~ originally published in the Journal of Business on Sept. 22, 2011 ~
Business partners Jason Rex and Connie Naccarato, co-owners and operators of the Scratch Restaurant & Lounge here, plan to open two restaurants, Rex’s Burgers & Brews and Fraiche Contemporary French, next month in the downtown space at 14 N. Post that formerly housed Niko’s Greek Restaurant & Wine Bar.
The two businesses will share the 6,300-square-foot leased space and the kitchen within, Rex says. He says he expects plans to have nine employees at Fraiche and 40 at Rex’s Burgers. Cooks will be trained on both menus.
Rex’s Burgers will operate as a high-end sports bar, but also will be family friendly, Rex says. It will feature an interactive burger bar, where patrons can choose their own condiments to customize their burgers. Fraiche will put a local twist on French cuisine, Rex says, and will offer an upscale, white-tablecloth atmosphere. Both establishments will feature homemade food in the tradition of Scratch, he says.
Johnson Consulting, of Spokane, was in charge of renovating the space, which cost around $100,000, Rex says.