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Two Winners Announced - The Great Coffee Shop Giveaway!!

Winnie & Ethel’s, took the top spot in The Great Las Vegas Coffee Shop Giveaway. The name for the restaurant comes from the first names of the grandmothers of Gott and Lee.

The competition, similar to the TV show “Shark Tank,” was organized by J Dapper, a Las Vegas real estate developer and owner of the downtown Huntridge Shopping Center.

The diner will be where the old Huntridge Pharmacy and adjacent lunch counter were once located, near Maryland Parkway and Charleston Boulevard. It is scheduled to open sometime late this year or early next year.

“I feel really honored,” Gott said. “We had so many people help us with this. Aaron had a fantastic group of chefs who worked with us on the concept.”

Estimated to be worth about $950,000, the prize package includes a furnished and equipped 3,000-square-foot space, three months of free rent and signage provided by the YESCO company. Along with YESCO, other sponsors of the contest included the architecture firm RAD Studio, AAA Bar and Restaurant Supply, SYSCO, Emser Tile and the Humblewood Company, which makes furniture.

Meadows Bank agreed to fund a $5,000 working capital account. Dapper said Chuck Brennan, CEO of Dollar Loan Center, has agreed to purchase thousands of dollars of gift cards for Winnie & Ethel’s.

Dapper, who owns Dapper Companies, said close to 80 individuals or groups entered the contest. A panel of judges whittled the entries down to six finalists.

Of those six, Winnie & Ethel’s and a similar concept for a restaurant called Dinette Luncheonette stood out, he said. So, instead of choosing just one winner, Dapper decided to crown both.

“They’re both going to be amazing,” Dapper said.

The Dinette Luncheonette will go in at the Dapper Companies’ development called The Bend, which is under construction in the southwest part of the valley, near IKEA, Dapper said.

The idea for the dinette, a 1960s-type diner, came from Jerad Howard, owner of Vesta Coffee Roasters in the Las Vegas Arts District.

Howard’s ownership group includes Nick Della Penna and Trent Jones, owners of the Great Greek Mediterranean Grill franchise.

“There’s something about giving back to the entrepreneurial restaurant community. A lot of concepts fail, but I really feel like, with this, we’re putting people in a great position for success,” Dapper said. “The likelihood for success is very high with these two and, if it works out for them, it pays off for us too.”

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