permit application with the city last week to renovate an existing 1,400 square foot space to make way for Pandora at 14728 E. Indiana Ave.

The permit did not specify an office number for the proposed jewelry store.

The value of the permit is $160,000, depending on the application.

Per Enevoldsen and his wife, Winnie, founded Pandora in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1982.

The couple often traveled to Thailand in search of jewelry to import.

As the demand for products grew, they became jewelry wholesalers.

In 1987, Pandora expanded and its first designer joined the company, which focused on creating its own jewelry, according to the company’s website.

In 2000, Pandora launched its charm bracelet concept. The company expanded to the United States in 2003.

In addition to charm bracelets, Pandora also designs and manufactures rings, earrings, necklaces and watches.

The company opened its first concept store in Charlotte, North Carolina in 2007.

Pandora has more than 27,300 employees worldwide and more than 420 concept stores in the United States, of which approximately 150 are owned and operated by the company.

The Spokane Valley Mall site would be Pandora’s second proposed location.

Commercial Permit Group received building permit approval from the City of Spokane in April to convert a 1,900 square foot second floor space at River Park Square into a Pandora store.

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