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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Apartments and hotel rooms coming in the next phase of renovations at Downtown Spokane's Symons Block

 In 2021 Downtown Spokane's Symons Block building was acquired by new owners. The building, which is located along S. Howard in-between Sprague and First Ave, was never fully empty but did struggle with vacancies. 

But big things we're put forth to bring new life back to the historic structure after the $2.6 Millon sale to new owners Symons Block,LLC, which is governed by local business owner Alyssa Agee and others. Soon after the sale the new owners relocated their popular People's Waffle food truck into a brick-and-mortar space previously occupied as part of defunct Observatory Bar. They also shortly after took the remaining bar space and opened Emma Rue's, which on their website is described as a luxe cafe offering cocktails, artisanal coffee & French inspired deserts and savory bites. Both businesses continue to operate with a quite strong following.

The remaining empty commercial spaces we're also renovated and today a wide verity of businesses call the Symons Block building home. From Empower Aesthetics, who took advantage of the buildings new lease on life by moving here from the South Hill to The Adam Cara Healing Center, who opened a new meditation and mindfulness studio on the buildings second floor. And several more, a full list can be found on the Symons Block website which is listed at the bottom of this article.

Now the owners will soon move onto the next chapter in the transformation of the Symons Block, which is perhaps going to be the most exciting. Plans call for a full renovation of the third and fourth floors, with new apartments, mostly on the fourth floor with what we're told will be about 12-15 one- and two-bedroom units.

On the third floor a new "micro-hotel" will open for business with 10 units, hip modern looks, shared baths and a lounge and reception area. 

They hope to open the hotel in the early months of 2023, with apartments ready to begin leasing sometime around the Summer of 2023. For more info on the Symons Block, or to add your name to the apartment wait list, visit

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Mango Tree restaurant to open in North Spokane

 SA Group Restaurants is planning to bring its popular The Mango Tree brand of Indian restaurants to a new location in North Spokane, very soon. Plans call for closing down the existing The Pizza Co restaurant at 9225 N Nevada in early June and making a quick conversion into a new The Mango Tree restaurant location.

The new North Spokane Mango Tree is planned to re-open also in early June with a more set opening date to be announced. This will be the third location of The Mango Tree as one is already located on W. Main in Downtown Spokane, and another can be found near the intersection of Kathleen and Ramsey Rd in Coeur d' Alene. Both of which will remain open for business as is.

The menu of The Mango Tree restaurants features "curries, biryani & grilled specials" in addition to a full bar menu. For a full look at the menu and information on the business, check out

Monday, May 16, 2022

New businesses coming to new spaces at Kendall Yards

 Recently two more mixed use buildings we're completed in the Kendall Yards neighborhood. The upper floors are now a new urban living apartment community called Jefferson Alley with studio, 1 bed and 2 bed floor plans and awesome views of Downtown Spokane. For info on leasing apartments there visit

The ground floor bays of the buildings we're set aside for commercial uses and those spaces are now fully leased out. One space is now occupied as the new home of Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile who is already open, having relocated from another Kendall Yards storefront to the new larger store space. Spark, a non-profit will take over the former pet store's space.

But more is on the horizon and a recent review of building permits, along with a healthy dose of research has uncovered what else will be opening soon in Kendall Yards....


A new restaurant called Sorella is planning to take about 2000 SF of space at 1122 W. Summit Pkwy. We contacted an individual with the new eatery for more info, but it's too early for them to comment. 

The Great PNW

Locally based The Great PNW is a Northwest themed apparel company that is planning a retail store in about 975 SF of space at 1098 W. Summit Pkwy. The photo above is not marked with any address but is about the only place this space could be constructed.

Tamale Box

Tamale Box is a local business that has become known for online and farmer market sales of tamales and salsas. They will evidently now be opening a new brick and mortar establishment as they have applied for a permit to convert 548 SF of space at 1102 W. Summit Pkwy #101 into a new restaurant. In the photo above the suites of this building haven't been divided yet but logistically speaking this should be suite 101.

New Love Coffee

Local coffee roaster New Love Coffee recently launched their first coffee shop in Liberty Lake's NoLL development. But they also have their sights set on Kendall Yards as a second location of the business as another New Love Coffee is planned for 1102 W. Summit Pkwy #102 .

What's next at Kendall Yards?

Construction will likely start as early as this Summer for a new office complex for Premera Blue Cross, who is planning to move from a site east of Downtown to a large new construction building on the south side of Summit Pkwy near the entrance to Kendall Yards. We are constantly keeping an eye out for more news on this project.

Also, developers have proposed a new apartment building at the corner of Broadway & Walnut in the West Central neighborhood. just a couple blocks outside of Kendall Yards proper. If built as it is currently presented the 4-story apartment building will offer 37 apartments, parking below the units and a possible name of Harrington Apartments. This project is only in the " pre-development conference " phase meaning it's not officially underway as of yet and could be shelved.

And, as always, stay tuned to this site as we intend to keep an eye on all new construction projects, not just in Kendall Yards but all of Spokane and Kootenai Counties.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Indoor golf simulator chain, X Golf, planning location near Spokane Valley Mall

 X Golf, is a California based chain of indoor golf simulator establishments that describes themselves as " The Home of Indoor Golf " with what they say is" the most innovative and accurate golf simulator experience in the world ". The company has been growing rapidly and now has over 60 locations around the US and Canada and soon they will be opening a new location in Spokane Valley.

X Golf Spokane Valley will be open around Sept. of this year at 15110 E. Indiana , in the former Carpet One store space, just east of the Spokane Valley Mall. Once open, guests can book tee times on one of seven simulators and play on courses from all over the world. Customers will also be able to take advantage of golf lessons, weekly leagues and golf tournaments.

Like other X Golf locations, the Spokane Valley location will have a full bar and food menu. For more information on X Golf visit the company website at, additionally another X Golf location is presently in development in Kennewick.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Avalon24 Real Estate to join new mixed used building coming to Liberty Lake's NoLL development

 Greenstone's new NoLL mixed use development in Liberty Lake is already home to a handful of local businesses, with a couple more currently under construction. And it's continuing to grow with another new building planned to be built soon directly at the corner of Harvard & Indiana.

The new building will be a two-story mixed-use structure with about 4800 SF of space. The ground floor will be occupied by the offices of Avalon24 Real Estate. The second-floor plans show that space will be used by six apartments with 2 studios, 2 one bed and 2 two bed floor plans. 

Signage at the site says the building is coming in Nov. 2022, although we're told by an Avalon24 rep. they are currently about 12-14 months out from completion as no construction as started as of my writing this. Shoesmith Cox Architects did the design work for the building and the general contractor isn't shown in the paperwork we obtained.

Avalon24 Real Estate also plans on hiring more agents locally and is presently operating out of temporary office at 23801 E. Appleway #230 on the other side of Liberty Lake. For more info on Avalon 24 Real Estate visit

And, for more info about the NoLL development visit

Friday, April 15, 2022

New Starbucks under construction at Barker & Appleway in Spokane Valley

 Yet another Starbucks in coming to Spokane Valley, this time in the Greenacres area of the Valley. Construction is already underway, with site work ongoing and a foundation being worked on right now for the new chain coffee house at 18707 E. Laberry Dr, just a bit south of the corner of Barker & Appleway. The new building is standalone and adjacent to the Greenacres Post Office.

The building permits for the project indicate it will be housed in a 2200 SF building, with construction being done by Spokane based Associated Construction, Inc. acting as the general contractor and Akron, OH based GPD Group listed as the project's architect. Starbucks corporate has not confirmed this will be a location of their chain with us, but their name is included on the permits filed with the City of Spokane Valley.

Other area Starbucks locations are located 2.6 miles east in Liberty Lake and 2.1 miles west inside the Fred Meyer store at Sprague & Sullvan. And, while I report all local business news as non-bias as I can, I do invite you to do your research on our areas many local coffee shops as well. 

Terrain Gallery is relocating to a cool new spot on N. Monroe

 Terrain is an awesome group within our community, the non-profit group says on their website they " build community through art and creativity ". While they do host many arts events each year, such as one of my personal favorites, Terrain Bazaar, held each Summer. They also have more permanent operations as well, like the From Here store located inside River Park Square to their own gallery that has spent the last few years in the Washington Cracker Building on the south side of Downtown Spokane.

But now Terrain is actively remodeling a new space on N. Monroe for a new home for the Terrain Gallery. The gallery will soon relocate to a 2400 SF space at 628 N. Monroe, nearby Kendall Yards and just north of Downtown Spokane. The space will be fully renovated, and they hope to open there in time May's First Friday events, less than a month away.

In the most recent edition of the Terrain e-newsletter they say, " The move allows for greater visibility and more autonomy not only for the gallery itself, but the artists we serve, and we cannot wait to share it with all of you ". Terrain will also be joined in the building by spaces for The Center for Children's Book Arts, Spokane Workers Cooperative, podcaster Spokast! and others.

For more information on Terrain, check them out at

Thursday, April 14, 2022

New vegan friendly restaurant opens in Downtown Spokane

 The owners of Nectar Wine and Beer, Nectar Catering and Events and Bark, A Rescue Pub have opened a new lunch spot in Downtown Spokane's historic 1889 Building (120 N. Stevens, corner of Main and Stevens).

That new restaurant is called Fete - A Nectar Co., the space is open Mon-Fri 11a-6p with a focus on vegan friendly options, flatbreads, paninis and pastas. " Our sous chef, having a vegan lifestyle inspired many of the vegan selections on the menu " says co-owner Josh Wade " he along with our Executive Chef Steven Swanson have created a unique and delicious lunch menu". Regional beers and a Washington only wine list is also offered.

Prior to the opening of Fete, the space was made available for events and private gatherings. The owners do plan to continue offering the venue available for gatherings of 20 to 120, with catering available. For more info on venue and the full menu of Fete - A Nectar Co., visit their website at

Monday, April 11, 2022

Spokane's newest urban living choice, Boxcar Apartments transitions from construction to leasing

 Over the last several months we've watched construction steadily push forward on Boxcar Apartments, a new modern looking seven story apartment building at 15 N. Grant, just off of E. Sprague. But now construction is wrapping up and pre-leasing of the project is underway. 

The complex houses 136 total units and finds itself in an ideal location, by the Spokane University District, just a short distance away from Downtown and with the up-and-coming Sprague Union District at its doorstep. The project was also noteworthy locally as it was one of a few projects recently developed by developers outside of the Inland Northwest, Boxcar was actually a project of Project^ a Portland based firm. Architectural work was done by TVA Architects, also of Portland and the general contractor was Bouten Construction, of Spokane.

(Courtesy photo- view of Downtown Spokane as taken from within the Boxcar)

The building offers studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with a "railway inspired exterior ". Community amenities include a fitness center, secured bike room and a spacious lobby. The ground floor plan also calls for the eventual addition of a cafe. Rental rates at the Boxcar Apartments are subject to change but are currently listed on as ranging from $1,487 - $2,322 a month. 

Boxcar Apartments' rentals are ideal for students, those working in the Downtown Spokane area and anyone really who is looking for a more urban style of living in the Lilac City. If you'd like more information on leasing an apartment at Boxcar Apartments find them online at, like them on Facebook at or follow them on Instagram at

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Groundbreaking kicks off start of construction for new Valley Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center clinic

 Last week involved parties gathered on a site across from the Tru by Hilton hotel in Spokane Valley for the groundbreaking of an exciting new medical office construction project.

Valley Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center is planning to relocate their clinic from an office building on Mission to this new standalone building which will be built soon off of Mirabeau Pkwy, in-between Pines and Evergreen in Spokane Valley. The new building will be a 14,050 Sq. foot single story structure.

The new building is currently scheduled to be complete in January of 2023. Baker Construction & Development is the general contractor with architectural design work done by Bernardo Wills Architects.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Morsel by Rind and Wheat opening on the Lower South Hill

 Chef Ricky Webster is a well-known person and rightfully so, from his win on Peacock TV's Snoop & Martha's Very Tasty Halloween and other competitions. To owning his own bakery, Rind and Wheat on W. Riverside in Browne's Addition. And now he's branching out his Rind and Wheat business with and all new location to be called Morsel by Rind and Wheat.

Morsel by Rind and Wheat held a soft opening at the end of last week, with the actual opening planned for April 19th. Morsel will be located in the former Fery's Catering building at 421 S. Cowley St, just south of Downtown Spokane. The place will be to go only, which they point out will be perfect for taking their items back to the nearby offices or a picnic in one of the neighborhood's beautiful parks. 

We reached out to Ricky about what's in store at Morsel, and we're told " Our goal is provide the community with flavorful eats in the form of baked goods, breads, pastries and our take on some brunch type eats.". Sandwiches, salads, croissants and more will be served, including their own house drip coffee from Roast House Coffee.

Following on the tradition of the building's last business, Morsel will also offer catering with info available by contacting them directly. For more info on this and all they offer visit or find Morsel on Instagram at or on Facebook at

Monday, April 4, 2022

Former Quality Inn near Downtown Spokane to be converted into The Olmsted Apartments

 The Quality Inn hotel at 104 E. 4th closed down several months ago following the sale of the property. The hotel was quickly blocked off with construction fencing but otherwise has been left closed and empty ever since. Speculation however pointed towards the eventual plan of converting the hotel property into apartments.

This past week that plan was more set-in stone as change of use permits, we're finally applied for with the City of Spokane to begin construction at the site and build out apartments. This doesn't provide us with a construction timeline or opening date, but it does reveal the plan to re-purpose the structure into 153 apartments, looking to be all studios with the project planning to add kitchenettes to the units. The permit indicates the project is valued at $3 million and will be built out by Cliff Thorn Construction of Richland as the general contractor.

Additionally, the permit mentions 2733 SF of business use space and 7025 SF of "assembly" space. It's not explained if this is being included for common areas / leasing / support offices for the new apartment complex or if some might be used as leasable commercial space as the Quality Inn formerly held lobby space and a bar / restaurant that would also likely be converted into something. We've attempted to reach out to the new owners on a couple of occasions and never received comment.

The project paperwork also shows the building will go by the name The Olmstead Apartments and is a project of Portland based Fortify Holdings, LLC., the same company that has been acquiring hotels around the Northwest in the past few months for similar projects. Even here in Spokane they are re-developing the former Downtown Days Inn on 3rd into The Imperial Apartments and the former Econo Lodge, west of Downtown on Rustle Ave. into The James Apartments. It's not an indication of what rental rates will be for The Olmsted but rent at both of Fortify's other local projects start in the $1,100 a month range.

Keep watching this site as we plan to keep an eye on this project, and of course all other construction around the Inland Northwest.

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Fat Cat of Spokane, a new development of condo garages and commercial space coming on the West Plains

Following on the success of the first Fat Cat Garages development in Kennewick, the same owners are now planning on constructing Fat Cat of Spokane, a similar project at 9014 W. Hilton Ave., just off of US 2 on the West Plains.

The Spokane Fat Cat project is set to begin construction within weeks and will offer 29 "condo garage" spaces. The condo garages will be a mixture of units to be sold and leased, exact number has yet to be determined and all will be temperature controlled with electricity and gated entry. Units will be offered in a variety of sizes from 919 SF up to 1751 SF and are perfect for Vehicle / RV / Boat storage.

The development will also include 7 commercial condos on the western side of the build site. These will be open to be leased by businesses for office, warehouse or light manufacturing space. They report that they have multiple deals in the works for businesses leasing these spaces but no officially set tenants as of yet.

For more info find Fat Cat Garages online at

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Gonzaga Family Haven opens with 73 new units of permanent affordable housing for chronically homeless families.

 Catholic Charities Eastern Washington, in partnership with Gonzaga University, Gonzaga Preparatory School, and St. Aloysius Parish will hold a grand opening today for their newest affordable, permanent supportive housing community, Gonzaga Family Haven. Located at the corner of E. Foothills Dr and N. Nevada the newly opened project provides housing for 73 families who are otherwise chronically homeless.

Gonzaga Family Haven will include on site wrap around services such as case management, connection with neighborhood medical resources, substance abuse counseling, Head Start & ECAP program afterschool tutor lab and academic support programs, personal health and wellness classes, adult education, employment readiness, food preparation and nutrition classes, scholarships to Gonzaga Prep / GU and more. 

Gonzaga Family Haven is the 17th tax credit property that Catholic Charities has been awarded and constructed since 2012. The site is also offer's easy access to public transportation, 1/4-mile bike and ped. trail, splash pad, community garden, dog park and reflection space. 

For more information on new Gonzaga Family Haven, visit

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Progress watch- Construction underway for a new Ace Hardware in Liberty Lake

Originally announced as part of The General Store's 75th Anniversary last Summer, actual construction recently kicked off for a new location of The General Store Ace Hardware in Liberty Lake. Site work is happening now, and crews are already getting started on the building's foundation. Yost Gallagher Construction is the general contractor and Russell C. Page Architects did the design work.

The new store is the third Ace Hardware franchise in the Spokane area to be locally owned by The General Store, another exists on N. Argonne in Spokane Valley, and a handful of other Ace stores are also located around the Inland Northwest. No opening date hasn't been set for the Liberty Lake location however, they are hoping for a late summer opening depending on the construction timeline.

The new store is being built on an approx. 2-acre vacant lot at 1425 N. Liberty Lake Rd, just north of the Yoke's shopping center and behind Indigo Urgent Care. Plans call for a 14,825 SF standalone store building with an attached garden center. Inside will be all the normal Ace Hardware departments.

For more info on The General Store, visit-

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Petco relocating to Northtown Square, freeing up existing building for new businesses.

 Big box pet supply retailer Petco is on the move. The company is now working on relocating their North Spokane store from its existing location in a stand-alone building at the corner of N. Division & Francis to a new to them space several blocks south.

Petco is already in process of renovating that new store space, which is located at the Northtown Square Shopping Center (4727 N. Division), across from Northtown Mall. The space was most recently used as an Ulta Beauty store before they also relocated to the Franklin Park Shopping Center, in the same general neighborhood. Petco doesn't have an announced opening date for the store at Northtown Square as of yet, or if anything new will included with the new store.

Petco's move however does open up a prime space in North Spokane for a new business or businesses. Renovations will also likely happen soon to the original Petco building a 6302 N. Division. That building has 12,000 square feet of space and can be divided multiple ways to allow for anywhere from a single tenant to lease the entire space to four tenants each with 1500-1600 SF each and the owner is open to other configurations. The space would include free parking and what is perhaps the best commercial corner in Spokane County with a traffic count of over 41,000 cruising by each day.

Possible examples of a renovated and divided facade at 6302 N. Division. Provided by Dave Black of NAI Black.

Multiple options are available for the former Petco space, which is currently leasing via NAI Black at a rate of $27.50 per SF/year (NNN). It'll be interesting to see the new Petco store and what becomes of this space. For more info on leasing, contact Dave Black of NAI Black at 509-622-3535 or or simply visit to see a pdf flyer on this and many other available properties.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Construction progressing for large, Affinity at Mirabeau, senior housing complex in Spokane Valley

Construction work is progressing quickly now for a large new 62 & over senior housing development, located off of Mirabeau Pkwy nearby Mirabeau Park, Center Place, the YMCA and Spokane Valley Mall. Given the location, the project is aptly named Affinity at Mirabeau and will feature 170 units with studio, 1- and 2-bedroom floor plans once complete, the project is currently on target for an opening in August. In fact, the developers have already begun pre-leasing units and have started taking appointments at a temporary leasing office nearby at 16114 E. Indiana Ave. Suite 105.

In addition to the residences, Affinity at Mirabeau will offer over 30,000 square feet of amenity space, including- Dilly Dally's Pub, Movie Theater, Fitness Center, Indoor saltwater pool & spa, library, workshop, craft room, billiards room, game room, cyber cafe, a dog spa and more. 

All rents at Affinity at Mirabeau are all inclusive meaning residents will only pay one payment to include rent, utilities, premium cable TV, Wi-Fi and more, making budgeting easy, an important feature for seniors on a fixed income.

The Affinity at Mirabeau project is also just one of many new construction projects popping up in this section of Spokane Valley. The proposed Spokane Valley Preforming Arts Center is shooting for a possible late summer groundbreaking in front of the Affinity project and by the Tru by Hilton hotel. Additionally, permits have been applied for to build a new 13,000 SF medical office building just a bit south of the project and a recent pre-development filing hints at a possible new mixed-use development off of E. Mansfield Ave. also nearby. Residents of this new project will likely find themselves surrounding with activities.

For more information on Affinity at Mirabeau, check out their website at-

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Avelo Airlines to launch flight from Spokane to Hollywood/Burbank


A new airline is coming to Spokane International Airport soon with an all new destination. Today it was announced that flights will begin soon with Avelo Airlines, a relatively new budget airline to connect Spokane one way with Los Angeles / Hollywood / Burbank International Airport.

Flights start May 25th and will be offered year round, with ticket prices starting at $69. Tickets are even on sale now at Avelo’s website

Monday, March 7, 2022

The Careshop Health & Wellness Co-Operative planned for the former 14 & Grand Salon space

A new collection of health and wellness related businesses will soon fill the space was last the 14 & Grand Salon at 1337 S. Grand in Spokane. The two story 8,600 SF building will house a new venture called The Careshop Health & Wellness Co-Operative. The co-op is a new business from Julie Blaakman, CEO of The Careshop which has already has a retail location on the campus of Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center selling Post surgery and other medical needs,etc. , in addition to scrubs and supplies for those working in the health care field. A second location of The Careshop's retail business is planned for the new co-op space.

They are currently taking applications for new practitioners, vendors and owners to fill the remaining spaces. The membership is open to a large group of those in the medical industry from message therapy or acupuncturist to Doula's to phycologist to whatever, if it's directly involved with health and wellness it's a perfect fit for membership at the The Careshop Health & Wellness Co-Operative.

Some retail vendor space is also available. The facility also includes 24/7 access, internet, free parking  and more all within and easy drive of Deaconess / Providence Sacred Heart and the entire medical district on the Lower South Hill. 

A look at all the space has to offer is located on their website at- , 19 memberships will be available and the co-op likely will open in April.

Sunday, March 6, 2022

New buildings rise at 4th & Appleway in Coeur d' Alene

 Just off of the I-90 freeway, the corner of 4th and Appleway is one of the busiest intersections in the City of Coeur d' Alene. And the few remaining vacant spaces in this neighborhood are quickly being filled by new buildings.

Located at 2605 N. Fourth, by the Verizon store is a new strip mall nicknamed the Lucille Building.  Although the building is a new construction, it is opening fully leased. Among the opening tenants are-

Stylus Wine & Vinyl Bar

Refined Salon

Align Yoga Studio

Heirloom (Custom bridal shop)

Northwest Construction Management

Two new buildings, both 3200 SF are under construction just to the west of the 4th and Appleway intersection., next to the Surf Shack burger restaurant. One of the two buildings we're told will be occupied by a wellness bar, that we presume will be a location of North Idaho Wellness Bar and are working to confirm this info.

Leasing info for this and other commercial developments around Coeur d' Alene is available via Northwest Realty Group, info in the photo.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

New restaurant, Chowderhead heading to N. Monroe

 A uniquely named restaurant is coming to a space on N. Monroe, just north of Downtown Spokane. Chef Travis Tveit who formerly spent some time as the head chef at Iron Goat Brewing has decided to launch is his own restaurant here, called Chowderhead.

Staff photo- The new location of Chowderhead and N. Monroe & Mallon, unfortunately partially blocked by some unrelated utility construction. Don't they know there is blog writer trying to get a good photo?!?

Chowderhead will take the place of Ruins at 825 N. Monroe, corner of Monroe and Mallon. The menu at Chowderhead will highlight soups and sandwiches, and yes of course there will be chowder, multiple kinds it looks like. The menu is presently being perfected with an opening day not yet announced but planned to be within the next few weeks.

Beers are also planned to be available. To keep an eye on their progress, check them out of social media- or

New restaurant, Yummy Crab, coming soon nearby Gonzaga

A banner sign is now up indicating a new Crab forward restaurant coming soon to the former Burger King building at 1723 N. Division, near Gonzaga and a bit north of Downtown Spokane. The new restaurant is called Yummy Crab and will lease the entire 4007 SF structure with Steven Barbieri and Ryan Oberg of Goodale & Barbieri being reported to us as handling the lease for the new restaurant.

Yummy Crab is a relatively small North Carolina based restaurant chain; this will be the first location for the company in Washington state. We reached out with questions, but they declined to comment this early in the process to us. Although they do tell the Spokesman Review, that they hope to open in about three months after renovating the former fast food restaurant.

Yummy Crab restaurants are primarily known for seafood boils, but their menu also includes a selection of fried seafood. Beer and wine are also planned to be included as per the newspapers write up.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Chipotle anchored strip mall planned near North 40 Outfitters in Airway Heights.

 Chipotle Mexican Grill is coming to Airway Heights, marking the quick service restaurant chain's fourth location in the Spokane Metro area. The new restaurant will be part of a small strip mall with 5325 SF of total space and what looks to be space for two more tenants. Those tenants are not mentioned just yet however.

The building will be at 9926 W US 2, directly on the northeast side of the US 2 and Deer Heights Rd. round about in front of the new North 40 Outfitters store. The building technically falls within the City of Spokane, but on the edge of Airway Heights. The project is being developed by MAJ Development Corporation of Vancouver, WA, who has developed several other similar projects around the Northwest. Architecture work is being done by Tiland Schmidt Architects,PC of Portland. 

The developers are seeking to start construction in the early fall of this year with completion set for the first quarter of 2023. The Chipotle Mexican Grill's space will include indoor dining and a drive-up window to support Chipotle's mobile app pickup. 

Another building from another developer is also planned to the east of this project, which we hope to have more info on in the near future. 

Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Flight 509 Adventure Park planned in Spokane Valley

 Watch for Flight 509 coming to Spokane Valley and likely opening late this year, somewhat depending on construction and supply times. 

Flight 509 will be a locally owned and operated family fun park, that will be newly constructed at 10502 E. Montgomery, in-between Pines and Argonne. The center is planned to offer mini-bowling, ballocity, Omniarena VR , Ninja warrior & ropes course, laser tag and bumper cars. An allergy friendly cafe is also planned.

According to permit data with the City of Spokane Valley the Flight 509 facility is to be a 11,875 SF addition to an existing building at the site, valued at approx. $3 Million. Design work for the project was done locally by Mercier Architecture & Planning, engineering by DCI Engineers and no contractor listed.

Keep track of Flight 509's process via their social media pages- or

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

We've updated our restaurants coming soon page!

 Did you know that Inland Northwest Business Watch has a page dedicated to new restaurants coming soon to the Spokane area? It's not always the most up to date as I try to do the regular site posts first, but I finally got some new restaurants added today- here's what's been newly added-

Also, keep in mind the full list is always there at 



Described as a contemporary social club & French inspired restaurant, the establishment will be located in the basement level of the Papillion Building at 908 N. Howard. 

Kasa Restaurant & Taphouse


Located above the Loren in the Papillion Building at 908 N. Howard. I'm told Kasa will be a fast casual tap house serving fusion comfort bar food.

Uno Mas Taco Shop

Status-Under Construction

Chef Chad White's latest venture is a hip new taco shop on the south side of Spokane Valley. Uno Mas is set to open in March at 11205 E. Dishman-Mica Rd, which was previously a Hello Sugar doughnut shop.

Betty Jean's BBQ

Status- Under Construction

Betty Jean's is an established BBQ restaurant that has been located on base at Fairchild AFB. The restuant is now working on an off-base establishment on the South Hill. With a menu of authentic Carolina BBQ dishes, they will open soon at 2926 E. 29th.

Northern Quest's new restaurants

Status- Under Construction

Northern Quest Casino & Resort has removed their buffet and are actively renovating the large area into 2 new places. One a Asian Fusion restaurant, a new night club and a quick service pizza place. We don't have names of the places just yet.

Boiada Brazilian Restaurant

Status- Under Construction

Opening in the former Maracas Mexican Restaurant space at 245 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., across from the Spokane Convention Center. Maracas remains open on the South Hill and Boiada comes to Spokane as a second location from the Tri-Cities.

Zeeks Pizza

Status- Now Open! (Feb. 9th)

Zeeks is a chain from Seattle that is opening a new pizza place nearby Gonzaga at 1414 N. Hamiliton.

New Love Coffee

Status- Under Construction

Opening on Valentine's Day at 21802 E. Indiana in Liberty Lake's NoLL development. New Love Coffee will roast their own beans and have a menu of coffee and some pastries,etc.

The New 63 Social House & Eatery

Status- Under Construction

Opening at 520 W. Main in Downtown Spokane (the former home of Rocky Rocco's). The New 63 will be an all-ages establishment, full bar that will have a menu of Asian inspired meals like rice bowls, noodle bowls ,etc. Like the owners' other restaurants, pizza and pastas will also be included on the menu.

June & Co.

Status- Under Construction

Described as a fancy dive bar serving beer, wine and liquor in a small but nice space. They also will have snacks from their sister restaurant Gander & Ryegrass.  June & Co will be in Downtown Spokane at 215 W. Main.

Mac Daddy's

Status-Under Construction

A Mac & Cheese driven restaurant with a full bar will open in the former Rock City Grill space on the ground floor of River Park Square in Downtown Spokane. They also have a quick service restaurant in the food court at RPS.


Status- Under Construction

A quick service burger place is going into the space that was last Wolfy's , along Hamiliton nearby Gonzaga. Frugals is a small chain that started in Port Angeles,WA 


Status- Planned

Chef Travis Tveit is planning to open a new restaurant concept called Chowderhead in the former Ruins space on N. Monroe, just north of Downtown Spokane. Still working on getting the details but the business's new Facebook page says they'll have " soups and sandwiches and stuff ". We're going to go out on a limb and guess they'll probably also have Chowder.

Fete - A Nectar Co.

Status- Under Construction

Located in the historic 1889 Building at Main & Washington in Downtown Spokane is Fete. Nectar has owned the space for some time, using it solely as a event space recently. However, with the new Fete branding they intend to be open for lunch service soon with beer, wine and a focus on Vegan friendly options

Billie's Diner opening soon in Airway Heights

Recently the Lai Lai Garden Chinese Restaurant at 13008 W. Sunset Hwy in Airway Heights closed their doors after 27 years of operation. But the eatery's building will be serving up food once more very soon, with a different name, different owner and different fare this time.

The space will open in the spring as Billie's Diner, a locally owned and operated " farmer first " diner serving American favorites. The restaurant will be a breakfast and lunch place, open 6a-2p Tues-Sun. Additionally they also plan to host some classes in partnership with local farmers and evening pop-ups with guest chefs. 

For more on Billie's Diner, check out their website at or on follow them on Instagram at