Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Wienerschnitzel coming to Spokane?


Local real estate brokerage Goodale & Barbieri Company is reporting this morning that Ryan Oberg, one of their brokers recently leased a space in North Spokane that will be used as a new Weinerschnitzel restaurant. Additionally, Justin Rundle of Cantu Commercial is representing Weinerschnitzel in the region.

This would be Spokane's only Weinerschnitzel, although the brand of quick service hot dog restaurants does operate two stores in Western Washington. It appears the Spokane location would open in a 1250 SF former Papa John's Pizza location at 10220 N. Newport Hwy, at the Northpointe Plaza shopping center.

I'll update this post as we learn more.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Taco Bell planning location in Spokane's Indian Trail neighborhood


Although the project has not yet had any permits issued, Woodinville,WA based Taco Bell franchise owner Northwest Restaurants, Inc. has begun the process of developing a new Taco Bell location in Spokane's Indian Trail neighborhood. 

The company filed for a " pre-development conference " recently with the City of Spokane for a new stand alone restaurant at a TBD address in the 8800 Blk of N. Indian Trail Rd. . The restaurant would be immediately south of Adelo's Pizza and just north of the STCU branch on what is presently a vacant lot. Plans show construction would begin on this new Taco Bell sometime around February of 2022.

The approximately $1.3 million project would build a 2684 SF building with on site parking, indoor dining and drive thru lane all provided.  

Monday, October 18, 2021

Killer Burger now open in Hayden

 Killer Burger, a growing chain of quick service burger restaurants from the Portland area is now open at 85 W. Prairie Shopping Center in Hayden. The restaurant is renowned for winning several awards including " Portland's Best Burger " from 2019-2020 in the Willamette Week and " Best Burger in Clark County " in 2019-2020 from The Columbian newspaper. And, as of today franchisees and couple Wes & Coral Walterman have brought the brand to North Idaho.

The Walterman's we're also the first franchisees with the brand, opening a location in Happy Valley,OR. " Killer Burger simply rises above all burger brands. There's no other experience like it locally, and beyond. From the burgers, beers and fries to the backyard barbecue and rock n' roll vibe, the concept stands alone " says franchise co-owner Wes Walterman, who grew up and went to Jr. High and High School in Coeur d' Alene and spent two years at North Idaho College.

Aside from the brands high preforming non-traditional locations at Portland's Moda Center and Providence Park, this will be the 14th full scale Killer Burger location. Online ordering, indoor dining and carry out are all available. 

We stopped in to the restaurant on opening night, and despite being understandably busy. We we're still very impressed with our burger and the price. In our opinion, Killer Burger will likely be a part of the Inland Northwest's restaurant scene for some time and if your a fan of burgers, we recommend paying them a visit. Tell us what you think!

To check out Killer Burger's menu and for more information on the brand, visit-

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Premera Blue Cross planning to build large new office facility in Kendall Yards

A look over the presently vacant lot that will eventually house a Premera Blue Cross office campus in Kendall Yards. As seen here the offices will also enjoy a great view of the Downtown skyline.

Although construction is not anticipated to start until the Summer of 2022, we now are learning that Premera Blue Cross is seeking to build a large new office complex at the entrance to Kendall Yards. It is to be located near the corner of N. Monroe and Summit Pkwy, at the north end of the Monroe St. bridge. The company plans to relocate their Spokane offices there, from the company's current campus on E. Sprague to the east of Downtown Spokane.

Premera's current campus, at 3900 E. Sprague is now listed for sale, being joint marketed by brokers of Kiemle Hagood and Colliers. The marketing info indicates a listing price of $14 million for the site that consists of three office buildings and an attached parking garage. As of today, Premera Blue Cross continues to operate at this site with and estimated 700 employees locally.

The new Kendall Yards facility is estimated to complete in 2024 with at least one building, that is planned to offer 60,000 SF of office space in four floors, built above a three story parking structure. 

Information on the site is coming from a recent pre-development filing with the City of Spokane. In those documents it also shows two other buildings called closeby listed as a " neighbor site " , which is not made clear if these are part of the Premera project or another TBD project. 

The project is clearly early in it's development although Premera did confirm this plan, in a recent email sent to employees at the existing offices. No general contractor is shown as of yet to construct the development, but Seattle based HOK is listed as the projects architect. We will continue to keep an eye on this project, as we still have questions about the scope of the development,etc... so stay tuned.

New Dutch Bros. location planned near Wanderemere, with indoor seating

Work is underway for a new Dutch Bros. Coffee location in North Spokane. The popular coffee shop chain will lease suite 100 of the newer shopping center at 11921 N. Division, a 1700 SF site with a single drive thru lane that runs behind the entire structure. The site is located in-between the main Wanderemere neighborhood and Whitworth University and will be the 11th location for the chain in Spokane area.

Spokane area Dutch Bros locations are all owned by former State Representative and well known local businessman Kevin Parker. Parker, told us by email that they are hoping to have this new Dutch Bros. open sometime in December. He also confirmed this location will be the first in the Spokane market to have a lobby with indoor seating. 

Kevin Parker also recently confirmed in a interview with our friends at the Spokane Journal of Business that the company will also soon re-build their location on S. Freya near I-90. That location was demolished recently following a severely damaging truck accident.  That location will likely re-open next year. 

Saturday, October 2, 2021

New winery, Two Winey Bitches, opens on Downtown's West End

 Named for the owners Dogs, Two Winey Bitches is now open for business at 107 S. Madison, across from the Hotel Indigo, in Downtown Spokane. The business joins a number of wineries and breweries in this up and coming section of Downtown.

Ribbon cutting- L to R Mark Richard of Downtown Spokane, Mayor Nadine Woodward, Ira Amstadter BID board chair and the business owners.

TWB creates fruit wines, aged at least two years and using no grapes at all. All fruits used in their wines are grown organically on the owner's farm, near Long Lake Dam about 13 miles north of Reardan. And, all wines by produced by the winery are available at the Spokane space and are available to taste, by the glass and by the bottle.

In addition to fine wines, TWB has a small but delicious sounding food menu from charcuterie to flatbreads and more created by Chef Franco Ruiz. Local art adorns the walls of the comforting space and groups will also be able to rent the place for limited functions. 

For more information on TWB call 509-808-2526 or visit

Friday, October 1, 2021

Restaurant, offices and retail space coming to a new development in Liberty Lake

 Construction is now underway for a new commercial development to be built on 2.93 acres of land at the corner of Country Vista and Whitman Ln, near Home Depot, in Liberty Lake. Silvey Construction is the general contractor, Legacy Group Development,LLC is the developer and Bernardo Wills Architects is providing the architectural work for the development.

The project is planned to be built in two phases, with two building pads planned in phase one which is what is being built presently and will be towards the front half of the site. 

" Pad A " will be occupied by Palenque Mexican Restaurant, who will be in a 2,475 SF space and will move to the development from their current space at the Liberty Lake Golf Course. An additional 1960 SF is still available in that building for lease for retail or similar tenants.

"Pad B" will be a 6521 SF structure and will be entirely occupied by Children's Choice Dental. This will be Children's Choice Dental first location in the Spokane Valley / Liberty Lake area as they currently have locations on the South Hill and North Spokane.

Phase two has yet to be designed and some work has begun to determine what buildings and tenants will one day be on that portion of the development. We will watch for more details in the future as that section begins to come together. Additionally, construction is also starting directly across Country Vista from this site for a new Carpet One retail store which is being built by a different group.


Thursday, September 30, 2021

New Towneplace Suites by Marriott to be built in Coeur d' Alene

 Demolition crews have now leveled what once was an Outback Steakhouse at 1381 N Northwood Center Ct. , next to I-90 in Coeur d' Alene with plans to replace the former restaurant with a brand new hotel in the near future.

Rendering of the planned new hotel, used courtesy of Garn Development

Garn Development, a Layton,UT based development firm is proposing an 89 room, 4 story hotel branded as a Townplace Suites by Marriott. The company claims the hotel should open about 14 months after construction begins, putting and opening date sometime late in 2022.

The building permit is currently processing with the City of Coeur d' Alene, with permit data showing the project as being estimated at $9.2 million and Rimrock Construction,LLC of Draper,UT planned to act as the project's general contractor. This will be the first hotel to branded under the Townplace Suites name in the Inland Northwest, although the brand has locations as close as Missoula and the Tri-Cities presently.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Zeeks Pizza planning a location nearby Gonzaga

 Zeeks Pizza, a popular chain of pizza restaurants from the Seattle area, is planning on coming to Spokane soon. The company will open it's 20th restaurant, and their first east of the Cascade's in the former Geno's building at 1414 N. Hamilton, just steps off of the Gonzaga University campus. More locations in the Inland Northwest are also possible in coming months but will be announced at a later date.

Zeeks Pizza's president, Dan Black is a Spokane native and this new location will be locally owned by Mike and Edie Stotts. They tell me Zeeks is a pizza company with Northwest values at it's roots " we are independent, creative , adventurous and down to earth. These traits show up in everything we do including pizza and beer. "

The Spokane Zeeks location will offer delivery, take away and indoor dining. Orders will also be able to placed via their website or the Zeeks Pizza app. The new GU Zeeks will also deliver beer, cider, wine and canned cocktails. They plan to include several Spokane made beers, products from Dry Fly Distillery and their three famous " Zeeks Beers " ( Hop Tropic IPA, Zeek & Destroy IPA and Lateral A IPA ) . This is in addition to a large selection of pizzas, salads and desserts. 

The new restaurant is hoping to open towards the end of October, into November with a official date to be announced soon. They just plan to open in time for Zag games as they will say plan to be a great place for before or after the game or to watch the game if you're un-able to go.

We will keep an eye on this new restaurant coming to Spokane. And, in the mean time more information can be found about Zeeks on their website-

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Twisted Sugar coming to Spokane

 Twisted Sugar is a Layton,Utah based chain of shops that describes themselves as a " a specialty soda shop, that makes cookies everyday " . The company is growing fast, with locations now scattered around the United States, and they now have their sights set on opening a new store , here in Spokane.

Twisted Sugar recently leased a 1340 square foot space at 2009 E. 29th, the former Caffe Capri coffee shop space in the South Hill's Grapetree Village shopping center. Ryan Oberg and Cory Barbieri of Goodale & Barbieri handled the lease of the company's new location.

We reached out to Twisted Sugar for an estimated opening date, but have yet to get a reply. The business however promotes their menu of cookies that are baked fresh in-store daily with unique flavors and monthly rotating special cookie options, specialty sodas,  ice cream sandwiches and " Twisters " , which are similar to shakes. 

This will be the first Twisted Sugar location in Washington State, however they already have one to our south in Boise and are planning a couple more locations in Idaho soon. For more info on Twisted Sugar, visit their website at-

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Lone Mountain Farms & Brewery working on new restaurant / tap house in Hayden

 Lone Mountain Farms & Brewery is a locally owned farm and brewery, nearby Silverwood at 25415 N. Ramsey Rd. in Athol. Their products are sold on site in a small set up at the farm and occasionally at farmers markets.

But Lone Mountain recently began construction on a new tap room and restaurant in the Lancaster Market development at the corner of US 95 and Lancaster Rd on the north side of Hayden. No opening date has been set yet but the new space should be opening later this year, joining other exciting food tenants like Belle's Brunch House and Bee's Knees Whiskey Bar, which are already open there.

The new Lone Mountain Tap House will offer their beers on tap, along with wine and cider options. They say the food will be inspired by the farm, farm to table cuisine that's " local, fresh and delicious ".

For more information on Lone Mountain Farms & Brewery, check them out on Facebook, Instagram or via their website-

Monday, September 6, 2021

Newly renovated building offers up new office spaces on E. Sprague


Formerly the home of the Vien Dong Vietnamese Restaurant, the building at 1722 E. Sprague has seen significant renovations since the buildings sale in 2019. Vien Dong still operates but has since moved to 3435 E. Trent.

On the ground floor a new furniture store, Bide & Burgeon opened for business just a few months ago with affordable furniture and d├ęcor. A coffee tenant is also in the works to open in the remaining ground floor space but haven't yet formally announced their plans.

The second floor, however is now coming open now with newly renovated office spaces. A total of 18 brand new, roomy, individual offices that have amazing natural light are now throughout that entire floor. While some of the new offices are rented many are still available and geared towards small businesses, accommodating 1-5 people. A one year lease and one month deposit is required.

Rent for the office spaces is currently at $635 and up and includes Wifi, conference room time, free off street parking, 24/7 secure access , utilities and light janitorial. 

Units are shown by appointment by calling 509-255-7275