It’s been five years since Tim and Eva Ewers opened Le Chateau restaurant in the historic Mons Anderson House at 410 Cass St. in downtown La Crosse.

They plan to open La Cave lounge sometime this week in the 19th-century building’s basement level, where they’ve removed drywall that covered the natural limestone foundation. “We cleaned and restored the walls,” and installed a new tile floor, Tim said, while creating the well-lit lounge.

The Ewerses also soon will open The Veranda, a year-round dining room, in what used to be a screened-in porch. It will be open by the July 14 celebration marking Le Chateau’s five-year anniversary and the grand opening of La Cave and The Veranda.

Le Chateau features French cuisine made with local, seasonal ingredients.

La Cave will have its own entrance on the north side of the building, and will be open to people who are dining at Le Chateau, as well as people who are not.

“We’re really about handcrafted signature cocktails and (French) wines,” Tim said of La Cave. “We’ll also have a small food menu that’s full of flavor” as well as imported beer and other beverages such as coffee, soda pop and tea.

La Cave’s hours will be 3 p.m. to close Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 608-782-6498 or visit www.lechateaulacrosse.com or Le Chateau’s Facebook page.

Oriental Goodies opened May 28 at its new location at 2945 S. 21st Place, off Mormon Coulee Road and across from Burger King and the state Department of Transportation building on the South Side of La Crosse.

The store sells Asian groceries, teas, pottery, home décor, apparel and Samurai swords and knives. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday.

Fanny Bermudo Whaley said she, her husband Tillman and son Robert moved their store from Viroqua — where the family started it in 2004 — to La Crosse. She also had worked at Vernon Memorial Healthcare in Viroqua for more than 20 years until she retired last December.

“It’s a bigger city, with a larger population and more Asian culture,” Whaley said of moving the business. She is a native of the Philippines.

Preferred Rate Insurance, an independent insurance agency in Waterloo, Iowa, opened a second office May 1 at 2709 South Ave. on the South Side of La Crosse.

Tony Rausa is the licensed agent in charge of the new office, which sells auto, home, life and business insurance. He moved to the La Crosse area to be closer to the family of his girlfriend, Rachel Gabrielson, who also sells insurance.

“We work hard to compare coverage options, discounts and insurance policies to get you the best insurance rate for your needs,” Rausa said. “With over 14 companies we have insurance for everyone.”

Office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and at other times by appointment. The new office’s grand opening will be July 1.

For more information, call 608-881-6566 or visit www.preferredrate.net or the new office’s Facebook page.

Steve Cahalan can be reached at stevecahalan.reporter@gmail.com or at 608-782-9710, ext. 8819.

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