Trinity at City Beach named Idaho's Small Business of the Month

| September 22, 2020 1:00 AM

SANDPOINT – What happens when you combine great food, great service and a view that stretches for miles? Don't forget to add in top-notch service and a deep commitment to the community?

If you are Trinity at City Beach, you get named by U.S. Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, as the state's Small Business of the Month for September and recognized for those contributions to the Sandpoint community in the Congressional Record of the U.S. Senate.

It was "a huge surprise and great honor" to be recognized as the Idaho Small Business of the Month for September, Trinity at City Beach's owner Justin Dick said.

"It has been a wild ride since March 2020, from shutdown to reopen," Dick said. "We have been able to conduct business safely for both our guests and our staff, and are appreciative to be doing what we love again!"

Dick said he will be "forever grateful" to his staff who came back after the shutdown and got the restaurant back up and running again.

"[I] couldn’t have done it without their grit and moxie," Dick said. "It’s great to be acknowledged and I thank the senator and his staff for the recognition!"

Trinity moved to its City Beach location in 2009 and has been an integral part of the Sandpoint community for more than a decade, Risch noted in announcing the honor.

Named after the holy trinity of peppers, onions, and celery found in traditional Creole cooking, Trinity attracts tourists and locals alike and has developed a reputation for its quality food, service, and views of Lake Pend Oreille. In addition to serving up southern eats, the restaurant also provides dozens of jobs in the local area and has enhanced the cultural richness of North Idaho through its day-to-day service and steady participation in community events, Risch said.

In recent months, Trinity at City beach has done their part to reduce the spread of COVID-19, offering carry-out and dine-in eating to the Sandpoint community while safely maintaining CDC social distancing and face covering guidelines, said Risch. Additionally, Dick and his team have raised money and collected food to be donated to nonprofit organizations and health care centers in the Sandpoint area to help ease the burden on frontline workers.

“Justin’s years of service to the Sandpoint community is another example of how small businesses in Idaho are more than just places to eat and shop.” Risch said. "From providing quality service to being an active member in the community, I’d like to thank Justin for his contributions to the Gem State.”

“Congratulations to Justin and all of the employees at Trinity at City Beach on being selected as the Idaho Small Business of the Month for September 2020. You make our great state proud, and I look forward to your continued growth and success.”

Idaho is consistently ranked one of the best places in the country to do business. Each month, Senator Risch selects an Idaho small business that exemplifies the Idaho values of hard work, entrepreneurial spirit, and exceptional commitment to community.