Canlis family’s military history took them from chow hall to wine cellar

CalisOne of the last people to sit at Table 36 was a young airman who called Canlis from overseas to make a reservation for himself and a date.

He had saved up to buy her a dress and take her out while he was home on leave. He wanted her to know how much he appreciated that she stuck by him while he was deployed.

When the restaurant’s owners — and some guests sitting near the young couple — heard the story, they made sure that young airman didn’t pay a penny for the night out.

Perched above Lake Union, the landmark restaurant is known for the swagger of late founder Peter Canlis. But third-generation owners, brothers Mark and Brian Canlis, developed their business strategy in another type of service — the military.

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Which Seattle small businesses are in developers’ crosshairs

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Yasuko Connor doesn’t really want to talk about why her teriyaki shop on Broadway closed after more than twenty years.

“Employees were not honest,” she said, “business was declining so I sold the building.”

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‘55,000 people have seen me naked:’ A story of ‘revenge porn’ and the lawyers who are trying to stop it

RP080516The story how an emerging cyber crime is affecting the lives of hundreds of women in Washington state.
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New Schroeder Dance Hall owner to preserve historic integrity

Schroeder Dance HallSCHROEDER – Long heralded as one of the greatest dance halls in Texas – where Merle Haggard, George Strait and Tammy Wynette have entertained crowds – Schroeder Hall is getting a new dance partner.

Having survived decades of brutal Texas weather and rock ‘n’ roll music, the dance hall is trading hands. Doug Guller, who owns the Bikinis Sports Bar and Grill chain and ATX Brands, and new manager and booking agent Stephen Dean have purchased the iconic venue from the Kleinecke family.

Dean, the co-founder of Texas Dance Hall Preservation Inc., prides himself on nostalgia.

“I really feel that it’s important that these dance halls remain alive – it’s family,” Dean said. “I want to help this place stay alive.”

He was pivotal in reviving Sengelmann Hall in Schulenburg and others across Central Texas. He’s up to the task of breathing new life into Schroeder Hall, 12516 Farm-to-Market Road 622. Continue reading New Schroeder Dance Hall owner to preserve historic integrity

Stuff Your Face: Market merges upscale with down-home

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VICTORIA – Spiced with intriguing ideas and a laid-back atmosphere, formal business meetings and casual lunches live in harmony at Huvar’s Artisan Market.

The restaurant, sandwiched between city hall, a furniture shop and the skeleton of a former wine bar, offers a breath of fresh, albeit eclectic, air to downtowners looking for good eats.

Under the direction of Sean Fanelli, executive chef and general manager, Huvar’s new menu features salads loaded with organic greens, hot-pressed sandwiches, gourmet burgers and a selection of in-house-pecan- smoked bacon, in-house corned beef, homemade pimento cheese and other goodies for sale by the pint or by the pound. Continue reading Stuff Your Face: Market merges upscale with down-home

Library patrons booked into jail for late fees, overdue books

Handcuffed and ankle-shackled, Jacob deLaGarza marched in a single-file line to see the judge.

His crime: two research books and a Bruce Springsteen CD all long overdue at the Victoria Public Library.

Lost or late materials can result in more than just a 10-cent-a-day fine – readers can find themselves behind bars.

“I’ve never been so humiliated in my life,” said deLaGarza, a medic, now 32 and living in Sugar Land. “We went down to the county jail, and I was charged with failure to return property and failure to pay a fine, class C misdemeanors.” Continue reading Library patrons booked into jail for late fees, overdue books