A chilly wind showed up to knock around the balloons set out for the Fountain Cafe’s opening day in Riverfront Park. But the sun also made an appearance, as if reminding us that there’s plenty of summer ahead for lunches and after-work drinks in the park.
Construction began last fall for the cafe, which has all-outdoor patio seating right next to the Rotary Fountain. Earlier this year we wrote about the plans and extensive menu, which includes salads and healthy wraps along with traditional concession stand favorites like chili dogs and ice cream.
Take note of the beverage list, too — there’s wine and beer, including No-Li on tap.
Local smokers: we suggest you light up no closer than 25 feet from business doors — or else you might find yourself slapped with a $50 ticket. (SR)
One Spokane neighborhood has gone from safe to super-sketchy since 2013 began. (KREM)
An Airway Heights Corrections Center counselor is in hot water after engaging in sexual activity with an inmate. (KXLY)
Jason Collins, an NBA player, comes out of the closet. He is the first active player in major US sports to do so. (SR)
Investigators find female DNA on Boston bombs. (LA Times)
Pot activists in Idaho see their kids taken away to foster care?! (SR)
A homemade lightsaber scares the crap out of Seattle cops. (KHQ)
WE FEEL YOUR PAIN, GUYS
If you don’t already want a beer after work, this will change your mind. A couple of weeks ago — it was actually the day No-Li got federal approval for “Spokane Style” beer — The Inlander stopped by the brewhouse on Trent Avenue to talk with No-Li Brewmaster and Owner Mark Irvin.
That lucky beer-holding hand to the right of the frame during the interview belongs to Arts & Culture Editor Mike Bookey, who also wrote this companion feature about No-Li for this week’s beer issue. Videographer Nathan Brand filmed and edited these videos from their visit.
First, here’s a short feature on how the brewery got started and how it’s grown. “Nothing makes you happier than watching somebody you don’t know walk up to the bar and order a pint of your beer,” Irvin says.
And here, for the beer nerds, Irvin tastes and describes five of No-Li’s flagship beers. This is what you should memorize for the next time someone from out of town sees a No-Li tap handle and asks you about it. (Or you can just tell them to try it and see.)
South Hillies who were initially skeptical about the relocation of Jefferson Elementary actually think it's kinda cool now. (SR)
The most high-brow crime to ever hit Spokane: yes, folks, we've got an fine art criminal on our hands! (KXLY)
Super glue: a crook's best friend? What'll they think of next? (KXLY)
We advise you against wearing a short skirt today. (SR)
A Washington judge makes stoners statewide giddy when he demands that cops return weed that was taken from a man during a traffic stop. (KXLY)
Tebow! Out! (NYT)
Apparently we missed what earned last night's Mad Men an A grade… (AV Club)
As per usual, President Obama continues to be awesome AND hilarious at last night's White House Correspondents' Dinner. "I'm not the strapping young Muslim socialist I used to be." BAHAHAHA!