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The Dirt: New burger restaurant to fill old Wolffy’s

A new restaurant is coming to the building formerly 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 burger industry by studying consumer trends, demographics, menus, and building layouts.

The Stewarts found that a disproportionately high percentage of customers preferred to purchase meals from drive-through kiosks. They then developed a double window 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 contractor for the Frugals restaurant project on Hamilton Street. The project architect is Bargreen Ellingson of Tacoma.

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

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 the reason for the Hamilton Street location being closed.

Opening of BigFoot Java on the North division

BigFoot Java, a chain of specialty drive-through cafes spans 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 plots of land in 2002, 2012, and 2014, N. Division St., as per request.

The project appraisal is $ 1 million, including the purchase of the land, depending on demand.

The site is adjacent to the former Mountain Gear outdoor gear store, which is in the process of being converted into a 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 converted into apartments

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

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

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

Indigo Diggs, based in Spokane, is the architect of the project.

Self-storage facility at Airway Heights

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

Chris Bornhoft, President and Managing Member of Starlen Properties, has applied to the city for a pre-development 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 with a total area of ​​34,560 square feet. The second phase provides for two additional buildings with a total area of ​​35,520 square feet. Self-storage units will be sold individually to buyers, depending on the application.

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

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