Rines reconsider moving Old Town Architectural Salvage

Janet and Grant Rine have decided not to move their Old Town Architectural Salvage after all.

Last month, the Rines closed on their purchase of Immanuel Baptist Church at 147 S. Hillside. They had planned to move their shop to the former school on the property, but they’ve decided they want to utilize the space for other things.

“There are options,” Janet Rine says. “We can do offices in there. Another thing that we’re looking into is maybe in a few years creating a fine dining culinary school.”

Jan Whittle, Rine’s chef and general manager at her Caffe Moderne, is especially interested in the school.

“He already knows the team he’d bring over from the UK,” she says of Whittle’s home country.

And Rine wants to use the school’s kitchen for events that could be held in the auditorium.

“It would be a place to hold parties and dances and such,” Rine says.

She’d still like to reopen a speakeasy in the space above Old Town Architectural Salvage at 126 N. St. Francis to serve steaks and seafood.

Nothing is likely to immediately happen with the former church and school, but we’ll keep you posted.