Posted on October 10, 2013 at 5:57 PM
Thursday, Oct 10 at 6:40 PM
SPOKANE, Wash.--Geno’s in North Spokane is under new ownership and reopened Tuesday night following a June fire which closed the restaurant.
The new owners said they were looking to buy Geno’s before a three-alarm fire destroyed part of the building near Hamilton and Sinto. Co-owner Marshall Powell said he looked at the old restaurant less than a week before the fire. Powell said they have repaired everything from new wiring to sheetrock.
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"In the end it actually worked out better for us because we got a bunch of equipment that we didn't have to pay for, which was nice,” said Powell.
The June 15th fire also destroyed neighboring apartments. Investigators called the fire arson but never charged a suspect.
Powell said insurance with the old owners covered most of the damage, which was contained to the outside and the walk-in cooler. The new owners closed the deal at the end of August according to Powell.
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The signs at Geno’s are staying the same but the restaurant is no longer Italian.
"We kept the name mainly because it's been Geno's for 50 years,” said Powell.
Powell is one of four partners operating the newly renovated Geno’s. The four partners are the same people behind The Elk in Browne’s Addition and The Two Seven in South Spokane.
The owners said it has been a smooth start and they hope they will see more customers coming through with each new day.