Business Bites: New eatery downtown, mattresses, overflow parking, new jobs, building auctions

The Block

The group that created Enbär is launching a new “fun and exciting place for downtown.”

The Block is coming to the former Cory Block Bakery space on 5th Street South.

Mike Hallahan, chef at Enbar, will also be the chef for The Block and said the plan is lunch and dinner with “crazy grilled cheese,” scratch made sandwiches, house made soups and salads and house made chips.

They’ll also have microbrew beers and wine, Hallahan said.

The Block is being developed by Hallahan, Scott Reasoner, Andy Ferrin, Tianna Ford, Tim Peterson and Tom Jacobson.
Enbar set to open Dec. 1, 2017 in downtown Great Falls

Opening day is to be determined, but likely later this winter, Reasoner said.

The group has been working on demolition in the space this month and the coming soon signage went up on Tuesday.

The Block will also feature an open kitchen concept and fun events throughout the year, Hallahan said.

As the plan comes together for The Block, we’ll share updates here.

FCR expanding

FCR is celebrating their first anniversary in Great Falls and hiring an additional 200 people, putting them at close to 400 employees, according to the Great Falls Development Authority.

Dawna Blocher, the site director, said the company is adding clients monthly and have hired more than 60 people over the last month and are currently recruiting for 125 more.

BlackedOut 406 adding services

BlackedOut 406 has purchased Electric City Party Productions and is working on getting the new purchases ready for service again. The operational date is yet to be determined, according to BlackedOut 406. The company has also purchased a wheelchair that will be ready for rides beginning Oct. 11.

Roadhouse Diner adding parking

Roadhouse Diner has acquired the former laundromat next door and will be using the property for additional customer parking and storage for now.

“We shall see what the future holds,” Tara Beam said of any future plans for the property.

Buildings for auction

The former Fairfield Inn at 1000 9th Avenue South goes up for auction on Oct. 22.

The seller has pre-negotiated franchise terms with Wingate by Wyndham for the 61-room property. The starting bid is $1 million.

The former Asurion building at 321 Central Avenue goes to auction on Nov. 13 with a starting bid of $400,000.

Mattresses by Appointment

Mattresses by Appointment has moved into the former NutriShop location on 10th Avenue South, next to Jimmy John’s.

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