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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

Monday, February 7, 2022

New coffee shop, restaurants and more start opening at the new NoLL development in Liberty Lake

For the past few months, we've been watching construction start on a series of new commercial buildings on the North side of Liberty Lake, adjacent to Greenstone's River District subdivision. And now that those new buildings are nearing completion, Greenstone has formerly announced that the project is the beginning a new mixed-use development that will go by the name NoLL , which is an abbreviation for North Liberty Lake.

NoLL is intended to be a similar project to Greenstone's popular Kendall Yards development nearby Downtown Spokane. NoLL will be a pedestrian friendly complex filled with locally run stores, offices, restaurants, etc. Apartments will also be included in the future of the project with rental units on the upper floors of some mixed-use buildings and exclusively residential buildings planned for the future.

When complete NoLL will include 10-15 buildings, 100 +/- apartments and an estimated 70,000 square feet of retail and office space as reports our colleagues at the Spokane Journal of Business.  And the new NoLL development is already coming together with a couple of business actually already open, and more coming in the very near future. Here's what to expect already in the exciting new development-

Above- Originally referred to as the River District Welcome Center on the building permits, this new building at 21802 E. Indiana (by the corner of E. Indiana and N. Harvard Rd.) contains the following new businesses:

Spokane Business Attorneys, which is a law office that leases space on the buildings second floor. They relocated from another site and are already open here.

Maverick's Men's Hair, a small local chain of men's barbershops which leases the furthest east space on the ground floor. They are now open here as well.

Lake Lashes, providing lash supplies and training Lake Lashes will open next door to Maverick's suite.

Greenstone Design Center / Leasing, Greenstone will have space in the middle of the building to provide office space for leasing and a design center to pick out the more customizable features of new homes sold by Greenstone. 

New Love Coffee, next door to Greenstone's space will be a new coffee shop called New Love Coffee that is working hard towards a opening on Valentine's Day. New Love will roast their own coffee, offer a selection of pastries and the like and indoor dining space, including some on the second floor above the main shop.

3 Ninjas, at the western end of the building will be a new location of 3 Ninjas, which originally started as a food truck and in recent years has been known for their small restaurant in Kendall Yards. The Liberty Lake 3 Ninjas will be a second location for quick service restaurant business. (note- I didn't quite get their space included in the photo above, it's back a bit from the roadway and is there)

Above- A building currently still under construction behind the main building is to house a new dentist's office.

Above- A bit north of the main building at 21850 E. Wellington is another new building that will soon become the home Emry's Fermentations. The new business is a unique combination of both brewery and meadery, producing both beers and Mead. Emry's will also be a restaurant serving " European Peasant fare with modern techniques and local ingredients. 

Above- there is even more in store at NoLL. Even though this picture transferred in a poor quality. It shows the foundations of one and possibly two new buildings already starting construction next door to the Emry's Fermentations build site. Rumor has it a winery will be here but want those involved announce / confirm.

Above- Technically not part of the NoLL development but still developed by Greenstone is this " neighborhood commercial " building along E. Indiana , by Orchard Park in Liberty Lake and within walking distance of the NoLL development.

Sweet Annie's Artisan Creamery and Hello Sugar had already opened here but an addition to the building is wrapping up and includes two new commercial tenants. They are-

Liberty Lake Children's Academy which has a second location here and...

Versalia Pizza who also has a location operating in Kendall Yards and recently opened their new second location here recently.

What do you want to see come to the new NoLL development? Will you want to spend your dollars at such a place? We plan to keep a close eye on this development and honestly, we expect some very exciting new places to open here in the future.

NoLL's website not fully set up but will be at , there is also already a Facebook and an Instagram page set up under the NoLL name, just do a search to find them and follow along with their progress. And, as always keep checking back to this site.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Renovations and new tenants coming to N. Monroe building

 A well-known building on N. Monroe St. has a new owner and new businesses are coming. SVN Cornerstone broker Guy D. Byrd represented the seller in the recent sale of 1401 N. Monroe, formerly used by Empire Office Furniture and Kelley Imaging. Shannon Tenney and Justin Folkins of Rencorp Realty represented the buyers in said transaction.

Empire Office Furniture has used the building since their businesses opening in 1993, but owners Bob and Michelle Tweedy decided to retire and close the business at the end of 2021. Also, Kelley Imaging recently relocated their operations to a new site in Post Falls.

Included in the sale was also a building at 1014 W. Sinto, which will continue to be used as a vacation rental. The main building is to receive renovations and will be used in part by the new owner's businesses, Scanned Media Creative Marketing, Spokane Salad Delivery, LLC and BooKoo Chef, which is a new start-up that the owners told our friends over at the Spokane Journal of Business will be a platform to connect clients to private chefs. With the new food service tenants, a commercial kitchen will need to be added to the building during the renovations.

The building offers about 14,000 square feet of space in total, Scanned Media and their sister business will occupy most of it. However, after renovations are complete, two new spaces will come available for lease by other businesses. One being 2,500 SF and a 4,000 SF space facing Sinto but very visible from traffic heading northbound on N. Monroe.

The new businesses are to move into the building by March or April, according to write up mentioned in the Spokesman-Review. The companies are moving to the N. Monroe site from leased space within a office building at 400 S. Jefferson. Scanned Media provides branding, photography, web design and marketing. For more info on their company, visit their website at-