Business Digest

Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2006

Downtown Asian restaurant closes

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Pasta Express on Front Street downtown is closing its doors and the company will concentrate on its Mendenhall Valley restaurant, Pasta Garden.

"We would like to thank all the locals for patronizing this place," said manager Nora Juan. The restaurant resided at its location for almost five years, serving Filipino and Chinese dishes, as well as Italian, Greek and American meals.

Pasta Express' lease was set to end in May and the owners did not want to renew it, she added.

Some of the equipment owned by the landlord will remain on site, but Juan said she was not sure if plans are in place for another restaurant in the same location.

State chamber chairwoman resigns

Alaska State Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee Chairwoman Jane McCoy is resigning her position.

McCoy said she is leaving due to personal circumstances but will remain active on the chamber's board and the committee.

"It has been my pleasure to serve as your chair. I've appreciated all the support and encouragement each one of you has given me over the past 18 months," McCoy wrote in her letter of resignation.

The committee has selected member Eric Britten to fill the remainder of McCoy's current term, which lasts through the chamber's fiscal year.

Juneau chamber plans spring fundraiser

The Juneau Chamber of Commerce is planning a "progressive social" for its regular spring fundraiser.

The April 14 event will involve busing chamber members and guests to people's houses for appetizers, drinks and socializing.

Guests will kick off the party at the Douglas Island Pink and Chum facility on Channel Drive with beverages and snacks and then will be bused to two homes for more networking before returning to DIPAC for another round of refreshments.

To volunteer as a host or for more information, contact the chamber at (907) 463-3488.

• Business Digest is compiled by Empire reporter Andrew Petty.

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