New York-style menu featured at NYC Piano Bar

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Courtesy photo The new offices for Ellenbecker Eye Clinic have opened at 2020 Riverstone Drive.

Music, food and beverages in a unique setting are the combined attractions at the NYC Piano Bar that opened last weekend at 315 E. Sherman Ave.

A person playing a small piano just inside the sidewalk door lures you to the place. Then you look downstairs to a large room (4,000 square feet) with two very grand pianos, a dancing floor and tables to seat 125 people. The place formerly was Jimmy D’s Wine Cellar.

Popular music of all genres accompanies a large array of beverages and a New York-style menu with pizza, calzones, specialty dishes, entrees and even hot dogs and pretzels. Seating is at tables, the bar and the lounge.

“It’s a show at a comfortable level,” said Daniel Schnatter, owner with his wife, Nika. He’s originally from New York and has performed “everywhere.” She is from Canada.

Hours are 11 a.m. to closing at midnight or 2 a.m. An elevator is available. The place can be used for presentations and gatherings. Phone 208-930-1504. Check

Ellenbecker Eye Clinic opens new office

Professional eye care services and custom eyewear are offered at Ellenbecker Eye Clinic, which recently moved to 2020 Riverstone Drive.

Services include comprehensive eye health exams, determination of eyeglass and contact lens prescriptions and the use of advanced instruments to diagnose, follow and treat many eye conditions and diseases.

“We co-manage cataract surgery, lasik surgery, macular degeneration treatment and oculoplastic conditions with numerous surgeons and specialists,” said Dr. Wayne Ellenbecker.

Dr. Cindy Ellenbecker is a dry-eye specialist. They have been here since 1991.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Phone 208-667-2255. Check

Paragon Brewing building new place

With a full brewpub under construction, Paragon Brewing is growing at 5785 N. Government Way, its four-year location.

Offering a diverse “beer-centric” menu with a family-friendly environment open to all ages, business will continue as usual during construction of about four months.

Owners are Chris Kieres, Kerry Kieres and Matt Dill. Phone 208-772-9292. Check

Holiday Inn Express remodeling on Seltice

A complete refinishing is underway at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites at 2300 W. Seltice Way.

The extensive project includes the exterior, lobby, breakfast bar, pool area, fitness center, public restrooms, boardroom, corridors and guest rooms.

With 101 rooms and open since 2006, the amenities include a complimentary deluxe breakfast and light meal (with beer and wine included 5-7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday).

The hotel is locally owned and operated by Sterling Hospitality with the motto “Impress Guests.” Phone 208-667-3100.

And now the Tidbits

• Whoops. Macaron will be a new eatery in the former Montgomery Ward building being remodeled at 119 N. Fourth St. It’ll have a preview of its products in the Downtown Street Fair the first weekend of August.

• Owner Nancy Jones will retire and close Artworks Coeur d’Alene at 2049 Main St. in Riverstone. After 45 years of art business, the closing celebration will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 31. The closing liquidation sale is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Phone 208-665-2726. Check

• The A&B Market in the former Dingle Hardware building at 402 E. Sherman will open Aug. 15. Watch for details on it and the office spaces on the second and third floors.

• Riverview Towers at 2100 Northwest Blvd. will have new occupants in Evergreen Home Loans and Meine Insurance.

• PayneWest Insurance in October will move from 703 Lakeside Ave. to Parkside Tower at 601 E. Front.

• Watch for a Jitterz coffee stand at Prairie and Heartland.

• Roger’s Burgers & Ice Cream, already with two places in Coeur d’Alene and one in Post Falls, is building a fourth, this one at 8833 N. Hess St. in Hayden.

• Northwest Tea Company will be at 4055 N. Government Way (the former Herbie’s Cafe location).

• The Collective Kitchen owners on Sherman will open The Global Kitchen where the Uva eatery was on Lakeside.

• Hibachi Sushi is coming to 221 E. Sherman.

• A Profile By Sanford and a Thai Express eatery will open in Crossroads Center at Appleway and Ramsey.

• A new Fu-Ki Japanese Steakhouse is under construction where the Kynrede Cafe was at 8885 N. Government Way in Hayden.

• Watch for a new Beau Monde Exchange and a new Domino’s Pizza in Post Falls.

• Incrediburger & Eggs will build a new place next to Firehouse Subs on Appleway. Idaho Central Credit Union will be across the street.

• A new place downtown will be Live For Blu fine art at 505 E. Sherman.

• Hotel news: The Shilo Inn on Appleway is being completely remodeled; it will become a Comfort Suites and Mainstay Suites with 138 rooms, an indoor pool and a meeting room for 50 people. Staybridge Suites hotel is under construction in Riverstone.

• A reader noted that the same letters are in “live,” “vile,” “evil,” “veil” and “Levi.”

• Ah, the 50th Art on the Green is at NIC Aug. 3-5. And Art in the Park and the Downtown Street Fair will be nearby.

• Contact Nils Rosdahl at

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