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Monday, January 26, 2015

New restaurant openings & closings- Jan 26th 2015

R.I.P Chad "cheddar" Rattray . Chad was the owner and operator of the popular, long running hot dog cart out front of the Bank of America building Downtown. In case you missed the media coverage, he unfortunately passed away last week of the flu.

His cart will surely be missed by all Downtown workers / visitors and myself. My thoughts go out to his friends and family.

The Wake-Up Call

Among my favorite coffee shops in the Inland Northwest is The Wake Up Call, with a small group of locations around Spokane Valley. Now the small chain coming in closer to Downtown with last week's opening of their newest location.

The new Wake Up Call can be found at the corner of 5th and Freya ( 3526 E. 5th Ave. ) . This is nearby the Thor Ave. Fred Meyer store.

Common Crumb Artisan Bakery

A new bakery from the same ownership / chef of Sante will open for business sometime this week. The bakery is called Common Crumb Artisan Bakery and will be at 19 W. Main in Downtown Spokane's new Saranac Commons building.

We hope to have more on Common Crumb soon. Also, a grand opening is planned, probably in March or April once the other Saranac Commons businesses come on line.

Maracas Mexican Grill

With early excellent reviews coming in, it's hard to ignore one of the newest Mexican restaurants in Spokane.

Maracas Mexican Grill opened late last year in a former Asian restaurant space on the South Hill. Maracas can be found at 2910 E. 57th Ave. Suite 4 and is locally owned and operated with beer / wine and a full bar available.

Stop n' Go Drive In

Billed as a family drive in , Stop n' Go Drive In has gone out of business. The local fast food restaurant at one time had a location in North Spokane and Spokane Valley.

The last location, which was at 6325 N. Wall in North Spokane is now closed.

Tamarack Public House

While it opened later then everyone expected, Tamarack Public House is now open in Downtown Spokane.

Tamarack Public House is pub with a full, and exciting food menu. They can be found by the Bing Crosby Theater at 912 W. Sprague Ave.

Latah Creek Winery

The established, Spokane Valley based Latah Creek Winery has opened a new wine tasting room in Downtown Spokane, adding to the up and coming Downtown wine scene ( Spokane Cork District ).

The new Latah Creek Winery tasting room is located in the same space as Bozzi Gallery, a art gallery on the second floor of the Old City Hall building at 221 N. Wall.

This is note worthy to local wine lovers as Arbor Crest Winery recently left River Park Square and this new wine tasting room is actually accessible from River Park Square via the hallway in between Macy's and Smart Smoke.

Coeur d' Alene's newest food truck almost pod

With only two food trucks it's far from a full fledged food truck pod, but in a city that has only a few food trucks it is worth mention of the new guys on N. Government Way.

They are both on a lot on the western side of the 3000 block of N. Government immediately next to the Kisses Espresso drive though. These new food trucks are...

Dj's Adventures in Deliciousness -  a burger truck, that also features mac n' cheese bacon balls.

Drummin Up BBQ - a BBQ food truck.


We think we have confirmed one of Spokane's biggest restaurant rumors. But don't yet have the details, keep watching as exciting news is coming soon