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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

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Lush Cosmetics opening in Downtown Spokane

Popular cosmetics and bath bomb company, Lush is coming soon to Downtown Spokane. This will be the company's sixth location in Washington state and the first in the Spokane area. Work is already underway now to convert the former &Kloth store at 875 W. Main into a new Lush store. The store is to be located directly across the street from the main River Park Square shopping mall and is to open in Feb. 2020.

Lush Cosmetics is based in Poole, Dorset,UK and has many locations all over the world. The company produces creams, soaps, shampoos, shower gels, lotions, moisturizers,  scrubs and a lot more. All products are made using only vegetarian or vegan recipes, using fresh ingredients, never tested on animals and supporting fair trade. They are also known for their unique bath bombs.

For more info on Lush Cosmetics and info on how to apply for jobs at the new store, visit their website at-

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Germany based FlixBus to start serving the NW, including Spokane

FlixBus, a German low cost bus carrier has announced their plans to begin serving travelers here in the Northwest. The company will partner with Seattle based MTR Western ( who also has a facility in Spokane) and will begin service in our region starting Nov. 21st.

Known in part for their bright green busses, FlixBus will serve Spokane and Coeur d’ Alene in addition Seattle, Portland, Ellensburg, Olympia, Albany, Corvallis, Eugene and Salem with connections to other parts of the country. And, one of their main selling points will be discounted fares, initially tickets will be on sale for just $9.99!

FlixBus busses feature on board WiFi, outlets and even an app that lets travelers track busses similar to Uber.

For more info on FlixBus, including online booking check their website at-

Monday, November 11, 2019

miFLAVOUR opening a french style cafe and bake shop this month

miFLAVOUR is not a new name to Spokane, they've been making amazing macrons and a few other baked goods for over 3 years, originally via markets and wholesale accounts. Recently the locally owned and operated business opened a larger facility on E. Sprague and now they're about to take another huge step.
The business is finishing up a renovation of the another portion of their facility and turning it into a new French style café and bake shop that's open to the public. The owners, Max and Ella say they " went all the way to Paris and brought back a piece of Paris to Spokane ". The new café will have a full espresso bar and daily hand made and baked French style croissants, pastries and more.

The new miFLAVOUR café will open at 7am on Friday, November 22nd at 3403 E. Sprague. During the grand opening all items will be 20% off, keep watching our site as we'll try to post after their opening.

For more info on miFLAVOUR visit their website at or call them directly at 509-309-2108

Business Openings & Closings

This is recap of some of the new business coming soon or now open in the Spokane area, plus a few moves. This is not by any means a full list just the highlights of the places I'm tracking but haven't been able to get posts on the site about.

If you think I'm missing something, want to ask a question or really anything reach out to me 24/7 at .

Spokane Valley-

Bardic Brewing & Cider will soon open their first tap room in Spokane Valley. Watch for it at 15412 E. Sprague Ave. #14

Pete & Belle's Ice Cream is opening a new kiosk style location in the center court are of Spokane Valley Mall.


Horizon Credit Union is constructing a new building at 605 S. Washington on the Lower South Hill. It will actually replace an existing location for Horizon very close by.

Floor Trader is a chain of flooring stores that is now open for business at 6227 N. Division.

Bijou is a new bar and coffee shop open in Browne's Addition. It can be found at 1925 W. 4th.

Barnwood Social Kitchen & Tavern is opening soon at 3027 E. Liberty.

Bee You Organics is a new zero waste & organic makeup & skin care store now open for business at 1114 S. Perry.

Kalico Kitchen has moved! The awesome local restaurant known for breakfast is now open in the former Monroe Street Grill at 1829 N. Monroe.

Peace Pie Pizzeria will be opening soon within the Saranac Commons building at 19 W. Main in Downtown Spokane.

West Plains-

West Plains Animal Hospital is constructing a new building that will be a significant expansion over their current clinic. Set to open in the Spring it will be by US 2 and behind Les Schwab.

North Idaho-

The Dipper is moving up and opening their first brick & mortar location at 1500 Northwest Blvd in Coeur d' Alene

Westside Pizza is now open for business in Post Falls at 920 ID 41 suite #1

The Hive is a new coworking business coming to Coeur d' Alene. Descibed as an " Inclusive coworking and community center designed by women for everyone " it will be located at 405 Indiana.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Burlington likely opening a Spokane Valley store

Building permits we’re recently filed with the City of Spokane Valley to build out a “Burlington store” in the Valley. One can only assume this would be for a location of the chain formerly known as Burlington Coat Factory.

The new store is to go into the former Toys r Us location at 15505 E Broadway, by Broadway & Sullivan Rd. . Plans call for a $1.4 million remodel of the store with front facade modifications and interior updates. Unfortunately there is no news about an opening date this early in the process, more news to come!

Burlington is a large chain of stores selling clothing, coats, accessories and a lot more. The company already operates one store at the Franklin Park Shopping Center on N. Division in Spokane. For more info visit-

Friday, November 1, 2019

Ladder Coffee Roasters to open a new location in Spokane Valley, sharing a building with Canopy Credit Union

Ladder Coffee Roasters continues to grow, as does Canopy Credit Union ( formerly Spokane Federal Credit Union ) . A few months ago Canopy opened a new branch in Spokane Valley at 13105 E. Sprague, but with the branch being 3588 square feet it meant there was still some room in the building for another local business.

That local business will be Ladder Coffee Roasters, who will open a new coffee shop there with 1200 square feet and 5-8 employees. The shop is to open in December and will be open 7 days a week.

President and CEO of Canopy Credit Union, Charlotte Nemec says they reached out to Ladder Coffee Roasters founder and owner, Aaron Rivkin, because of their shared values; serving people no matter what stage of life they're in. This will be the second location for Ladder Coffee Roasters, who also has a location near both Downtown and Browne's Addition at 1516 W. Riverside.

For more info on Ladder Coffee Roasters, visit

For more info on Canopy Credit Union, visit

Olive Garden eyeing a new location in Spokane Valley

Although not set in stone just yet, it looks strongly like Olive Garden will soon be opening a new restaurant in Spokane Valley.

An application has been filed with the City of Spokane Valley by RSI Group,Inc. of Costa Mesa,Ca. to demolish the existing structure at 14742 E. Indiana Ave. .After removing that building it would be immediately replaced by a brand new 7700 square foot building for Olive Garden. The site is adjacent to Spokane Valley Mall and is currently home to Hong Kong Buffet, with no news yet about the fate of that business.

Keep watching this site for more news about this project. This would be the 2nd location for Olive Garden for the Spokane area, although a location existed in Downtown Spokane for many years but was closed by the company 4 years ago.

For more info on Olive Garden, visit-