Here’s one more “t” for 5 T’s Restaurant & Lounge — a sad toodle-loo.
The food-and-drink fixture in East Wenatchee’s old downtown (859 Valley Mall Parkway) closed its doors Aug. 24 after nearly seven decades in business, a victim of the unstable economy and rising liquor and food prices.
Margie Nash worked there for nearly 24 years as bartender, waitress and — for the past eight years — owner and chief bottle washer. She said the closing night party on Saturday drew loyal customers from around the region, even from the Seattle area. “It was packed,” she said. “It was the biggest night I’ve seen in my 24 years here. A wonderful send-off from a bunch of wonderful folks.”
Details of the restaurant’s origins are sketchy, but Nash said it opened as the Sundown Room sometime in the 1940s. Around 1970 or ’71, the restaurant was bought by John Tontz, who ran it with his wife and three kids — thus the name “5 T’s” was born.
Affectionately called “T’s” by regulars, early-risers loved the place for its 6 a.m. breakfasts. Night owls loved it for its 2 a.m. weekend closing times and, said one online reviewer, for the “stiffest damn drinks you’ve ever seen.” In recent years, 5 T’s became a karaoke hotspot for amateur crooners.
Nash isn’t sure what the future of the place will be. It’s likely that the owner of the building will put it up for sale. “As for me?” she said. “I’ll look for a job and see where things go from there.”
Wistful, Nash added, “I’m going to miss our loyal customers, miss them all like family. We had a lot of good times here over the years.”
Wenatchee promo has some edgy humor
Imagine you’re the organizer for a statewide convention of the Brotherhood of Beefy Bearded Balding Bloggers, and you need space for 300 BOBBBBs to let down their, um, hair. Would you hold your convention in Wenatchee?
The Wenatchee Valley Chamber of Commerce, newly ordained as the area’s tourism promotion group, says you should at least consider it. And they’ve produced a snazzy video to convince you to do so.
Called “Meet in Wenatchee,” the video features an announcer guy (actor Charles Atkinson) wandering through town — convention center, Town Toyota Center, Pybus Public Market, Columbia River, a restaurant, a bar, a wine-tasting room — touting all the things a visitor can do here AFTER the day’s seminars end and the fun begins. He does it, too, with an edgy kind of humor not often connected with Wenatchee’s marketing efforts.
“Every city in the state has a convention center with meeting rooms and its own attractions,” said Jeff Ostenson, head of the team at North 40 Productions who made the video. “Our job was to make the video memorable, make it stand out, make us here in Wenatchee look a little bit different from everybody and everywhere else.”
Ideally, he said, the video will be used in presentations to groups looking for a centrally located venue with great weather and lots to do. “We want the message to be ‘we have a lot of fun here, and you can be part of it, too.’” BOBBBBs definitely like to have fun.
Get a chuckle from the video at http://ow.ly/oms8A.
InDemand ranks (again) as fast-growing company
Wenatchee’s InDemand Interpreting, is still growing at a phenomenal rate, according to Inc. Magazine’s annual list of the 5000 fastest-growing privately-owned companies in the nation.
The company, which provides medical interpreting in 180 languages, has about $4 million in annual sales and has grown about 550 percent in the last three years. That’s down from 1,200 percent growth in the three years prior to 2012, but the health company is still kicking some serious gluteus maximus.
On the 2013 Inc. 5000 list, here’s how InDemand’s numbers translate among fast-growing companies: No. 821 on the list of 5,000 nationwide, No. 63 on the list of health companies nationwide, No. 22 on the list of all companies statewide, No. 3 on the list of health companies statewide.
“We continue to develop innovative language services focused on the healthcare industry,” said Daniel Pirestani, InDemand’s founder. The company has specialized in helping non-English speaking clients and deaf and hard-of-hearing patients.
Skin care company helps save black cats
(World reporter Dee Riggs, who likes cats more than blogger Mike Irwin, contributed this Everyday Business post.)
No, you don’t use Coconut Lime Face Scrub on cats but buying some will help a few of the little furballs. Black cats, to be specific.
Jess Piestrup and Whitney Acheson, owners of Moody Sisters Organic Skincare in Cashmere, say they will donate 30 percent of the profits from the sale of that product to help finance a cage for a black cat at the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society.
“They’re just as fun and totally loving as any cat can be but they’re not adopted as much as other cats,” said Acheson. She thinks some of it may be superstition but “they’re also not as colorful so people don’t pick them out in a group.”
Humane Society officials have said that’s true. “They stay the longest,” said shelter worker Karen Headlee in a 2011 interview. “It’s the same with dogs — anything black tends to stay in shelters longer. They’re not as flashy so they don’t get noticed.”
Piestrup and Acheson chose a black cat as part of their business logo so it seemed only natural to do something to help the less popular-colored cats, they said.
For details, visit the Black Cat Project website at http://ow.ly/olMV8,
This weekly column is compiled from “Everyday Business,” a blog by World reporter Mike Irwin. You can reach him at 665-1179 or email@example.com.