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Tuesday, June 27, 2023

The new restaurant page update is complete!

 Several of you have asked for it, so today I finally updated the New Restaurants in Spokane page. I sincerely apologize for letting it fall behind and still feel like I missed a place or two, so feel free to reach out and let me know.

I'm posting below what was added to make these places easier to find. I cleaned up the older now open places off of the page but kept the ones that appear to still be coming, so if you'd like to see the whole list check out

But, here's what's new-


Status- Under Construction

Location- 10220 N. Newport Hwy in North Spokane

Chain hot dog restaurant continues slowly to prepare a franchise location on Newport Hwy out front of Safeway. They have been hit with many delays but are still coming.

TT's Old Iron Brewery & BBQ

Status- Under Construction

Location- 1950 N Harvest Pkwy in Liberty Lake

Popular brewery / BBQ restaurant from Chef Chad White is planning a second location in the former Hello Sugar storefront in Liberty Lake .

Dutch Bros Spokane Valley

Status- Under Construction

Location- 1204 N. Barker and the corner of Sullivan & Broadway 

Chain coffee stand Dutch Bros is planning to add 2 more locations to Spokane Valley.


Status- Under Construction

Location-14017 N Newport Hwy and 4416 S Regal 

Locally based chain of cheesesteaks and subs is planning two more locations. One under construction in North Spokane / Mead and another planned to be coming on the South Hill.

Taqueria El Rinconsito 

Status- Under construction

Location- 11519 E. Sprague in Spokane Valley

Western Washington based chain of Mexican restaurants that's planning to remodel the former Amy's Donuts building and open a new restaurant there.

Birdie's Pie Shop

Status- Under Construction

Location- 715 N. Monroe, by Kendall Yards

Popular Post Falls Based pie shop is planning a new location on Monroe by Kendall Yards.

Insomnia Cookies

Status- Under Construction

Location- Cataldo & Division, just north of Downtown Spokane

Chain cookie shop known for late night hours and delivery is planning a new location by BECU here.

Humble Abode Brewing

Status- Under Construction

Location- 926 W Sprague in Downtown Spokane

Established brewery Humble Abode Brewing is planning a new Downtown tap room on the ground floor of the Chronicle Building.

Good Dilla

Status- Under Construction

Location- 808 W. Main in River Park Square's food court

Quesidilla food truck Good 'Dilla is planning a more permanent location soon in the River Park Square food court.

Indaba Coffee

Status- Under Construction

Location- 2020 N. Monroe

Local coffee shop / roaster Indaba is planning a new HQ / production facility with coffee shop in the new Millenium Monroe development on N. Monroe.

Ballard Pizza 

Status- Planned

Location- 2020 N. Monroe

Western Washington based pizza business Ballard Pizza will also be joining the Millenium Monroe development.

The Milkshake Parlor

Status- Under Construction

Location-9021 N. Indian Trail Rd

Planned as a unique milkshake business coming soon to the Indian Trail neighborhood.

Crave Cookies

Status- Under Construction

Location- 513 E. Hastings Rd

Franchise of the Crave Cookies chain is planned to go in next door to Optic One Eye Care here.

Brickwest Brewing

Status- Planned

Location- 1624 S. Spotted Rd and 4301 E. Day - Mt. Spokane Rd

Brickwest Brewing which is one of the larger breweries in Downtown Spokane is planning to expand. Currently they're planning a production facilty with tap room at 1624 S. Spotted Rd near Spokane International Airport. A tap room that we're told will also include some sort of market will also be coming on Day-Mt. Spokane Rd in North Spokane.

India House

Status- Under Construction

Location- 4410 S. Regal 

With locations in Post Falls and Wenatchee, India House Resturant is planning a new location on the South Hill at 4410 S. Regal.

Boba Cafe

Status- Under Construction

Location- 12924 W. Sunset Hwy Suite 1 in Airway Heights

New local purveyor or boba, milk teas, coffee and smoothies planned to be coming soon in Airway Heights.

Bangkok Thai

Status- Under Construction

Location- 1310 Whitman Ln in Liberty Lake

Bangkok Thai, a chain of Thai restaurants is planned to be the tenant of a new building now under construction at County Vista Dr. & Whitman Ln by Home Depot in Liberty Lake.

Hot Pot & Pho

Status- Under Construction

Location- 11100 E. Sprague in Spokane Valley, former Peking Palace

The name implys this will be a new hot pot & pho restaurant coming soon. Working on getting details but work is underway and signs are up.

Rex & Relax

Status- Planned

Location- 1711 N. Division, north of Downtown Spokane

Seems a bit delayed but planned to be a indoor dog park with beer, wine and snacks.

Lion's Lair / Icon Nightclub

Status- Under Construction

Location- 230 W. Boone, near Spokane Arena

Moving from Downtown Spokane to this stand alone building a few blocks east of the Spokane Arena.

Cafe Coco

Status- Under Construction

Location- 24 W. Main in Downtown Spokane

New coffee shop from a well-known local restaurant owner.

Boots Bakery

Status- Planned

Location- 19 W. Main in Downtown Spokane

Vegan bakery that was formerly in 24 W. Main and plans now to move to the Saranac Commons building soon at 19 W. Main. , unsure of when however.

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Sunday, June 25, 2023

The many construction projects underway in Liberty Lake (project update)

 Today I found myself out and about, yet still trying desperately to avoid the crowds of Hoopfest and Ironman. So, I figured I'd take a drive around Liberty Lake and check up on some of the many construction projects currently in development in the city. I figured it would go well in a bit of a project update post on here. Now clearly, I didn't get to every project, but I think this is a good sample of the present happenings...

New Bangkok Thai / commercial development at Country Vista Dr and Whitman Ln.

A few months ago the first phase of this new commercial development opened with two new buildings. Today that section is home to Palenque Mexican Restaurant, Children's Choice Dental and Reese Boutique. 

Recently however construction commenced on the second phase, adding two more buildings. Both being constructed with Silvey Construction acting as the general contractor these structures appear to now be up to shell form and still progressing. 

The first building at 1312 N Whitman Ln is a 3900 SF stand-alone building that will become a new location of Bangkok Thai. Immediately to the east of that building is a new 4700 SF strip mall style structure at 1310 N. Whitman Ln. . According to permit data on file with the City of Liberty Lake this structure will be home to a location of the golf instruction chain, Golftec. Another business just called "salon tenant" also recently applied for a tenant improvement project in this building but as it was applied for only 4 days ago little is known about it.

Les Schwab Tire Center

Site work is well underway and foundation work also appears to have commenced for the new Liberty Lake location of Les Schwab Tire Centers. Rising off along Appleway, across from Taco Bell and adjacent to the parking lot of the Liberty Lake Business Center complex. This new tire shop will be a slightly over 9500 SF building and is to feature six work bays, support areas and tire storage.

B & E Electric

Looking largely complete is the new structure at 2211 N. Madson, a bit south of Appleway. The 19,840 SF industrial building is planned to be the home of B & E Electric an industrial electrical contracting company.

What I didn't get to today, or didn't take a picture of yet is still planned to be coming to Liberty Lake-

Hormann Spokane Sales Center is planned to be built at 2526 N Fairway Ln and will be a 36,356 SF warehouse and offices for the residential and commercial garage door company.

"Market B Marine" I suspect they are using a false name for this but plans are still underway regardless for a new 69,000 SF marine sales & service facility at 24901 E. Appleway, in-between Appleway and I-90.

Northwest Trends flooring manufacturer and sales company Northwest Trends is planning a 44,127 SF facility at 25191 E. Appleway, next door to Cannabis & Glass. Site work has commenced for the new facility which according to permits includes 7,844 SF of offices/sales space and 30,149 SF of manufacturing space.

"Knox Lane III" Construction continues for Rudeen Development's complex of small warehouses on the site near the corner of Eagle/Knox and Appleway. Several businesses are already here and it looks like a couple more warehouse style buildings are presently under construction. A company called Crane Tech also recently applied for tenant improvement here.

Idaho Central Credit Union Some construction looks to have started for the new Liberty Lake branch of Idaho Central Credit Union. Plans call for a new 9,000 SF stand-alone branch with an attached drive thru at 21398 E. Country Vista Dr.


NoLL a new mixed use development near the corner of Harvard Rd & Indiana on the north side of Liberty Lake. Not much has moved forward lately here but things are very much still coming. New apartments are nearing completion along Indiana to the west of the already completed commercial welcome center building.

A little, albeit little work has happened on the two new commercial buildings on the north side of the site along the newly created Wildrye Drive. Three new restaurants are planned for those buildings but as the progress has been slow lately, we won't mention them publicly right now and will do a post for them when the timing is right.

We're also hearing Greenstone does have a couple more mixed-use buildings currently in for design here. And, TT's Old Iron Brewery & BBQ recently announced they will open a new restaurant in the Greenstone developed building across from Orchard Park and not far to the west of NoLL proper.

Apartments, Apartments, Apartments Like everywhere else in the Inland Northwest right now, new multi-family developments are under construction or in the works in large numbers. And there are a few in the pipeline for Liberty Lake proper. Including-

Courtyard East Apartments a collection of 90 new apartments from developer Greenstone Homes that is along the south side of Indiana in-between the aforementioned NoLL development and the River District subdivision. These apartments are under construction with leasing starting soon.

"4th Avenue Liberty Lake Apartments" a new 240 unit apartment complex planned at 24085 E. Mission Ave. on vacant land just east of the Meadowwood Technology Campus. Unsure of name or construction timeline.

Jake Townhomes site- Planned by multi-family developer Jake Townhomes is a 511 unit (at full build out) apartment complex. The site is just south of Country Vista Dr. and east of the Legacy Ridge development gate. Unsure of name or construction timeline.

Neighborly Ventures site- Planned by Salem,OR based developer Neighborly Ventures is a 288 unit apartment complex, serviced by a new street called Stanley Way and near the intersection of Country Vista Dr and Kramer Pkwy. Unsure of name or construction timeline.

Friday, June 23, 2023

Dutch Bros. Coffee planning two new locations in Spokane Valley

 Dutch Bros is increasing its presence in Spokane Valley with permit data showing two new locations on that are coming to the area in the near future. 

Staff photo of the Dutch Bros. construction site on Barker Rd in Spokane Valley

The first has already had some site work already happening at 1204 N. Barker, across from Hico Mart/Wendy's . That site is just north of I-90 and they plan to construct a new 1500 SF drive thru coffee stand at a cost of $260,000, no contractor or opening date is included however.

Permits we're have also been applied for to construct another Dutch Bros. Coffee stand at 807 N. Sullivan Rd. This would be on the vacant lot south of McDonald's on NW side of the Sullivan & Broadway intersection. Plans call for a 960 SF coffee stand to be built there with a cost of $80,000 and Yost, Gallagher Construction listed as the general contractor. No opening date or construction start date is known on this location however.

The lot at Sullivan & Broadway will also be joined by a new construction 1320 SF Take 5 Oil Change location which has also applied for building permits and those are currently pending. Yost, Gallagher Construction is listed as the general contractor on that project as well.

Bruchi's adding two new locations in Spokane

 Bruchi's, the locally based chain of quick service cheesesteak and burger restaurants is continuing to grow. The company recently opened a new stand-alone location at 980 N. Hwy 41 in Post Falls which is their 19th restaurant, adding to existing locations in Washington, Idaho and California.

Two more are also presently in development in the Spokane area. Construction is nearing completion for another new location at 14017 N. Newport Hwy in Mead, this new restaurant is being built with Yost Gallagher Construction acting as the general contractor and is currently planned to open in August. The new Mead Bruchi's will be similar to the new Post Falls location with 2400 SF of total space including indoor dining and a drive thru lane.

The company is also in the process of opening a new South Hill location with construction on that site to begin soon. Permits have been filed for a new Bruchi's at 4416 S. Regal by the same shopping center as Ace Hardware and Rite Aid. This new location will be a bit different however as they plan only a 1145 SF building allowing for walk up and drive thru only, with no indoor dining.

We reached out to Bruchi's to see about the opening date for the new location on Regal and if more area locations are planned but never received a response. Bruchi's was originally founded in North Spokane in 1990 as Bruchi's Subs and Sandwiches, the company's website also includes a section on franchising implying possible future growth.

For more information on Bruchi's a look at the menu and online ordering visit their website at

Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Indigo Urgent Care expands to Idaho with new clinic now open in Coeur d' Alene

 Indigo Urgent Care, in partnership with Kootenai Health and Multicare has opened a new Indigo Urgent Care location in Coeur d' Alene, The clinic officially opened to the public yesterday Mon., June 12th at 2836 N. Ramsey Rd. within the same development as Winco Foods, Mod Pizza and Starbucks. This is the first Indigo location in Idaho, although the brand operates over 40 locations in Washington including 7 clinics in the Spokane area.

Indigo says they are known for providing an urgent care experience the combines concierge level service with comprehensive care for minor illnesses and injuries. In addition to high quality care and convenient access, Indigo also offers easy online appointment scheduling and registration, walk in visits and care available every day of the year from 8a-8p. Amenities also include complimentary snacks and beverages, on-site lab and digital x-ray services, virtual video visits and hybrid care options.

Indigo accepts most insurance plans and offers a cash pay option for those without insurance coverage. The 6000+ square foot clinic is aimed at expanding access to quality healthcare services for residents across northern Idaho. " We are thrilled to introduce Indigo to Coeur d' Alene and partner with the world class medical team at Kootenai Health " says Indigo's President Ryan Fix. " We've heard great feedback from Idaho residents visiting our Spokane clinics, and look forward to providing care that's as consistent as your favorite coffee shop, easy as online shopping, and as refreshing as a day at the lake ".

To schedule an appointment or learn more about the new Indigo Urgent Care in Coeur d' Alene, visit 

Monday, June 12, 2023

Coeur Climbing Co. brings climbing pioneer Alan Watts to Post Falls for July 9th grand opening event

 Coeur Climbing Company has announced that climbing pioneer Alan Watts will be the featured speaker at the new climbing gym's grand opening event on July 9th, in collaboration with Post Falls Chamber of Commerce. Watts is widely regarded as the founding father of Smith Rock in Oregon , an iconic climbing destination, additionally he played a key role in the development of sport climbing in America and around the world.

"Alan's long career has had a profound impact on the climbing world" says Daniel Shaw, co-founder of Coeur Climbing Co. "We're honored to have him join us as part of our grand opening". Post Falls Chamber of Commerce has partnered with bring Watts to Post Falls "Climbing is a big part of what makes Post Falls special," says Christina Petit, CEO of the Post Falls Chamber.

Courtesy photo- rendering of a section of the planned climbing walls.

The Grand Opening event is scheduled for July 9th, from 1-5pm at the gym's location in Post Falls. Watts will give a presentation and also be available for photos, autographs and connecting with attendees. Coeur Climbing Co. is a new full service indoor climbing gym located at 764 S. Clearwater Loop #101 in Post Falls. The gym offers 6000 SF of climbing surfaces, including 24' rope walls, 15' bouldering walls, training board, a kids area - plus, a comprehensive fitness area, retail climbing gear, snacks and drinks. Once open members will be able to take advantage of unlimited access to rope climbing, bouldering, and fitness equipment, as well as free yoga classes, local partner perks, and more. Daily and 10-punch passes will also be available.

For more information on Coeur Climbing Co. , visit their website at or via Facebook and Instagram

Sunday, June 11, 2023

Spokane Humane Society's 20th Annual Parade of Paws coming on the 17th

 Spokane Humane Society's 20th annual Parade of Paws, a fun and family friendly community event aimed at raising funds to support animals in need will take place on Saturday, June 17th. The event is to take place at the Humane Society at 6607 N. Havana, and will feature a 2–4 mile pledge walk, music, photo bus experience with Eternal Sunshine Photobus , vegan coffee stand by Enchanted Espresso, sweet treats from Ben & Jerry's, pastries from Main Market Co-op, Bouncy house fun, a vendor fair, SPD K-9, District 9's fire engine, best-dressed metals, and awards ceremony to celebrate indviduals and teams who compete to raise the most.

Participants can register as individuals or form teams and virtually fundraise to then walk with friends, family, and coworkers on event day. The $25 registration fee gets a participant an event t-shirt and swag bag from the event sponsors. Registrants are also invited to join in on a Parade of Paws Kickoff Party at Bark, a rescue pub on Wed. 6/14 from 5-8p.

Funds raised from the Parade of Paws will go directly to help cover the costs to care and provide for cats and dogs in need of shelter, food, enrichment, spays/neuters, vaccinations and medical attention until successfully rehomed. 

For more information about Parade of Paws check

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

North 40 Outfitters planning expansion of Trent Ave. store

CSWW,Inc. parent company of North 40 Outfitters is actively in the process of remodeling and expanding their long-standing store at 8307 E. Trent Ave. in Spokane Valley / Millwood. Store construction kicked off in early May with Young Construction acting as the general contractor and H2a Architects performing the architectural design work according to permit data.

Courtesy photo- Current storefront and interior of the store that will soon be expanded.

North 40 plans to add an additional 20,000 square feet to the retail floor with a large emphasis in space going towards clothing, footwear, outdoor power center equipment, a new garden center, broader selection of outdoor recreation, new spin fishing set, new selection of marine accessories and a more complete selection of food and gifts. The front of the building will also be renovated as it expands eastward giving the store more outside retail space on the front walks in addition to expansion of space inside the store.

Courtesy photo- former store manager, Tony Wilson helping a customer select tools for a project.

The Trent Ave. North 40 opened in August 2000 and houses a lineup of solutions for farm, ranch and outdoor needs and it currently employs over 60 people. North 40 Outfitters is a family owned and operated business headquartered in Great Falls,MT. and has 12 store locations in a three-state area.

The company also was recently announced to be an anchor tenant of a new commercial development in North Spokane /Mead,WA at the intersection of Newport Hwy. & Mt. Spokane Park Dr. . That new store is planned to begin construction early next year with a new 90,000 SF building that will replace an older smaller store that already exists nearby in Mead.

For more information on North 40, visit their website at or on most social media sites @north40outfitters .

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Yummy Crab Seafood planning Coeur d' Alene location

Quick service seafood restaurant, Yummy Crab is planning to add another location in the Inland Northwest. This time in Coeur d' Alene as the business recently leased the former Golden Corral building at 3458 N. Fruitland Ln., just off of US 95.

We inquired and we're told they hope to open this location around January of 2024. This will be in addition to their first area location that opened at the beginning of this year in a former Burger King building at 1723 N. Division in Spokane. Although the locations here are franchised, it is connected with a small chain of seafood restaurants based in North Carolina.

Yummy Crab is considered a Cajun inspired seafood boil restaurant. In addition to crab the restaurant also offers a significant selection of fried seafood options as well. Online ordering is available in Spokane, as is delivery via Doordash / Uber Eats which we can assume will also be made available when the Coeur d' Alene location opens this winter.

As of writing this the Coeur d' Alene Yummy Crab doesn't have any online presence yet but for more information about their already open location in Spokane, check