Suzanna Caldwell

Hipsters and Paleo diet enthusiasts around the country are embracing bone broth, drinking it up like coffee and hoping it might cure whatever ails them. And in Alaska, Alaska Broth Co. founder David Chessik hopes people will embrace his fishy version of it. “Every place has its drink,” Chessik said in a phone interview last week. “Really, this broth will some day, some day be thought of as Alaskan coffee.” Chessik’s claim is bold but he’s not completely alone. His is just one of the local companies taking up broth as a business in the last year. Chessik, an attorney, commercial fisherman and owner of Alaska Island Retreat lodge on Cook Inlet’s Kalgin Island, has made broth at his home for years. He decided to start commercially producing this summer, first in Kasilof and later with Copper...Suzanna Caldwell
After 32 years, the Sourdough Mining Company has closed the doors to its gold mine-inspired dining room for good. The Anchorage restaurant, known for its barbecue ribs and honey-butter slathered corn fritters -- served alongside a heaping portion of Alaska kitsch -- announced its closure in a Facebook post Friday . Travis Block -- general manager of The Peanut Farm , sister restaurant to the Sourdough Mining Company -- said in an interview Monday that the high costs of remodeling the building started “compounding on top of each other.” First built in 1983 and designed to look like Hatcher Pass’ Independence Mine -- complete with a replica mine shaft entrance -- Block declined to say what the costs were specifically. He said the business did well during the summer months, but that it was...Suzanna Caldwell
The Anchorage Assembly granted an appeal Tuesday that could allow a downtown coffee and food stand to serve beer and wine. The Assembly approved an administrative appeal allowing AK Alchemist to move forward on its conditional use land permit to get a liquor license, required to serve beer and wine. The Assembly will vote on the resolution Feb. 9. The business began trying to get the license in January 2015. In June, AK Alchemist owners Elise and Adam Blomfield were denied initial site plan approval from the city’s community development department director. AK Alchemist is registered as a mobile food unit and not a restaurant with a dine-in option, which is necessary to secure the liquor license. The Blomfields plan to build a 500-square-foot covered deck off the stand to accommodate...Suzanna Caldwell
Sack’s Café is under new management, but it comes with a familiar face. Laile Fairbairn, managing partner for Locally Grown Properties, said the LLC purchased and took over management of the downtown Anchorage restaurant in October. The same company oversees a group of popular Anchorage restaurants, including Snow City Café, South Restaurant and Coffeehouse and Spenard Roadhouse. Fairbairn said Jo Ann Asher, the former general manager and owner who founded the restaurant 32 years ago, retired last year. The two had already been working together. Asher holds an ownership stake in Spenard Roadhouse. Fairbairn said after opening the Roadhouse it seemed like a natural fit to market the three restaurants together, though they remained separate business entities. Fairbairn said to expect a “few...Suzanna Caldwell
Longtime Anchorage residents will remember Blues Central, the midtown bar and restaurant that closed in 2013. It’s been resurrected at Williwaw (both in name and in a liquor license transfer) but with a far different look. Forget the well-worn booths and neon lighting. Blues Central has gone back...
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Williwaw is open and, with half a dozen different dining and entertainment options, it hopes there’s something for everyone. The new bar, restaurant, concert venue, coffee shop and meeting space has been completely open as of December, according to Susynn Snyder, Williwaw’s entertainment and marketing director. The 15,000-square-foot space is in the building formerly occupied by Covenant House, a youth homeless shelter, which moved to a new location in 2013. Project partners on Williwaw include Humpy's Great Alaskan Alehouse, Pfeffer Development, Pentlarge Law Group and Salamatof Native Association. Snyder calls Williwaw a "sister establishment" to the Humpy's group that also includes Sub Zero Bistro and Microlounge and Flattop Pizza and Pool. Local coffee roasting company SteamDot leases...Suzanna Caldwell
The owners of Summit Spice and Tea in Anchorage are looking to “pass the torch,” according to a Facebook post. Owners Audrey Paule and and Alex Page hope to sell the popular Midtown specialty food and tea shop that first opened in 1998. In the Tuesday night post, the couple wrote that they have moved their family to Seattle to work on another business idea. They had hoped to keep the Summit store, but have found they “don’t have the time to give both businesses the attention they deserve.” In an email Wednesday, Paule declined to answer any questions about the pending sale or new business venture. The post notes that they will help whoever purchases the business with training through the transition.Suzanna Caldwell
When the second Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop location opened in Airport Heights last October, Britta Hamre said things were a little slow. But from the beginning there were plenty of neighborhood dogs looking in as their owners shopped at the artisan bake shop. Hamre, who works at the front counter, said the big windows at the new location gave her a close look at the sad pups peering in. So she started taking pictures -- and the Sad Dogs of Fire Island Instagram account was born. Hamre said she’s no expert on why the dogs all look so sad, but she suspects that maybe it might have something to do with their acute sense of smell. “I'm a big fan of how the bakery smells and I'm sure with dog senses it must be even more tantalizing,” she said. ”And I think just not being allowed in -- the...Suzanna Caldwell
Almost a year after several sold-out showings in Anchorage, “The Great Alone” could be coming to more theaters in Alaska. The Lance Mackey documentary is scheduled for Feb. 9 screenings at movie theaters in Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks and Wasilla. But while the showings are scheduled, they aren’t set in stone. Director Greg Kohs said trying to get a film released in theaters is expensive. So he’s using TheatriCast, which occupies a sort of middle ground. Kohs said screenings are scheduled in advance all around the country but only occur if people buy a certain number of tickets online ahead of the showing. The film , which profiles the rise of the four-time Iditarod and Yukon Quest sled dog champion during the 2013 race, premiered last year at the Bear Tooth Theatrepub to sold-out...Suzanna Caldwell
Newtok was without power through the weekend after its generator stopped working Saturday afternoon, according to Tom John, tribal administrator for the Newtok Village Council. John said everyone in the Western Alaska village of 375 is OK. Those without power were staying at the school, which is powered by its own generator. Romy Cadiente, a mechanic at the Ungusraq Power Co., said Newtok’s 25-year-old diesel generator stopped working unexpectedly at about 2 p.m. Saturday. He said an emergency team from the Alaska Energy Authority was en route to replace the generator engine. He said they would likely arrive in Newtok in “the next day or so.” Cadiente said Newtok has gotten help, including donations of firewood, from nearby villages, state agencies and the Coastal Villages Region Fund. “I...Suzanna Caldwell

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