Field Report No. 20161007BRC
Topic: Capone's Pub & Grill 25th Anniversary
Conditions: Lively, Friendly, Classic-yet-fresh
COMMENTS: On October 7, 1991, Capone's Pub & Grill opened its doors in Coeur d'Alene Idaho. Today marks twenty five years. Anyone who owns a business of any kind can tip their cap and raise a glass to that.
A few things have changed. The screens are bigger, the images are sharper (HD wasn't a thing back then), and the cast of characters is larger: local regulars make up a big part of the crowd on any given night.
But at their three locations (including Hayden and Post Falls), the motto holds true: More Taps Than Tables. Craft beer wasn't as much of a thing back in the day either, but Capone's was certainly an early adopter, and continues the tradition through events like "The 12 Ales of Christmas" every first Saturday in December.
The celebration tonight will go into the wee hours at the mothership in CdA, so make your designated driver arrangements. This will be fun. And let's be honest: as many new joints have popped up over the years, offering an extra-hip, ultra-modern vibe, there is something to be said for simply keeping it fun.
Capone's has certainly renovated and innovated their fair share over the years, but they aren't trying to win any hipster contests: they are trying to gather you and your friends and neighbors at a classic, family-owned sports bar with really good food and beer. And they have succeeded in this quest.
KEY FEATURES: Each location has at least 40 unique brews on tap, many of them giving a nod to the best of the Pacific Northwest... with a healthy showing from the eastern and southern frontiers of Montana and Idaho as well. The food quality has always been a top priority, as you can see in this Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives clip. Many people don't know, but Capone's does some uncommon stuff you won't find elsewhere: they bake all their own bread, and they freshly create all their own pizza dough, dressings, sauces, and many other ingredients from scratch.
RECOMMENDATIONS: The garlic chicken pizza, of course. It's Friday. Pizza is what this day is about. This is a law of nature, decreed from on high, we are pretty sure.
As I hung out around Spokane and Coeur d'Alene this summer, I started asking more questions of the places I frequent. Questions like: What causes are you passionate about? How does your business try to make a difference? Scroll through some of the answers I received...
As the kids happily drop their hard-earned quarters in the Ms. Pac-man machine, we realize we haven't complained about the heat all day... the sign of a well-played summer day.
COMMENTS: When Jeremy Hansen and his team are cheffing it up, you know things are going to both look and taste world class.
COMMENTS: It's an uncommon night at O'Doherty's when the Lord Mayor of Limerick, Ireland stops by... sister-city love on Spokane Falls Blvd.
COMMENTS: ...Since then, Gordy's has become a go-to date night when they can find a sitter for their two little boys. Bigger than that, it's just a small part of their ongoing story. That's the simple power of a secret spot.
Carman stops to talk with me for a few moments. On Friday night, he hopes to fill the place, and begin to fulfill the mission of CHARTS (Child Humanitarian Arts): connecting local artists and art enthusiasts for the sake of children in the community.
For some of us, most of us, maybe all of us, Friday is a celebration for the end of a long, taxing work week. We count the days, hours, and minutes until our time belongs to us once again.