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Saturday, November 21, 2020

New Restaurants are still coming to the area!

 New restaurants are coming to the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area! Yes, despite COVID's grip continuing to tear down the industry, some are brave enough to open new businesses. To that I applaud them and highly encourage you to pay these places a visit.

Some aren't open yet as of this post, just a overview of what we're hearing so you can follow along with their progress....

Sirinya's Thai Restaurant & Lounge - Not open for business yet but they did file for a liquor license to go into the former Hong Kong Restaurant building at 13614 W. Sunset Hwy. in Airway Heights.

Black Straw Tea Bar & Kitchen - Known mostly as the former boba tea seller that had been located inside the Kobe Hibachi restaurant on Division. Black Straw is moving up with a new location of their own in Spokane Valley. The new location will have at least some food items added to the tea's and they should be open within the next couple of weeks at 11808 E. Sprague Ave.

Kagen Coffee & Crepes is a locally owned business with two locations already open in the Tri-Cities area. They are remodeling and will open soon in the former Starbucks at 905 E. Hawthorne in North Spokane.

DeGar's Reef Taco is now open for business in the former North Spokane Del Taco location at 12501 N. Division Suite #6 and is even operated by the same owner as the former Del Taco franchise. Currently open as drive through only.

Chick-fil-a I'm trying to keep this list mostly local but I know many would notice if I don't acknowledge the new Chick-fil-a restaurant opening soon on Newport Hwy by the Y. Opening date will be December 1st.

Other chain's opening soon... include a new Chipotle Mexican Grill on N. Newport Hwy and Olive Garden along Indiana Ave. out front of Spokane Valley Mall. 

The Tea Boba Bar has filed for building permits to remodel and open a new boba tea business at 1227 W. Summit Pkwy in Kendall Yards.

Brews Bros. Bar & Bistro will open soon in the remodeled lobby of the Wells Fargo building at 601 W. 1st in Downtown Spokane

Tavolata is a popular Italian restaurant from a Seattle restaurateur that will be opening in the coming months in the former Downtown Spokane Olive Garden at 221 N. Wall St. 

Speaking of Downtown Spokane... we're hearing a food truck might be setting up a new brick and mortar location Downtown soon. Out of respect for them that's all I'll say right now.

Bruchi's Airway Heights the local chain of Bruchi's, who is famous for their cheesesteaks and subs will open a new location on Dec. 1st in Airway Heights at 9013 W. US 2 by the Hilton Garden Inn hotel ( technically in the Spokane city limits, but same area )

Cascadia Public House will be opening a new second location soon in the Logan Neighborhood, they will be where the now closed Geno's was at 1414 N. Hamilton.

The Pizza Co. North Spokane new owners recently acquired the former Mackenzie River Pizza location in North Spokane ( 9225 N. Nevada ) and plan to open a new restaurant called The Pizza Co. . According to their social media it says they will specialize in pizza, burgers, salads, melts, wraps and draft beer.

Checkerboard Taproom I'm hoping to do a write up about this place soon either on the site or Instagram. Formerly the Checkerboard Bar and considered Spokane's oldest bar has been completely remodeled under new owners and a new menu and cool patio space. The bar, which also has an awesome food menu can be found at 1716 E. Sprague. 

Zona Blanca chef Chad White's popular ceviche restaurant is moving to a home of it's own at 157 S. Howard in Downtown Spokane. 

Pho Lei 1 is a new Vietnamese restaurant that is now open in Coeur d' Alene's Riverstone Development. They can be found next door to Starbucks at 2360 N. Old Mill Loop Suite J101

Did I forget someone? me... never

I'm sure I don't know them all or missed a very obvious one that I should have remembered, so please reach out to me at and let me know. Or, if your connected to one of the places above, contact me too, I want to learn about your business!