Viljo and Autumn Basso have been working in restaurants together since 1995. Viljo attended Portland's Western Culinary Institute and after and internship at Rover's in Seattle, he was hired as ???. Autumn also worked in restaurants in the Seattle area and attended Seattle's Art Institute where she studied fashion design.
While in Seattle, Viljo also worked at Cascadia Restaurant and Mashiko Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar. He was later asked to help open and be the head kitchen chef at Saito's Japanese Cafe and Sushi Bar, a traditional Japanese restaurant in downtown Seattle.
Syringa, named after the Idaho state flower, opened in April of 2006. Since opening Syringa has developed a loyal clientele, due largely in part to their dedicated staff.
In 2010 they opened The Garnet Cafe located right behind Syringa. In 2013 they sold it. In May 2016 they opened The Bluebird in the heart of midtown Coeur d'Alene. In 2017 stay tuned for their next venture.
Ms. Sarah Champagne has been with Syringa for over 10 years and is currently the front of the house manager. In that time she has p