North Idaho’s neighborhood pubs
By Jillian Chandler
Photo by Kiersten Patterson Photography
It was 1996. The Coeur d’Alene dining scene was wanting, and two friends stepped up to fill a void. That’s how it all began, when John Grollmus and Brad Fosseen sought out to open their first restaurant—and soon after, Moon Time was born.
The menu, from the start, has featured creative and upscale pub food, made to order from scratch, bringing a variety of items from many different cultures together. The food is paired with 19 carefully selected beer handles and a wide variety of wines, chosen specifically to complement the fare.
Since day one, Moon Time has provided the community a warm and comfortable atmosphere where guests feel at home and are provided an exceptional experience—every time. Twenty-five years later, their philosophy has never wavered, and Moon Time continues to provide their guests with familiar faces, great service, a comfortable atmosphere, and great food and drink at a reasonable price. John and Brad created their own small community within the larger community, and it has been met with success and the satisfaction of their diners.
“We love becoming a part of our local communities,” smiles John.
The staff is knowledgeable, friendly, fast, accommodating and efficient, and John credits them for Moon Time’s longtime success. “Collectively, the staff is the best you’ll ever find, and they make the place what it is,” affirms John.
With Moon Time being a neighborhood favorite for Coeur d’Alene diners, John and Brad decided to bring a similar concept to the Hayden community. Hayden Lake can be found just north of Coeur d’Alene, and this small town has been dishing up some big flavors since the debut of The Porch Public House in 2003. Here you are invited to enjoy a meal in a comfortable setting while overlooking golf-course views. “The location is really off the beaten track and quite beautiful,” says John.
Since opening its doors 18 years ago, The Porch has earned the distinct reputation as “Hayden Lake’s gathering place,” and John and Brad could not be prouder to be able to continue to offer a retreat for the community to relax and enjoy a wonderful meal out.
Open year-round, The Porch features many similar menu items to Moon Time, with some that are distinct to its locale. From the delicious sandwiches, salads and soups to scratch-made specials, you’ll be treated to great food at even better prices. “We provide new specials every week as well as updating our menus twice per year so that guests can develop new favorites to go along with their old ones,” affirms John.
No meal would be complete without a great drink! In addition to their extensive selection of great regional brews and wines, The Porch offers its customers a full bar, which allows them to provide guests a variety of delicious and creative cocktails made to order by their experienced bar staff.
Community is at the forefront of all that John and Brad do. Experience what community should look like … at Moon Time in Coeur d’Alene and The Porch in Hayden Lake.
1602 E. Sherman Ave. #116, Coeur d’Alene, ID
The Porch Public House
1658 E. Miles Ave., Hayden Lake, ID