City of Spokane selling land, future of Anthony's Restaurant unknown

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by Shawn Chitnis & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on July 13, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 13 at 5:10 PM

SPOKANE-- This week the City of Spokane announced plans to sell the property where Anthony’s Restaurant sits in downtown Spokane.

The business’s riverside location is owned by the city, but Anthony’s has a 10-year lease that runs through May 2014. The 34,000-square-foot site includes the 11,000 square feet the restaurant uses.

Right now, Anthony’s employs more than 75 people at the Spokane location. Staff with the Seattle based company say the plan to make an offer for the building.

“We want to stay. We love being three. We’ve worked hard to become a part of the community and support community events,” Anthony’s Vice President of Marketing Lane Hoss said.

The Spokane City Council voted to sell properties like the Anthony’s location Monday. These sites were determined to be a surplus for the city.

Council members would like to sell these spots and use the money to maintain other locations like City Hall. The additional funds would help keep up buildings determined to be essential for the city.

Staff members say the city will have to consider the most competitive offer for the site, even if that means prevents Anthony’s from staying at that location.

The city plans to release its request for proposals to buy the site sometime next week.

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