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Friday, November 30, 2018

The Habit Burger files for a building permit on N. Division

A growing and very popular California based burger chain looks to be coming to Spokane. No, it's not In & Out but I think Spokane will surely get in the The Habit of going to The Habit Burger Grill.

Building permits we're recently filed to construct a new building for The Habit Burger Grill at 6710 N. Division. This is the vacant lot at Division & Lyons where a Popeye's Chicken had been planned to be built. Little is known as of my writing this about the planned new Spokane location but this is a building permit and not just a "pre-development meeting" with a set expiration date of late May 2019. Given this we'll likely see them opening sometime around the Spring of 2019.

The Habit Burger Grill is an Irvine,Ca based chain with about 250 locations in 10 US States and a couple of overseas locations in China and the UAE. They are considered one of the fastest growing fast food chains in the United States with a menu of burgers, chicken and more. A menu can be found on their website which is the link below...

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Union Tavern now open on E. Sprague

Life has returned to the abandoned "palmistry building" on E. Sprague. After several months of construction Union Tavern is now open in the building which is located at 1914 E. Sprague.

While it's a new business, Union Tavern's d├ęcor plays homage to the history of the building and the area. Historic beer advertisements are scatted through out, old wooden bleacher seats from the Gonzaga Kennel and a bar salvaged out of now closed Casino in Montana. And, even those old palmistry signs are still displayed in the business.

Union Tavern features beer, wine and liquor and even a food menu. Among the offerings are sandwiches, burgers, salads, soups, appetizers and more. A small breakfast menu is also available on the weekends. Union Tavern is basically geared towards being cool new local hang out for all ages.

For more information on Union Tavern, find them on Facebook at- 

Meridian Construction & Development to remodel and expand South Hill Goodwill

Meridian Construction & Development has announced they will be the general contractor behind a new project for Goodwill on the South Hill. The Goodwill location near the Lincoln Heights Shopping Center at 2927 E. 29th.will undergo a full remodel and expansion.

The $2 million project will consist of a remodel of the 9760 square foot retail store and a 7165 square foot addition. The addition will be used as a production area with new loading docks to support the sorting and processing of donations for local area stores.

The project is estimated to take about 6 months to complete, with architecture already done by Wolfe Architectural Group.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Dry Fly Distilling to build large new production facility

Dry Fly Distilling is growing and soon their products will be enjoyed by adults overseas with a new export agreement. Just last week Dry Fly Distilling announced a new partnership with Seven Seas Export,LLC to distribute Dry Fly products into major Pacific Rim nations. Intially their products will be sold in South Korea under the new parent company Dry Fly Korea,LLC with 4 products - vodka, gin, wheat whiskey and bourbon. Production on orders for those products start this month with a move to weekly container shipments in 2020.

And, to keep up with increased demand Dry Fly Distilling will relocate to a new much larger facility. Since their founding in 2007, Dry Fly has operated in the River Walk Building at 1003 E. Trent just east of Downtown. But, the facility on Trent is capable of producing just 30,000 maximum annual gallons and the new planned facility will be able to produce 250,000 maximum annual gallons.

The new Dry Fly Distilling production facility will be a part of the yet to be announced NoDo at Normandie development. NoDo at Normandie will be a 5.2 acre mixed use urban village that will also include medium density housing, office and retail uses. The site is the former City of Spokane fleet services center on Normandie, just north of Downtown. Dry Fly will occupy a 24,000 square foot building in the project with the new plant planned come online in Jan. 2020.

We don't have a rendering of the planned production facility, but KXLY does, so check out their article on this topic for a sneak peek-

For more information on Dry Fly Distilling, visit-

For more information on Seven Seas Export,LLC, visit-

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Happy Trails to Brews coming to the Indian Trail neighboorhood.

The Indian Trail neighborhood will soon be getting a cool new locally owned and operated tavern. Construction is officially starting on Happy Trails to Brews in a leased space within the Sundance Plaza shopping center at 9025 N. Indian Trail Rd.

The new place will feature 18 beers on tap, as well as wines and ciders, with crowlers available. The owner is serious about beer running a series of beer review videos on YouTube in addition to periodic updates on the planned Happy Trails to Brews tap house. There isn't a set opening date just yet but they are shooting to be open sometime around the end of the year or early next year. We'll be watching for more...

A website is also coming soon at

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Big Island BBQ coming to Liberty Lake

"Our food is meant to be a vacation for the mouth" is how a new restaurant coming soon to Liberty Lake describes what they will offer. And, while the menu is still far from set, a lease has been signed and work is starting on the cool new casual Island / Hawaiian style restaurant.

The new business will be locally owned and operated and will be called Big Island BBQ. They are to be located in the Yokes anchored shopping center at 1235 N. Liberty Lake Rd with and opening date planned for March of 2019 and soft openings possible before that.

Among the menu offerings of Big Island BBQ will be mix and match plates of chicken, short ribs and other island favorites. Also they plan to have a salad bar with fresh and tasty choices for all tastes and diets, many awesome side dishes and even some desserts.

Watch for more on Big Island BBQ and follow them on Facebook at-

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Panda Express now open in Post Falls

After a couple of months of construction the areas newest Panda Express is now open. Located at 6291 W Pointe Pkwy in Post Falls is adjacent to the State Line Walmart...

A Maverick gas station is coming eventually to the same area and there is an unconfirmed rumor of a new Arby’s all joining the somewhat stalled “Pointe at Post Falls” commercial development.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Red Lion River Inn has become part of Ruby Hospitality and big changes are coming

Spokane's last Red Lion branded hotel is changing and joining part of a cool locally owned and operated hotel brand. The Red Lion River Inn on Division is converting into the new Ruby River Hotel, which will be part of Ruby Hospitality. This is the same company that operates the Hotel Ruby and a few other establishments and is owned by local developer Jerry Dicker.

Red Lion had been leasing the hotel from the Dickers but decided against renewing the lease. This was the last Red Lion branded hotel in Spokane, the Hotel RL has since been sold and is now The Centennial Hotel and a third Red Lion on the top of the Sunset Hill rebranded recently as a Quality Inn .

The new Ruby River Hotel will undergo a major renovation to include all public spaces, restaurant and lounge, banquet space, guest rooms , pool and the building's exterior. The renovations are geared to "bring the outside indoors" and play upon the hotel's great position right along the Spokane River. Room renovations will give rooms a clean modern design. Also they plan to add an expanded outdoor heated pool, hot tub, cabanas, social fire pit and a lot more. Renovation begins immediately and will be done in phases with the hotel remaining open during the project.

The restaurant space will be remodeled, rebranded and re-named. When it re-opens it will operate as the Onyx Kitchen and Bar featuring American cuisine with an Asian fusion element. The restaurant will have an all new menu, expanded covered outdoor dining and a relocated bar area.

The Ruby River Hotel, located at 700 N. Division, has 245 guest rooms and suites, over 3000 square feet of flexable meeting and event space, two outdoor pools, tennis court and more.

For more info on the new Ruby River Hotel, check out their new web site at-

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates & Ice Cream coming to Spokane

Since their founding in 1964 Mrs. Cavanaugh's has been a go to for sweet lovers in the Salt Lake City area. Today they operate a factory in North Salt Lake City and five retail locations around the Salt Lake Valley but they are growing and expanding to a new retail location in the Wandermere area here in Spokane.

Plans are for Mrs. Cavanaugh's to open sometime late this month in the new strip mall at 513 E. Hastings. The store will carry their full line of chocolates from truffles to creams, fudge to caramels and everything in-between. There many specialty items and even some awesome sounding candy bars. If chocolates not your thing they also have some popcorns and a big selection of premium custard ice creams. All of it perfect for the holidays or really any day!

Keep watching here and on our social media pages for more on Mrs. Cavanaugh's, and to check out what they offer click on over to their website at-

Hop Mountain Taproom & Grill to open this weekend

After a few months of construction, Spokane's newest tap house is now just a couple of days from opening for business. The new Hop Mountain Taproom & Grill will host their official grand opening starting at 11am on Sat. November 10th, more information on that is in the image below.

Hop Mountain Taproom & Grill is a family friendly and family owned establishment located at 14017 N. Newport Hwy Ste. G , in North Spokane. The business will boasts 21 craft beer, ciders and sours on tap, all of which are dedicated to Pacific Northwest breweries.

And, while beer is of course a big focus of Hop Mountain, they are also a restaurant as well with a delicious sounding menu. Appetizers consist of sliders, deep fried pickles, steak bites and many more. And, for those seeking a meal there are a burgers, sandwiches, wraps, wings and more. They even have a kids menu.

Defiantly worth checking out, which we plan to do soon... For more information today on Hop Mountain Taproom and Grill find them on Facebook at-

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

New office building coming to the Five Mile area

Pre-leasing is already underway for a new office building that is coming soon on the back side if the Five Mile Shopping Center in North Spokane. Planned for construction in the spring of 2019 the new Austin Professional Building will sit at 6515 N. Austin Rd.

The new office complex will consist of 1 level of covered parking and 2 floors of office space all served by a central elevator. In all it will have about 8000 square feet of total office space or 4000 square feet on each floor. About 30 uncovered parking spaces are also included on the site which is to be completed sometime around the Fall of 2019 if all goes as planned.

For information on leasing office space in the Austin Professional Building contact Brumback Inc. Commercial Real Estate at 509-924-3939 or on their website at

-This site is not affiliated with Brumback, contact them at the info above.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Checking out Amy’s Donuts, now open in Spokane Valley

Although already open for a few days we finally checked out Amy’s Donuts at 11519 E Sprague. This won’t be a review per se but is a look at what to expect if you haven’t been there yet. Amy’s does make an awesome donut and they have a huge selection with some unique donuts. I recommend checking them out....

Where else would you like to us check out ( new business wise ) ? Let me know at

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Nectar Wine and Beer is still coming to South Perry

In the world of commercial real estate and construction it seems as if nothing goes as planned. Even writing this blog there have been countless places that have missed there opening dates leaving us all guessing. But, one such local mystery has been Nectar Wine and Beer's planned and even announced new second location.

Originally announced in September of 2016 they we're to open a second location in the Spring of 2017. But, after a bit of negotiation issues we have learned Nectar has now signed a lease and the a new Nectar Wine and Beer is in fact coming to the South Perry neighborhood with the owner saying they will be selecting a contractor soon.

The hope is to have this new space open sometime in the Spring of 2019 in the newer building at 907 S. Perry. Assuming the same plan remains the new place will be very similar to the original Nectar Wine and Beer which has called the Kendall Yards Business District home since it's opening in 2015.

Nectar Wine and Beer is a locally owned and operated specialty shop / bar featuring fine wines from around the region, craft beers and some meats and cheeses. They also have become well known for there many events, which will likely continue on at the new second location on South Perry.

Keep watching for more...

And, for more info on Nectar Wine and Beer find them on Facebook at

They also do have a website but I'm waiting on linking that as it looks to be hacked right now...