Thursday, December 5, 2019

New mixed use buildings in the works for Kendall Yards

Plans are in the works for a couple of the new additions to the Kendall Yards Business District. Although it's early in the process , plans call for a new 5 story building and a 3 story flat iron style building to be built with both commercial and residential uses.

Both new buildings will be on the north side of Summit Pkwy, in-between the existing commercial area and the My Fresh Basket grocery store. The five story building rising immediately to the east  of the existing buildings at 1108 W. Summit. The five story building will have space for retail or restaurants on the ground floor ( plans show 3 bays ). The upper four floors will be apartments.

The three story flatiron style building at 1102 W. Summit will also have retail / restaurant on the ground floor. But upper floors will consist of 8 loft style apartments with high ceilings and interior mezzanines. We have reached out to reps with Greenstone for renderings, construction timeline estimates but have yet to hear back.

For more info on Kendall Yards, visit

New restaurant to join the new Hotel Indigo in Downtown Spokane

After being abandoned for over a decade, signs of life are already returning to former Otis Hotel on the western edge of Downtown Spokane. The building, which stands at the corner of W. First Ave and Madison is undergoing a full renovation into a boutique hotel with restaurant within the same building.

The building will be part of the Hotel Indigo chain, which is part of IHG and is primarily boutique style hotels in urban areas. Signs for the new hotel went up this week, the original windows, now fully restored have been uncovered and hard working construction crews are a regular site at hotel. Both the Hotel Indigo and the new restaurant are to open for business in early March of 2020.

Matt Behringer/ INBW - This photo was taken in August but shows the building under construction.

The restaurant will be called Magnolia American Brasserie , which will be a 4500 square foot French inspired restaurant from Patrick McLaughlin who was the former food and beverage manager for the Davenport Hotel. Magnolia will have a full bar, dining area and banquet space, the exact menu is still under development so keep checking back for updates.

When the Hotel Indigo opens in the Spring it will have 112 guest rooms and each of the elevator lobbies will be themed after previous names for the former SRO type hotels that once called the building home, The Willard, Atlantic, Milner, Earle and of course The Otis.

While the hotel is to open in March, reservations are open for dates after April 12th, 2020 via

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

New restaurants and bars coming to Downtown Spokane

Downtown's culinary scene continues to evolve, these are truly exciting times to be in Spokane!

Here's a look at some of the new places in and around Downtown Spokane, they are in various phases of construction / opening and I'm hoping to do individual posts on each one. Also, it's very possible I may miss one. If I did, email me and I'll get it added.

Osprey  open

Chef Steve Jensen is at the helm of the newly opened Osprey Restaurant & Bar located inside the Ruby River Hotel ( formerly the Red Lion on the River ). The new restaurant takes the places of Ripples Grill and is fully renovated with a hip new look. The menu is described as "New American cuisine with international influences " .

Outsider  coming soon

I must admit, maybe I'm too much of an outsider on this one because I have virtually no info on this one yet. However well known local chef Ian Wingate has filed for a business license and a liquor license for a new place by this name near the Spokane Arena. It appears to be the first tenant of the newly renamed Papillion building at 908 N. Howard. More to come. ( currently not active )

Wonder Market  open

The market area of the Wonder Building is now open and is home to a couple of awesome new places. High Tide Lobster Bar has their new second location here and Sandpoint based Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters has opened a coffee bar inside.

Bean & Pie will host a limited hours pop up here through the holiday season and I'm told more places will be coming. Including a farmers market of some sort coming in the spring.

Wooden City coming soon

Already a cool bar and restaurant in Downtown Tacoma, Wooden City will be opening a new location in Downtown Spokane. I'm told the Spokane location will bear the same name and much of the same menu,etc… . In Tacoma they offer a full bar, wood fired pizzas, pastas, seafood, etc...

Wooden City Spokane will be in the Genesee Building at 819 W. Riverside.

Flat Stick Pub  open

One of the coolest places to come to Spokane in awhile, Flat Stick Pub is now open for business in The M building at 618 W. Main ( former Downtown Macy's ) . This is the first location in Spokane for the Seattle based business that offers nine hole miniature golf course inside.

Flat Stick Pub has a full bar but features many many craft beers and a food menu of pizzas, entrees and snacks.

Mac Daddy's  coming soon

Mac Daddy's Gourmet Grub is already somewhat recognized around Spokane as they've spent a few years with a Mac & Cheese booth going around the many local events like Pig Out in the Park. Not long ago they also opened a new bar called Mac Daddy's Pub & Grill near Wandermere at 415 W. Hastings.

But, now they're adding a new location Downtown. They are planning to open a location soon in River Park Square food court next to Panda Express.

Franky D's  open

Franky D's is a new quick service place now open inside the STA bus plaza. It's a pretty cool place with a menu of gourmet hot dogs , a build-a-dog option, Mac & Cheese cones, Chicken fritter sandwiches, drinks, slushy's and more.

Eyvind   coming soon

Work is progressing Eyvind, which will be one of 3 new places going into the Bickett Block building at 225 W. Riverside. Chef Tony Brown will lead the restaurant which is to be " very vegetable forward " with seasonal and scratch made Inland Northwest cuisine made with local ingredients.

Hunt   coming soon

In the basement of the Bickett Block building will be a new restaurant that Chef Tony Brown is also involved with. The new restaurant, which is called Hunt, will offer a menu of " elevated campfire food "

Also above Hunt will be a new event space called Redband. I'll likely include that space in a future post as my understanding it will be open to events only and not quite fitting in to this post.

Locust Cider & Brewing  open

Locust Cider & Brewing opens on Black Friday in the 400 block of W. Main. The new cider house also has a food menu of pizzas,etc...

Monday, November 25, 2019

Construction to begin soon for a new North 40 Outfitters in Airway Heights

North 40 Outfitters is about to head west with a new location coming soon to Airway Heights. The store has been rumored to be coming for at least a couple of years now but progress is finally being made.

Building permits are now in plan review after being filed with the City of Spokane about a month and a half ago. And, as more proof that construction will begin soon, bidding on the project recently opened for interested parties. The building permits themselves will expire in the Spring so we likely will see work being done sooner rather then later.

Plans call for a new 95,000 square foot North 40 Outfitters store to be built 9646 W. US Hwy 2 , across from the Village Center cinema at the northeast side of the US 2 / Deer Heights Rd intersection.

The store will include 75,600 square feet of retail space, 1,000 +/- square feet of offices and support areas and a 11,964 square foot warehouse. The site will include a 377 space surface parking lot with outdoor areas designated for sales of larger items. A garden center will also branch off of the main building on the west side.

This will be the 3rd location for North 40 Outfitters in the Spokane area and another store in Coeur d' Alene. The chain's stores sell farm and ranch supplies , hunting gear, apparel and more. For more info on North 40, visit their website at-

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Multicare Indigo Urgent Care expands in Spokane, opens in the Shadle area.

Multicare Indigo Urgent Care is expanding an adding more locations in Spokane, with their latest clinic now open in the Shadle Park neighborhood.

The new clinic is located at 2401 W. Wellesley Suite 103 in the Shadle Park Shopping Center. It is convenient to much of the Northwest side of Spokane and offers long hours. Like all other Indigo Urgent Care locations they are open seven days a week from 8a - 8p , including holidays.

Indigo Urgent Care clinics provide care for many minor illnesses and injuries and locations offer on-site digital X-ray services. Indigo customers are treated to a more upscale experience with health care concierges , relaxing ambiance, WiFi service, charging stations and complimentary coffee, juice and water.

Indigo Urgent Care now has 5 clinics in the Spokane area including Argonne ( Millwood ), North Spokane, South Hill, Spokane Valley and the new Shadle clinic. Indigo Urgent Care accepts most insurance plans.

For more info on Indigo Urgent Care, visit their website at