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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

South Perry Lantern now open in the Perry District

   Photos used courtesy of South Perry Lantern and Propaganda Creative.

The former Lantern Tap House is under new ownership, has been updated and is now back open as the "South Perry Lantern" , paying tribute to the Perry community.

The Perry District cornerstone underwent a complete overhaul and is completely remodeled. They say the remodel was very extensive including reorganizing and opening the floorplan, bringing in more natural light, restoring the natural woodwork, and returning the South Perry Lantern to building and health code standards. 

" As we discussed the plans for this project, outside of just general improvements to the sanitation and safety elements. We decided that we wanted to make sure to bring back the historic charm of the century old building" said Jeremy Tangen, business owner. Noteworthy improvements include the addition of multiple windows to increase natural lighting, construction of a 21-foot custom bar featuring a 14-handle beer system and reconfiguration of the space's 2,200 Sq/ft of dining and kitchen space providing for a larger dining area and inproved seating options.

The South Perry Lantern is home to a robust craft beer selection, a "mug club" and a reimagined menu by Chef Alex Szambelan formerly of the prestigious Broadmoor in Colorado. The menu includes bold, impressive new dishes, including a weekend brunch. " I'm very proud of what we have put together here for this menu" says Chef Alex.

The South Perry Lantern is also accepting applications for all positions, with a $500 signing bonus after a three month training period. Applications should be sent to

For more information on the newly opened South Perry Lantern, including a look at the menu and beer selection. Visit their website at

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Project update- Spokane Tribe Casino expansion

 As part of our periodic "Project Update" series of posts today we take a look at the expansion of the Spokane Tribe Casino in Airway Heights...

  Photo used courtesy of Swinerton.

Crews from the general contractor, Swinerton and others are hard at work and have already closed in the addition to the existing Casino building. Crews are also hard at work with the site / parking lot work on the site's eastern side.

This is phase 2 of the building process for the Spokane Tribe Casino, which is set to be completed sometime late this year with more phases planned in the future. This phase of development will include:

-20,000 square feet of new gaming space

-A brand new restaurant

-Doubling the size of Whaluks, the existing bar on the Casino floor

-Expanding the existing non-smoking gaming area.

For more information on Spokane Tribe Casino, visit their website

And, for more info on the projects GC Swinerton, visit

Friday, June 18, 2021

Former Econo Lodge near Airport being renovated into The James, a 140 unit apartment complex

Construction crews have already started in on a project that will soon convert a former hotel on Spokane's west side into a new place to live. Plans call for a complete remodel of the now closed Econo Lodge at 1503 S. Rustle into an apartment complex to be called " The James".

The James will feature 140 updated apartments, all studio units from 228 square feet up to 336 square feet. The remodel will upgrade the building and units where necessary and add kitchenettes for future tenants use. Rental rates aren't available just yet but we will continue to keep and eye on the project.

The building owner and general contractor is Fortify Holdings of Beaverton,OR. , who boasts on their website that they "refurbish old properties and build new communities from the ground up" , they also are currently actively renovating the former Days Inn on Third in Downtown Spokane into another new apartment community called The Imperial, we hope to make a separate post about that project in the near future.

Fortify Holdings apartments are managed and leased via Avenue 5 Residential ( ).

Burger chain, Frugals to open in former Wolffy's nearby Gonzaga

After about six months of sitting empty, it looks like life and even burgers will be returning soon to the corner of Hamilton and Sharp, just off of the campus of Gonzaga University. Permits have been applied for and are currently pending to remodel the former Wolffy's Grill at 1229 N. Hamiliton into an all new restaurant.

Per the permits the space will become a location of Frugal's, a Port Angeles based small chain of quick service restaurants with six existing locations and a food truck as of the present moment. Current locations are scattered from the flagship in Port Angeles to Tacoma and even Montana. The restaurants menu is made up of quick and cheap food items, such as burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries and milkshakes. Additionally there is even a " hidden menu " located on their website.

We reached out for more information about Frugal's plans to open in Spokane but didn't receive a reply. The permits expire later this year so we expect construction to start in the near future, with the documents showing the plan as " rebranding and updated into Frugals ", an approx. $120,000 project which is to be undertaken by general contactor Element Worx,Inc.of Kalispel,MT.

For more information on Frugals, check out their website at

Monday, June 7, 2021

New indoor playground concept, We Play Spokane, coming soon to Spokane Valley Mall


Construction is now underway in section of the Spokane Valley Mall for a new business called We Play. We Play is described as a primer indoor playground, the first of it's kind in Spokane County. The playground will feature a two level 5,489 SF main structure for kids ages 2-12 and a 750 SF toddler area for kids up to 3 years old.

They say the goal of We Play is to provide "a meaningful play experience the entire family can enjoy, in a clean and safe environment without the need for screen time." The new business will open later this Summer after remodeling their space, which will be located on the second floor of the Mall, across from the former Sears and above H & M.

The main play structure in the playground will feature ball blasters, slides, trampoline, zip line and several climbing and obstacle amenities. The toddler area will also be packed with fun activities and a 8 obstacle ninja course will be attached to the main play structure.

Pricing will be set by 2 hours of play, with yearly memberships available. Three birthday party area are also planned with pricing coming soon for those.

For more information on We Play Spokane and to follow along with their construction progress, check them out on Facebook at- 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

New hockey bar, Lord Stanley's coming soon to Downtown Spokane

Described as Spokane's future premier hockey bar, construction has begun for Lord Stanley's , coming soon to Downtown Spokane. The new bar and restaurant will be located on the ground floor of The Legion Building at 108 N. Washington, on the corner Washington & Riverside.

They are currently planning to have Lord Stanley's open by sometime in August. The business's website indicates that they will carry every NHL game and are actively seeking more Hockey memorabilia to decorate the new space. They also mention the new bar will have 16 TV's , a huge 165 inch HD projector screen, a full bar and a food menu. The menu is still a work in progress as of this moment however.

Lord Stanley's is even named after a Hockey great, Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, Lord of Preston, who is the creator and namesake of the Stanley Cup.

For more information on Lord Stanley's , check their website at , follow them on Facebook at , or on Instagram @lordstanleyspokane.