Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Ethan Stowell's Tavolata coming to Downtown Spokane

 Seattle based restaurateur Ethan Stowell has announced today that he plans to open a location of his Tavolata restaurant, a popular modern Italian eatery, in Spokane. Stowell says " When the opportunity arose for us to cross the mountains and create an amazing restaurant in such an amazing place, we jumped at it " 

Tavolata will be the anchor tenant of the historic and recently renovated OCH Building at the corner of N. Wall St and Spokane Falls Blvd. in Downtown Spokane. The restaurant will occupy a 5,000 square foot space that had been vacant but was at one time an Olive Garden restaurant. Tenant improvements are underway and the new Tavolata is set to open in early 2021.

Chris Bell along with Jon Jefferies of NAI Black represented the landlord in the transaction. They also acknowledge they have multiple deals at the OCH Building that they plan to announce in the coming weeks. " Now that the building has been fully renovated and updated we are seeing an increase in lease activity " said Jon Jefferies. 

The new restaurant will have a prime location across from Riverfront Park and the Numerica Skate Ribbon. It will feature seating for 172 guests between the main dining room, lounge area, bar counter and bar. As well as offering two private dining rooms and a seasonal patio with a additional seating for 30. 

Additionally, but not mentioned in today's announcement is a place called " Tavolata Mini " which recently popped up on a permit for a tenant improvement at the Wonder Building, a few blocks north of this site. We're keeping an eye out for news on that.

For more information on Eathan Stowell Restaurants, visit their website  http://ethanstowellrestaurants.com

Monday, September 21, 2020

New buildings going up in the Kendall Yards Business District

West of Jefferson rendering courtesy of Baker Construction & Development, Inc.

 New development is getting underway in the Kendall Yards Business District, along W. Summit Pkwy and north of Downtown Spokane. Two new mixed use buildings are planned along the north side of Summit in-between the My Fresh Basket grocery store and the existing buildings of Kendall Yards.

Baker Construction & Development, Inc. of Spokane will be the general contractor for both buildings, the first of which is currently being called West of Jefferson and would be directly next to the existing business district buildings. This building will be a five story structure with commercial on the ground floor and apartments on the upper floors. 

The plans for the West of Jefferson building call for four retail spaces, a restaurant space on the lower level and a total of 41 apartments above. The residential space will be made up of eight studios, thirteen one-bedroom and twenty two-bedroom units with a completion date for the entire building being planned by the end of 2021.

          Flatiron building renderings courtesy of Baker Construction & Development, Inc.

Just east of this new building will soon be another new building. This will be a unique looking " Flatiron " style building, construction will start later and given this there is not a completion date just yet for the Flatiron building. However once constructed it will offer ground floor retail space and 8 units of residential above, each of the residential units will have a loft mezzanine. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Extensive renovations wrap up for a hotel on the Division St. Hill


A fresh new look is in place after an extensive renovation of a highly visible hotel at the base of the Division Street Hill. The hotel, which is located at 3033 N. Division St, originally opened as a Best Western but has aligned with budget brands most recently.

The current owner, Sapphire Hospitality, acquired the hotel in 2008. All together they own several other properties around the Pacific NW and boast about 500 total rooms now in their portfolio. This hotel in Spokane offers 61 rooms on three floors.

The renovations are wrapping up and the hotel will end up being re-branded with Days Inn & Suites by Wyndham and it is clean modern lodging option nearby Downtown, the University District and much of Spokane. The hotel now offers a fitness center, business center, guest laundry, indoor pool, hot breakfast, a market place and 50" TV's in each room.

For more info and to place room reservations for the new Days Inn & Suites By Wyndham Spokane, visit the hotels page on http://www.wyndhamhotels.com

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Work to start soon for Boxcar Apartments, a modern seven story apartment building planned in the University District

                                          Renderings are provided courtesy of Project^ , thank you.

Construction is set to begin as soon as early October for a new seven story apartment building coming east of Downtown Spokane in the University District neighborhood. The large building will rise on a vacant lot located at 15 N. Grant, just a short distance west of the new University Gateway Bridge's south landing.

Plans call for a mixed use building that will be primarily residential with 136 units consisting of studios , one and two bedroom apartments. The project will offer a lobby, fitness room, sauna, outdoor deck, dog wash, secured bike room, garden and package concierge. Covered parking and a café space will also be included and they are targeting to achieve LEED Silver status.

The Boxcar Apartment project is being developed by Project^ , a Portland based developer who has an impressive portfolio of projects in Oregon and California, this will be the companies first development in the Spokane market. TVA Architects of Portland designed the project and Spokane based Bouten Construction will be the general contractor with the development set to be complete in 2021.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Construction underway for Spokane's first cohousing community

 After 4 plus years of planning and selling, construction is now well underway for Haystack Heights Cohousing, which will be the first cohousing development to be built in Spokane. 

                                      Photos are courtesy of Haystack Height Cohousing

Cohousing is a form of neighborhood development that has grown over the past 30 years and now with over 165 communities nationwide. In the concept residents reside in their own private living spaces but share a common centrally located club house for shared meals and activities. 

The project here in Spokane is being developed by The Perry Group,LLC with 32 private townhomes and flats plus 7 existing units in buildings that are already at the site. The project sits on three acres of land just southeast of the corner of Hartson Ave and Garfield St, in the South Perry Neighborhood. Homes range from 650 square foot single level flats to 1470 square foot two story townhomes. All homes had been reserved by future resident members by Valentine's of the year before construction began and now the community maintains a waiting list of potential buyers.

The common house construction will begin soon with 3,200 square feet of space that will include a kitchen, lounge, laundry, 2 guest rooms, a kid's playroom, a bike garage and gardens. Construction on the entire project is to be complete during the winter of 2021 with construction financed by Numerica Credit Union and work being done by Yost Gallager Construction,LLC of Spokane.

For more information on Haystack Heights Cohousing, visit their website at http://www.spokanecohousing.com 

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Hang 10 Hawaiian BBQ opens near Sacred Heart

 Please join us is saying Aloha to one of Spokane's newest restaurants, Hang 10 Hawaiian BBQ. You'll find this new restaurant opening in the space next door to Press Public House at 909 S. Grand. It is also owned by the Goodwin Group which has a stake in Press and a number of popular bars & restaurants all around Spokane.

                                      Photos are courtesy of Hang 10 Hawaiian BBQ

Hang 10 is currently in soft opening as of my writing this and serving their menu out of Press only, although they plan to open in the new space next door within the next few days. They say the restaurant is a quick serve style eatery, making as much as possible from scratch, with sous vide meats, house made sauces and fresh grilled meats and veggies. 

Hang 10 BBQ describes their menu as authentic Hawaiian BBQ. They offer plate lunches, burgers, sandwiches and entrees like Loco Moco and Kalua Pork Tacos. They are open daily from 11a-9p and offer vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options in addition to some catering. For more information find them on Facebook or Instagram.

Monday, August 31, 2020

New Businesses and other news briefs!

 I have several news items waiting to be posted on the site, many I don't have a lot of info on so I figured I'd put several together into a post of " briefs ". If you'd like to know more about any of these feel free to contact me and stay tuned as I might have more on them soon-

Hello Sugar planning a location in Liberty Lake

Hello Sugar, a popular local mini donut business that started with one location in Kendall Yards is now planning a location in Liberty Lake. This will be their third location as they have another location off of Dishman-Mica Rd in Spokane Valley.

The new Liberty Lake Hello Sugar will be in the new building across from Orchard Park at 1950 N. Harvest Pkwy, next door will be Sweet Annie's Artisan Creamery who is starting their first brick & mortar location . I've reached out to Hello Sugar for an opening date / if a coffee menu will be included and are waiting to hear back now.

Spokane Comedy Club becomes Spokane Shake Company... at least for now

Events like comedy shows won't be allowed in Washington state until " phase 4 " so to get their staff back to work and making profit, the Spokane Comedy Club has gotten creative in a very awesome way.

The comedy club / bar at 315 W. Sprague has developed a restaurant menu of pizzas, hot dogs and milkshakes with milkshakes being their specialty. They have even re-named themselves the Spokane Shake Company.

They say even after the comedy shows return they will keep an expanded menu of some sort. The new menu has 30 shakes made with Tillamook Ice Cream in regular and large sizes. Boozy shakes are also available and the shakes can be made vegan.

Delivery of the Spokane Shake Company menu is also available to be delivered via Grubhub, Uber Eats, Doordash and Postmates.

Re-development coming to former Downtown Les Schwab

SVN Cornerstone advisor Taylor Gibbons represented the buyer and seller for the former Les Schwab tire and repair shop at 101 W. 2nd. Les Schwab relocated elsewhere Downtown a few months ago.

The building's new owner has big plans for the 7,530 square foot building which we will be watching for more news on in the coming weeks. Much of the building will be re-developed into a convenience store and the remainder will be used for at least a couple of retail bays to leased out to other business.

Re-development possible for former Downtown Days Inn

Not far away from the aforementioned Les Schwab is an older Days Inn motel at 128 W. Third which was recently sold to a new owner. The new owner Fortify Holdings, LLC of Beaverton,OR.  is in the early planning phase to convert the entire motel into studio apartments with an extensive renovation.

We will be watching to see if this project does come to fruition and what all will be included. The site also includes the former Taaj Indian restaurant which will also be re-developed possibly for a new restaurant operator.

Hang 10 Hawaiian BBQ opening on the Lower South Hill

An all new Hawaiian BBQ style restaurant called Hang 10 Hawaiian BBQ is opening soon next door to Press at 909 S. Grand nearby Sacred Heart Hospital. They actually are already in soft opening with the menu being available at Press.

We are still waiting to see more about this new restaurant and hope to check it out soon.

Rind and Wheat opening in Browne's Addition

Local chef Ricky Webster is open a new bakery and cheese shop in the Dormitory building at 1516 W. Riverside in Browne's Addition. Many will remember Chef Webster for appearances on Hallmark Channel and the Food Network, he is even a winner from the Hallmark Drama Christmas Cookie Matchup show

His new shop, which will be called Rind and Wheat is to open in the fall of this year

New businesses!

Dressed By Eva is a new women's clothing boutique with many unique styles, including some from Europe has opened at 2 N. Post St. in Downtown Spokane

Roundhill's Barbershop will be a historic looking full barber shop opening soon in Downtown Spokane at 429 W. First Ave, nearby the Ridpath.

Bohemian Brew is new coffee shop coming soon to Browne's Addition at 1618 W. 2nd.

And, soooo much more!

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Plans show possible " delivery station " coming to former Lowe's on N. Division, could this be another Amazon project?

INBW staff photo- the recently opened Spokane Amazon Fulfillment Center on the West Plains.

 It's a project that's still early in the process, but a large company is working on plans to convert the former Lowe's store at 6902 N. Division into a warehouse of sorts. The site has not even gone to permitting and is only up for a "Pre-Development Application" but the documents filed along with the plans indicate this could be another Amazon related project.

The Amazon name is not on the documents but the contact info is company in Seattle and it's called a " delivery station " which is the name of the smallest form of Amazon warehouse's. An Amazon operated site describes their delivery stations as buildings where customer orders are prepared for "last mile" delivery to customers.

This wouldn't be the first time recently that the massive company has announced a delivery station type warehouse after a developing a fulfillment center here in the Northwest. To our South in the Boise area Amazon is building a massive fulfillment center in Nampa and converting a 80,000 square foot warehouse near the Airport in Boise into a delivery station.

Regardless of who the company is behind the project in Spokane, it's large and seems like something that would bring new jobs to Spokane. The majority of the building ( 116,000 square feet ) would be turned into warehouse space with a lane for fleet vehicles to pull through the facility at the back, five semi truck bays would be along the front of the building. A 9,600 square foot office area would also be along the front ( southern ) half of the existing structure.

The project would also add a large surface parking area. Just south of the building is a Sportsman's Warehouse store that would remain. But, new parking for employees would be on the vacant lot just south of that store. The plans call for a total of 117 " associate " parking spaces.

The project is still being planned but I do expect it to come to fruition as the questions they ask of the city imply they want to begin construction as soon as possible, going as far as to ask if they can pay for city staff's OT to approve their plans. Another section shows the project is hoping for a Spring 2021 opening.

We will watch this project very closely as it appears this project might be big news for Spokane and might move fast so stay tuned!

Saturday, August 22, 2020

New memory care facility, The Cottages of Spokane to be built in North Spokane

Construction will begin soon for a new memory care facility called The Cottages of Spokane, which will be located in North Spokane at 6904 N. Nevada, just north of Lyons Ave.

Baker Construction & Development was awarded the construction contract to build the $6.4 million dollar project that will include 5 ground up buildings, including a 2,696 square foot single story admin building for offices, laundry and kitchen. The other four buildings will be 4,752 square foot " cottages " for resident living.

The Cottages of Spokane is a project of the Mercer Island based CarePartners and architectural work was done by CDFey Architects of Missoula,MT. The project is set to be completed during the Summer of 2021.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Work starts for Hazelwood Square project in Airway Heights

 Crews have started work on a new commercial development next door to the Village Center Cinema movie theater, along US 2 in Airway Heights. The development will be called Hazelwood Square and what is being built right now is " building one " of the project which will be a 10,790 square foot mixed retail / dental single story structure.

Renderings courtesy of Bernardo Wills Architecture, PC

The work site from the Village Center parking lot, taken by INBW staff.

Baker Construction & Development is acting as the general contractor and Bernardo Wills Architects, PC has done the architectural work for the project. Two tenants are already signed on to open in the new building once it is completed, they are MattaWoolf Family Dental and a location of The Man Shop barber shop chain.

For information on leasing at Hazelwood Square, contact Hawkins Edwards at 509-838-8500 or via their website http://www.hawkinsedwardsinc.com

Friday, August 14, 2020

Construction underway for new North 40 Outfitters in Airway Heights

 We've heard of a possible new North 40 Outfitters coming to Airway Heights for quite some time. But, it's now becoming a reality as signs are now posted and actual physical construction started on the site recently. 

Site work has been underway for a few days now and when I checked up on the project earlier in the week a concrete pumping rig was working suggesting some foundation work was underway beyond my line of sight. 

The new store will be at 9646 W. US Hwy 2 , at the intersection of US 2 and Deer Heights Rd., and technically falls just inside the city limits of Spokane . Once complete the store will be 95,000 square feet with 75,600 square feet of retail selling space and the remainder will be support space and warehouse. Young Construction Group of Hayden is the general contractor and there is no news on a opening date as of yet.

The new Airway Heights North 40 Outfitters store will be like the rest of the chain, selling farm and ranch supplies, automotive, apparel, tools, home and garden supplies and more. It will be the 3rd store in the Spokane metro and another location is located in Coeur d' Alene.

For more info on North 40 Outfitters, check http://www.north40.com

Progress check - Coast Aluminum & Architectural's new warehouse in Spokane Valley is coming together.

Construction is well underway for the large new warehouse being constructed for the Hayward,CA based Coast Aluminum & Architectural. The new building is located within Spokane Valley's Pinecroft Business Park along Pinecroft Way in-between Mirabeau Pkwy and Cherry St.. It will likely replace the company's current Spokane area location within the Spokane Business & Industrial Park.

Plans call for a 73,500 square foot warehouse with attached 3,200 square foot office space. We checked in on the project earlier this week and walls are now up on the tilt-up style building with an a significant amount of worker on site to get the building closed in soon.

We will continue to watch this and many other Spokane Valley construction projects. For more info on Coast Aluminum & Architectural, check out their website at - http://coastaluminum.com

Saturday, August 1, 2020

New restaurants coming to the Coeur d' Alene area

In the middle of July, I posted about several new restaurants coming to the Spokane area, because despite the ever changing Covid rules, places are still planning on opening and they deserve to be noticed! Now it's the places opening soon in the Coeur d' Alene area's turn to be highlighted...

Like before this is not a complete list, just what comes to mind. Some will probably get full posts of their own on here someday, this is just meant to be a quick look. And, if you have any leads about places I've missed feel free to reach out to me at inlandbusiness@yahoo.com .

River City Pizza

With locations in Otis Orchards and Spokane Valley, River City Pizza will be opening their first location in Idaho soon. The locally owned pizza restaurant will be in the small strip mall at the corner of Prarie & Atlas on the north side of Coeur d' Alene.

32 Below Frozen Yogurt & More

Watch for 32 Below to open soon in the newly built plaza out front on The Northern at Coeur d' Alene Place on Ramsey Rd.( address is 2045 Tea Olive Ln. Ste 101 ).

As is implied by the name, 32 Below is a frozen yogurt place, but it will be a bit different then all the other ones out there. That's because they will also sell beer and wine in addition to 12 rotating flavors of Froyo.

Gelato by the Lake

Gelato by the Lake is a new gelato shop now open for business in Downtown Coeur d' Alene at 217 E. Sherman Ave.

Wilder Coffee Roasters

Serving up what they call " hand crafted, artfully roasted, small batch coffee ", Wilder Coffee Roasters has opened up their small new slow bar in Downtown Coeur d' Alene at 211 E. Lakeside Ave.

Giorgi's Restaurant

With a menu of breakfast and lunch, Giorgi's Restaurant , who got it's start in Rathdrum,  will be opening soon in the former Roger's Burgers location out front of At Home at 155 W. Neider Ave.

Roger's Burgers

Since I mentioned a new restaurant going into a former Roger's Burgers location about I figured it was important to point out that Roger's isn't gone. In fact the locally owned and operated burger and ice cream chain is just re-locating that location to all new building they are building now under construction at 2420 N. Government Way in Coeur d' Alene.

Izzy's Comfort Kitchen

Described as a comfort food bistro with southern charm, Izzy's Comfort Kitchen will be opening for business in the coming weeks at 726 N. 4th St , the former home of Ten/6. There is no opening date announced just yet but they are already hiring for their job openings.


Ten/6 is coming back too. The restaurant was a Alice in Wonderland inspired breakfast and lunch restaurant that had quite the following. They recently announced they plan to re-open in 2021 at 7th and Wallace, still in Coeur d' Alene.

Sherman Food Court

A new food truck pod called Sherman Food Court has opened in what was last used as a Vet's office parking lot at 1902 E. Sherman, just east of Downtown Coeur d' Alene. So far a truck from Iron Pizza ( who also has a restaurant at 4th & Best ) and a poke' trailer called Poke me Poke you have signed up for the new site.

India House Restaurant

It looks like crews are finally working on a new Indian restaurant coming soon to Post Falls. We don't have much info on it yet other then to say it will be called India House and is planned to open in the strip mall nearby Wal-Mart at 740 N. Cecil in Post Falls.

Fast food

In this day and age I encourage everyone to try a local restaurant first over the big chains. But I at least have to mention there has been some moves of local chain locations. Here's the scoop on those-

1. Carl's Jr. has built a new location at 106 Appleway and they have moved here from an older restaurant they had a few blocks east of this site. In fact this location was last a Burger King

2. Burger King has built an all new location, they are now open for business at 3827 Ramsey Rd in Coeur d' Alene.

3. Dairy Queen is returning. The chain closed their location on Appleway in Coeur d' Alene a couple of years ago. But,it looks like Dairy Queen will be coming back as their website now shows a new location planned at " 95 & Hayden Ave " in Hayden. Not much else is known about this planned location yet however.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Spokane Salad Delivery is delivering up amazing salads to the area

A new business in Spokane is offering up a new kind of food delivery, salads! 

Spokane Salad Delivery is now open and delivering all over the area from Cheney to Coeur d' Alene and all points in-between. Their website says they we're started because their founder discovered a need for fresh, daily, delivered food options. These are NOT your plain salads, all our fresh, delicious and unique, from Strawberry and Avocado with Tuna Salad to Mexican Grilled Chicken Cobb Salad and so much more. 

Orders are placed before 7pm the night before and then delivered the next day between 7a-noon, and with free delivery too. A different salad is available each day of the week ( Mon- Fri ) with a couple of all week specials. They also offer a weekly/monthly subscriptions that comes in at a discounted price.

Additionally, they are very accommodating to special requests as well, they are more then willing to remove ingredients and make their salads vegan or gluten free. They also point out they are extremely Covid-aware, wiping down boxes, masks, etc...

Spokane Salad Delivery is defiantly a new business, doing something new for our area and if you'd like to try them out use the code INLANDBUSINESS at check out for $2 off any type of purchase!


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Construction to begin soon on a large new apartment building on Riverstone Dr in Coeur d' Alene

Renderings courtesy of Baker Construction & Development, Inc.

Baker Construction & Development, Inc. has been awarded the construction contract for a large new apartment building that will be coming soon to Coeur d' Alene's Riverstone development. 

The new building which will rise at 1940 Riverstone Dr. and will have five stories ( 4 over 1 ) with 62 units in all. This will include 47 one bedroom units and 14 two bedroom units, all units will offer high end finishes and are to be completed in the fall of 2021. The project will also have surface parking for tenants, and some site work has already begun at the site, which is next to the Riverstone Pond.

Baker, will act as the general contractor with Parkwood Business Properties being the developer. Additionally, Eixenberger Architect designed the project which is valued at $14 million.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Rodda Paint anchored plaza going up on E. Sprague

In Feb. 2019, a large overnight fire destroyed the Spokane Valley location of Rodda Paint in the 6800 block of E. Sprague. Afterwards the business set up shop in a smaller location at 409 N. Thierman Rd. Suite B, where they are still open for business as of today.

But, Rodda will soon be returning to that same Sprague Ave. location as construction started recently for a new multi-tenant building at 6818 E. Sprague, with Rodda Paint anchoring that new structure.

The new building will be 15,000 square feet and is planned to be ready sometime in the Spring of 2021. The largest portion of the building will be for the new Rodda Paint store, which will be on the east side of the new development next to Bradley Rd. .The western side of the building will be 4 flex / retail bays at about 1,500 square feet each, or they could be combined into 6,000 square feet. No tenants are set for these spaces just yet, but they are now pre-leasing, and open to many types of businesses. 

With phase 3 power, roll up doors planned as well ample parking and a highly visible location on Sprague, these spaces will surely fill up fast however. We'll keep and eye on this project as it develops to see what opens there. 

If your interested in leasing space at this new building check Goodale & Barbieri's website http://www.g-b.com or contact Property Manager, Clayton McFarland at 509-344-2929 cmcfarland@g-b.com 

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Ke Buena 95.7, Spokane's first Spanish language FM radio station to launch soon

A big format switch is coming very soon to the dial of Spokane radio stations. Local radio broadcasting company Legend Broadcasting, LLC is planning on ending the run of their classic rock station OZ 95.7 with a full re-brand / re-launch of the station as Spokane's first Spanish language radio station.

The new station will operate as Ke Buena 95.7 and is planned to switch sometime tomorrow, July 20th. We're told the station will broadcast Regional Mexican music and broadcasts from La Numero Network during the daytime hours and Erazno y La Chokolota in the PM hours.

95.7 is a translator re-broadcasting KYOZ 1330 AM, the signal is audible throughout the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area. On social media they say the station reaches over 500,000 people and over 50,000 Spanish speakers. The radio station is a sister station of Hank 104.5 , a classic country station that will remain operating as normal.

Advertising will be available on Ke Buena 95.7 , for more info give them a call at 509-822-7931 . A website is also coming soon at http://kebuena957.com and there is a page already set up on Facebook.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

New restaurants on the horizon in our area

Some of the details about what eating out in a post-pandemic world will look like is still uncertain. But, there are plenty of sites and social media pages that will give you all the information and active debates about all of that. All, I will say if please wear a mask in public!!!

Instead I've chosen to use my little corner of the internet focus on the positive, the fact that new restaurants are actually still coming soon to the Spokane area! Below, are some of the ones I'm hearing about, it won't be a full list and I won't go fully in depth on them here but still a worthwhile glance. 

If I miss something, feel free to tell me at inlandbusiness@yahoo.com . Additionally if you represent a restaurant, feel free reach out to me also and we can arrange sometime to promote your business! 

As a dog lover I have to admit, I'm probably looking forward to Bark, A Rescue Pub the most out of any of the ones on this list. This new restaurant will be going into the historic Broadview Dairy building at 905 N. Washington and will feature a bar, menu of elevated pub food and dogs / cats in a separate area available for adoption via a partnership with the Spokane Humane Society. They will be opening this Summer.

Maganolia American Brasserie is still set to open very soon in on ground floor of the Hotel Indigo Spokane at 1st & Madison in Downtown Spokane. We recently posted some sneak peak pictures of this new restaurant that will serve what they are calling and " approachable French " menu.

Wooden City Spokane is to open as soon as this month at 819 W. Riverside in Downtown Spokane. This new restaurant is a second location of a restaurant from Tacoma and will serve " great drinks, comforting American cuisine and sincere hospitality. " We've been closely watching their social media posts and their food looks incredible!

Also planned to open within the next couple of months is Ponderosa Bar & Grill coming to the new development surrounding Barney's Harvest Foods grocery store at 11205 E. Dishman-Mica Rd in Spokane Valley. They describe their new restaurant as a hometown restaurant specializing in the comfort foods you know and love. Ponderosa is a project from the same owner as The Otis Grill in Otis Orchards.

12 String Brewing Co. is remodeling a new space at 12122 E. 1st in Spokane Valley to move their brewery to in the coming months. With the new larger space they plan a new food menu with craft pizzas and more.

New chains coming to The Y.... I try to promote local businesses first but many are anxiously waiting for Chick-fil-A and Chipotle to open later this year on Newport Hwy, just north of The Y.

The historic Commellini Estate in North Spokane now has a restaurant! With an Old World Italian inspired menu Travola Calda is now open on their property at 14715 N. Dartford. If you need more info I recommend reading a recent article in The Inlander at https://www.inlander.com/spokane/historic-commellini-estate-launches-old-world-inspired-italian-restaurant-tavola-calda/Content?oid=19948573

Speaking of articles from The Inlander, they also recently did a write up about Vieux Carre NOLA Kitchen, a new New Orleans inspired restaurant coming soon to Spokane's West Central neighborhood at 1403 W. Broadway. It is set to open sometime later this year.


And, now a few new restaurants I don't know as much about....

 If you can help me fill in the gaps on these or give me a " hot tip " send me an e-mail at inlandbusiness@yahoo.com, if I get enough info from my readers I'll randomly draw at least one to receive a coffee gift card...

We're watching the property at 3323 N. Argonne Rd. in Millwood, as a recent liquor license filing shows a business called Stockwell's is planned to open there.

A new BBQ restaurant called Blaze BBQ appears to be planning to open at 13614 W. Sunset Hwy in Airway Heights. Per the address it seems to be the former Hong Kong Restaurant & Lounge building.

Long time Garland District business Kim’s Teriyaki closed down recently at 927 W. Garland. But if the City of Spokane business license filings are correct it will be replaced by a new place called Midori Sushi & Teriyaki, watching and waiting for more on this....

I love my readers! Recently I posted an article about the new strip mall at 10509 W. Aero Rd, on the West Plains. Only a couple of days later one of my alert readers sent me a picture of a coming soon sign there for a new restaurant called Taqueria Comalito . That sign is about all of found so far about this new restaurant however.

Stay tuned! I'm hoping to do another one of this lists for my readers in North Idaho soon, but I'll hint for those readers that a new pizza place is coming to Hayden, a froyo place with beer is also in the works and more! Big things for big times!

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Demolition underway for new Olive Garden by Spokane Valley Mall

Apologies for the not as great photos, second photo is of the site as taken from the Valley Mall doors.

Crews have started working at a site adjacent to Spokane Valley Mall that will soon become a new Olive Garden restaurant. Demolition work is happening now and has removed the former Hong Kong Buffet restaurant building.

The new Olive Garden will open later this year in a new stand alone 7700 square foot building at 14742 E. Indiana. Keep watching this site for updates on this and other Spokane area construction projects.

Walls up for big expansion at Huntwood Cabinets in Liberty Lake

Despite all the negativity surrounding the economy, some companies are still growing and choosing to invest in the Spokane area. One such company is the locally based Huntwood Cabinets, construction crews are hard at work there on an expansion to their already 560,000+ square foot facility located at 23800 E. Appleway in Liberty Lake.

Walls recently went up for the new tilt-up concrete warehouse expansion that will be added on the western side of the current building. Plans call for a new 63,750 square foot space, a 5,000 square foot " open canopy structure" and an enlarged truck parking area. The expansion is planned to be built in phases, and what is currently under construction is phase one of two.

The expansion is being built with Baker Construction & Development acting as the contractor and design work being done by Bernardo Wills Architects PC, both of Spokane. No mention of how many new jobs this project will create.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Sweet Annie's Artisan Creamery to open a brick & mortar location in Liberty Lake

Sweet Annie's Artisan Creamery is already known around Spokane as a farmers market vendor and for their ice cream pint sales at a few select grocers'. The locally owned business is already known and enjoyed by many.

But, they are growing and will open an actual physical ice cream shop soon in Liberty Lake. The business is set to be a tenant of a new commercial building that is presently under construction at 1948 N. Harvest Pkwy, in the River District development ( directly across the street from Orchard Park ).

With the new space they will sell their ice creams that are produced using local ingredients, and they will also add sundaes and floats. Presently Sweet Annie's plans to open sometime in the later half of this Summer. Also, there are rumors that a coffee shop may also open in the same building but we are waiting on confirmation for that news.

For more info on Sweet Annie's Artisan Creamery, check out their website at http://www.anniesicecreams.com

Jumping Jackalope Axe Throwing to open in Downtown Spokane

A new axe throwing business is coming soon to Downtown Spokane. Jumping Jackalope Axe Throwing will open in the space next door to Garageland at 224 W. Riverside, in few weeks after some renovations are completed.

Jumping Jackelope will have about 12 or so throwing lanes, and all lanes will be wheelchair accessible, they even say they will teach kids 6 and above to throw. This business is co-owned by Miguel Tamburini who was #1 in the world last WATL season and has already qualified for the World Axe Throwing Championship which will be aired on ESPN. 

In addition to the axe throwing lanes the new business will have video games, light snacks and beer & wine. Jumping Jackelope says they will available for date nights, league nights, team building activities, birthday parties, bachelor/bachelorette parties and more. Additionally they plan to teach on throwing big axes, knives, machetes, ninja stars, sawblades, tomahawks and more.

For more info, check them out on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/jackalope_axethrowing and keep watching this site as we'll check the out when they open.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

New strip mall waiting for businesses near new Amazon Fufillment Center

New businesses and subdivisions are coming to the West Plains in record numbers. Several new building projects are going up all over this area but one hot spot seems to be the area surrounding the Medical Lake exit off of I-90. 

With all this growth it would make sense to start seeing a push for new commercial projects. One new strip mall at 10509 W. Aero Rd is now completed to shell form and waiting for new businesses and maybe even a new restaurant or two to move in.

The new building is a little under 8000 square feet and has space for up to four businesses. On site surface parking is offered and one of the suites even has a drive thru lane. There is no news yet about what businesses will open here for sure but we checked in a few weeks ago and we're told there is interest and they are working with some businesses to take space here.

This new building is on a out lot of the larger Fairways Plaza development which has one fully occupied building and is directly across from the busy Petro Truck Stop / Starbucks complex. Planning is also underway for the future of the Fairways Plaza as the plans call to eventually building a new grocery store behind where this new building is and along Westbow Rd. , more commercial space is also likely in the future.

The new strip mall and the entire project is being marketed by Windermere Manito Commercial, if you own a business that might be interested in opening here contact Chris Bornhoft with Windermere at 509-599-6504 or chris@bornhoft.com

* This site is not affiliated with the project just announcing a new local building project. 

Thursday, July 2, 2020

A sneak peak of the new Hotel Indigo and Magnolia American Brasserie, opening later this month.

A new hotel and restaurant are opening soon in Downtown Spokane. After months of renovation the Hotel Indigo, located in former Otis Hotel building at 110 S Madison ( corner of Madison & First ) is nearing completion is now scheduled to open at the end of this month. And, we recently got a sneak peak look at the new space ( Thank you! ) 

The new hotel is a part of the growing Hotel Indigo brand from IHG that are a more hip, boutique style properties and highlight the regions they call home. And, that's true with the new Hotel Indigo here in Spokane as many unique murals portraying the history of Gonzaga University athletics can be found all around. Additionally, on each floors elevator lobby is a mock advertising mural of each of the previous hotels who once called the building home. 

Before the renovation the building sat vacant for sometime but has history going back over 100 years as the building was built in 1911. And, the new hotel highlights that history at every turn, from re-purposed wood being used all over, mailboxes behind the front desk to the original stone tile floor in the lobby and a antique safe that was moved out of the buildings basement and more. Even some of the original room doors are used for decorative purposes on the walls of upper floor corridors. There is too much history in this building to share in one article, if you have an interest the history of our area this new hotel is a must visit.

But, the Hotel Indigo Spokane is also a very modern, very unique new hotel also. The hotel will feature 108 guest rooms with WiFi , valet parking, fitness center, business center and more. The property will also be pet friendly with dogs and cats welcome with a fee ( contact the hotel for up to date amounts ) .

Space for events will available with a meeting room and a banquet room adjacent to the restaurant that can be closed off for private functions. Contact the hotel for rental information.

Magnolia American Brasserie is also opening!

It's not just the Hotel Indigo that's opening in the building. The front half of the ground floor will be a new eatery called Magnolia American Brasserie, which can be accessed without having to go through the hotel as it will have a dedicated entry in the front along First Ave. . Magnolia is currently set to open at the same time as the hotel and will feature an " Approachable French " menu and a full bar. The menu is still be perfected but count on us to check it out sometime after they open.

We are very excited for this new addition to an evolving part of Downtown Spokane, it's worth checking out. If you'd like more info or to make reservations at Hotel Indigo, find them online at-