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*Sushi restaurant opening in Dallas*Diner has new operator, name, menu*Pizza parlor open in Independence*Job training assistance available

Sushi restaurant opening in Dallas

DALLAS -- Downtown Dallas is getting a sushi restaurant early in the new year.

Tiga Sushi Bar and Japanese Restaurant is set to open sometime in mid-February at 957 Main St., the current home of Capone's Pub & Grill.

Owner Erwin Gunsarsa Pieroni, who lives in Grants Pass and is a native of Indonesia, said he'll offer a variety of freshly-made sushi, including nigiri, sashimi and California rolls.

Tiga's menu will also feature traditional Japanese cuisine, such as chicken and beef teriyaki, tempura and udon noodles.

Pieroni said this will be his first attempt at running his own restaurant. He's previously cooked and rolled sushi at Going Deep Sushi in Cave Junction.

Pieroni said he was looking for a location in Salem or Dallas when he noticed the Main Street address up for lease.

"Dallas seemed like a good place and there's really nobody making sushi there," he said.

Tiga's has applied for a license to sell beer, wine and sake. The city of Dallas recently recommended approval to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Diner has new operator, name, menu

MONMOUTH -- M Street Diner at 159 N. Monmouth Ave. is now Koyotes Tacos and Mexican Food.

Humberto Alarcon, owner of Bizznaga 303 in Independence, took over operations of the establishment from proprietor Tom Fernandez in December.

The menu has been revamped and now features an assortment of giant and small burritos, quesadillas and tortas -- Mexican sandwiches. Koyotes also offers mini tacos, a variety popularized by street vendors and food carts.

Signature dishes include the Coyote Burrito, a mix of steak, potatoes, cheese, bacon, eggs, salsa and sour cream.

Maria Gutierrez manages the business, while husband Divino Hernandez cooks. Both were previously longtime employees of Muchas off Highway 99W.

"We're not in the center of town, but we're close to Western Oregon University," Gutierrez said. "Hopefully, we'll do good with students."

Operating hours are currently 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. Those hours will expand to midnight when the university is in session. Koyotes also offers free Wi-Fi to customers.

For more information: 503-838-1801.

Pizza parlor open in Independence

INDEPENDENCE -- Indepizza has opened its doors at 301 S. Main St. in downtown Independence.

The business, formerly Dusty Spur Pizza Co., is owned by the Henschels, a local family whose members live in Monmouth and Rickreall.

The restaurant's pizza uses sausage and, when seasonally possible, vegetables from the Henschel's Meat, Produce and Plants stand off Highway 99W.

Indepizza's menu also includes hot wings and other fare, beer and wine, said manager Chance Henschel.

A grand opening is slated for the end of January.

Operating hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Wednesday through Monday.

For more information: 503-838-4040.

Job training assistance available

POLK COUNTY -- Job Growers Incorporated, the local work force investment board, has vocational scholarships and other financial support available to pay for part of the cost of short-term training for in-demand occupations.

Scholarship applicants must be a resident of Polk, Marion or Yamhill counties.

For more information: 503-581-1002; www.jobgrowers.com; or visit the WorkSource Oregon office in Dallas at 580 Main St., Suite B.

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