Geno's reopens with new owners, new look

Published On: Oct 10 2013 07:08:01 PM PDT   Updated On: Oct 10 2013 07:09:52 PM PDT
Geno's co-owner Marshall Powell
SPOKANE, Wash, -

Closed for four months after a devastating fire that damaged it and a nearby apartment complex, Geno's Restaurant is back open with new life, new owners but the same character and charm for the college crowd.

The restaurant, a fixture for years in the Gonzaga University neighborhood, reopened earlier this week.

"We are just excited to be in the neighborhood," co-owner Marshall Powell said.

Powell said they first looked at the restaurant about a week before fire damaged part of it.

"Then we just saw it on the news like everybody else and we are like, 'Oh that's unfortunate,'" Powell said.

But the fire didn't send their dreams up in smoke. The new owners closed on the restaurant in late August and opened up, less than two months later.

The new owners of Geno's are behind several other popular restaurants in town, like The Elk in Browne's Addition.

The menu is similar but they've catered to the college kids by adding fries and wings.

"Being in the GU neighborhood, it's just kind of a built in clientele with the campus right there," Powell said.

If you visited Geno's before the fire, you'll definitely see some differences in the décor when you return.

"We put in sheetrock and trim and cleaned up the booths, new tables and chairs, rearranged the kitchen, changed the bar up," Powell said.

After buying and opening up Geno's in a short amount of time Powell is ready for the taps to pour and the crowd to come.

"Good drinks, good food, just kind of treat everyone like they are coming to dinner at our house," Powell said.

Geno's is open every day from 11 a.m. until about midnight.