A community staple celebrates 24 years in business
By Jillian Chandler
1996. That’s when it all began, when friends John Grollmus and Brad Fosseen sought out to open their first restaurant; a warm and comfortable atmosphere where guests would feel at home and provided an exceptional experience—every time.
Twenty-four 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.
“We love becoming a part of our local communities,” smiles John. “One of my favorite things as I go from restaurant to restaurant to work (as John and Brad are also the owners of The Elk, El Que, Two Seven and Geno’s in Spokane; and The Porch in Hayden Lake) is seeing the faces of friends I’ve made over the years and having a chance to chat. It’s not uncommon these days for me to be friends with the adult children of guests who I became friends with at a particular restaurant decades ago.”
When you walk into Moon Time, you’ll find a staff that is knowledgeable, friendly, fast, accommodating and efficient, and John credits them for Moon Time’s longtime success: “Our manager, Chris Schultz, has worked there all but two months of its 24-year existence. He knows more about the place than I will ever know. Additionally, he’s just one of three 20-plus year employees working there, and there are several more who aren’t too far behind. Collectively, the staff there is the best you’ll ever find, and they make the place what it is.”
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, paired with a carefully selected 19 beer handles and a wide variety of wines, chosen specifically to complement the food.
When it comes to what John finds most rewarding about the family of restaurants they’ve built, he says it’s “providing good jobs to so many people. It’s extremely rewarding to help people be able to live happy and healthy lives, start families and grow roots in their communities.”
Community is at the forefront of all that John and Brad do, not only Moon Time but at all of their establishments. As you walk through the door, you are sure to be welcomed with a warm smile and a warm meal, surrounded by the wonderful folks of our community and beyond.
East Coeur d’Alene
1602 E. Sherman Ave. #116