Business Bites: OP closed; Cafe Paniolo open; Opening of life in bloom; closure of Mike’s Movies; Act Normal Theater performing in March



The Other Place, or OP, is closing.

Ryan Pachek has purchased the business and the location will be closed for a few months for renovations. They are waiting for approvals and permits, Pachek said.

They will remodel and reopen as Whiskey Falls Casino, he said.

They are working on finalizing a kitchen tenant, he said.


The Karpeles Manuscript Library planned a location at 1300 1st Ave. N. but abandoned that plan, according to his local manager.

Cafe Paniolo

Paniolo Cafe opened at 600 Central Ave., Suite 109.

It’s Hawaiian-style cuisine with sandwiches and pastries that change weekly.

life in bloom

Life in Bloom, a local florist, will soon open a retail store at 525 Central Ave.m Suite 5A on the ground floor of the Times Square building.


The city issued a demolition permit for the old Novco building at 711 10th Ave. S. in December. We know what the plans are for this site, but we are awaiting confirmation from the company.


Yes, another Starbucks is currently under construction at 1626 10th Ave. S. with a drive-thru.

We reported in December that the city had issued the building permit and in October that the demolition permit had been issued for the former China Buffet building.

Business Bites: The Commons on Central is coming to JJs old bakery; The renovation of the Wild Hare is progressing; demonstration permit issued for former China Buffet; Studio Barre celebrates its third anniversary; Cassiopée organizing events; Hi-Line Climbing’s expansion continues; NWGF acquires more land

Starbucks confirmed to The Electric that the new location will replace the location across from the Holiday Village mall.

This relocation will take place when construction is complete in late 2022, according to Starbucks.

Starbucks employees at the mall will have the option to transfer to the new store, which will employ about 22 people, according to the company.

Mike’s movies and more

Mike’s Movies and More is closing. The store on 3rd Street Northwest, near the Do Bar and the subway, will be open until March, but the owner is retiring.

“If you are interested in purchasing the business or much of the inventory, contact me at 406-453-0684, during store hours. At this point I only sell duplicate copies or movies that haven’t been rented in ages. I want to hold on to some of the good ones because…. I love movies. I will continue to rent until March if your account is up to date. I appreciates my customers, my employees, my former employees, my family, and everyone who has made Mike’s Movies & More successful. It’s been a fun ride, but I have to admit I’m a little excited for what’s next,” said said the owner on the shop’s Facebook page this week.

normal theater act

Act Normal Theater presents “A Comedy of Tenors” dinner theater for the month of March in the Times Square Event Center at 525 Central Ave.

Tickets and more information are available on their website.


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