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Small business happenings December 18, 2013

Small business happenings December 18, 2013

Friends Restaurant leaving Enterprise, moving to Joseph

A restaurant that’s done business in Enterprise since 2004 is moving to Joseph, with a grand opening at the new location set for New Year’s Day.

Friends Restaurant, owned by the Hayes family and currently located at 107 N. River St. in Enterprise, will take up new quarters at 4 S. Main St. in Joseph following an extensive remodel that’s ongoing this month.

Friends in Enterprise will close Dec. 25.  That will give the family time to move and arrange equipment and furnishings in the new location, which is known locally as the Mountain Air building.

Friends will have a full dinner menu with nightly dinner specials. Beer, wine and specialty drinks will be available. The new location features a sports bar, with lottery machines including Keno.

Samuel Hayes said the family decided to move the restaurant because the lease on the Enterprise building was up, and purchasing the Joseph building looked like a better financial option.

“We know the additional six miles (to Joseph) will be inconvenient for some of our customers and we apologize for that. We are confident our customers will enjoy the restaurant even more,” he said.

Petitions filed to privatize Oregon liquor sales

PORTLAND — Voters could decide whether to get Oregon out of the liquor business next year.

The Northwest Grocers Association, which represents big chain outlets, such as Fred Meyer and Safeway, filed initiative petitions Monday that would privatize sales and allow stores over 10,000 square feet to stock liquor on their shelves.

Oregon grocers have been threatening a privatization ballot fight ever since Washington voters ended that state’s monopoly on liquor sales last year.

The filing comes at the same time that the Oregon Liquor Control Commission is attempting a modernization move of its own. Lawmakers are expected to take up a bill during the short 2014 legislative session in February that would allow sales of liquor by grocery chains but still keep control over sales and maintain the system of state-licensed liquor stores.

Long-term unemployed in line for three more checks 

PORTLAND — Thousands of workers in Oregon and more than a million nationwide will receive just three more weeks of unemployment benefits before the federal aid runs out.

The long-term unemployment benefits expire Jan. 1, and weren’t part of a bipartisan budget deal that passed this week in the House of Representatives. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., said an extension now appears unlikely, because the House has adjourned for the year.

The cutoff will leave about 17,800 people in Oregon without benefits, a population roughly equal to the city of Sherwood. The last check for most will arrive Jan. 2.

In all, about 20,000 Oregonians receive the federal jobless benefits now. But the Employment Department estimates that 2,200 of those workers may be re-eligible for state-funded benefits based on their work history.

DeFazio said he was frustrated that some sequestration cuts were restored in the budget deal by cutting off the benefits program. Long-term unemployment disproportionately affects workers in rural areas where jobs are scarce, he said.

DeFazio and other Oregon Congressional Democrats have expressed support for bringing the benefits to a vote, and say the program is still needed today.

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