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.
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.
http://outsiderpnw.com ( 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...