Hamburger restaurant

The Dirt: a new hamburger restaurant to fill the old Wolffy’s

A new restaurant is moving into the building once occupied by Wolffy’s Hamburgers near Gonzaga University.

Kalispell-based real estate company Landstar Properties has applied for a building permit with the city to convert the 1,400-square-foot building at 1229 N. Hamilton St. into a Frugals burger restaurant.

In 1988, Peter and Sheila Stewart opened the first Frugals burger restaurant in Port Angeles. Prior to opening the restaurant, the Stewarts conducted a comprehensive analysis of the hamburger industry by studying consumer trends, demographics, menus and building layouts.

The Stewarts found that a disproportionately high percentage of customers preferred to purchase meals at drive-thru counters. They then developed a double-desk drive-thru concept allowing for faster service and lower prices, according to the company’s website.

The concept was a hit with customers, and the Stewarts opened a second restaurant in 1990 in Tacoma, followed by locations in Auburn and Kalispel.

Frugals now has six locations in Washington and Montana, in addition to a food truck.

Element Worx Inc. of Kalispell is the project contractor for the Frugals restaurant on Hamilton Street. The architect for the project is Bargreen Ellingson of Tacoma.

The valuation of the project is $120,000, depending on the application.

Frugals did not respond to a request for comment on its Spokane plans.

Wolffy’s Hamburgers, which was a 1950s-style restaurant, closed in January. The Davis family, owners of Wolffy’s and sister restaurant Wolffy’s Breakfast Burgers & Brews in Airway Heights, cited statewide coronavirus warrants as reason for closing Hamilton Street location.

Opening of BigFoot Java on North Division

BigFoot Java, a specialty coffee drive-thru chain, is expanding to Spokane with a location on Division Street.

Seattle-based AMJ Development filed a pre-development application with the city to build a coffee stand on three parcels of land at 2002, 2012, and 2014 N. Division St., according to the application.

The valuation of the project is $1 million, including the purchase of the land, depending on the request.

The site is adjacent to the former Mountain Gear outdoor equipment store, which is being converted to Dollar Tree.

Bigfoot Investment Group LLC opened the first BigFoot Java in Puyallup in 2002. BigFoot Java has since expanded to 35 locations in the state.

Former Econo Lodge to be transformed into apartments

A former Econo Lodge Inn & Suites near Sunset Boulevard will be converted to apartments, according to an application filed with the city.

Fortify Holdings, based in Beaverton, Oregon, filed the application to change the use of the Econo Lodge to James Apartments at 1503 S. Rustle St.

Plans call for the renovation of former hotel rooms in the two-story, 35,400-square-foot building into apartments with kitchenettes. The work also includes painting and repairs.

Spokane-based Indigo Diggs is the architect for the project.

Airway Heights self-storage facility

The developers plan to build a new self-storage facility in Airway Heights.

Chris Bornhoft, president and managing member of Starlen Properties, filed a pre-development application with the city to build the facility near the northeast corner of Flight Drive and Deer Heights Road.

The first phase of development will consist of three self-storage buildings covering a total area of ​​34,560 square feet. The second phase includes two additional buildings covering a total of 35,520 square feet. Self-storage units will be sold individually to buyers, depending on demand.

The valuation of the project is $2.6 million, depending on the application.