Food Blotter has been on a temporary hiatus the past month, but we're glad to announce it's back and again offering the same tasty food tips, from restaurant openings and closings to local foodie events and other industry developments. A lot has happened since our last post — here's what we've gathered.
We've confirmed it with David's Pizza owner Mark Starr this morning — one of Spokane's favorite pizza spots is hoping to finally make its return this fall. The former Logan Neighborhood landmark with a penchant for giving back to the community has long been said to have found a new home near the Spokane Arena and the Flour Mill, in the old, brick Wonder Bread bakery at 803 N. Post, on the corner of Post and Mallon. When we noticed recent business and liquor license applications for the business at that address, we sensed something was up. Starr is hesitant to share more details on the move just yet, other than his hopes to open sometime this fall, though he emphasizes there's no set "when" that could be.
A bright yellow sign for Atilano's Mexican Food has gone up at the former home of Pueblo Amigo Family Mexican Restaurant, at 802 W. Francis, in the Town & Country Shopping center at Francis and Monroe.
In last week's Entree newsletter, we told readers about Lavadog, a Hawaiian-inspired hotdog joint that's opened in Hayden, and which offers wasabi, passion fruit and guava-flavored mustard, among other island-inspired condiments. Also mentioned was the debut of The Dam Bar & Grill, which took over the Park Place Lounge at the Red Lion Hotel in the Park.
Mod Pizza, a Seattle-based chain, is set to take space in the Regal Plaza shopping center that's anchored by a newly-opened Target. It'll be the chain's first Spokane-area location.
The Growler Guys, a Bend, Oregon-based chain that serves beer-to-go by the jug (aka a growler), recently opened in North Spokane and has also applied for a license listing a spot in a South Hill strip mall at 1314 S. Grand Blvd. Grower Guys offers nearly 50 craft beers on tap from mostly around the Northwest. Check out the current tap list for the North Side location here.
Mead, an alcoholic beverage with medeival-origins, is making strides in the region. Read our profile in this week's Inlander, highlighting two local meaderies: Hierophant Meadery and Fenwyr Cellars. Fenwyr celebrated its grand opening last weekend and is attempting a second Kickstarter campaign after its first try was unfunded earlier this year.
Ruins, the new, evening food and drink spot by same folks behind Stella's Cafe, opened about two weeks ago and since then the cozy, 36-seat space has been packed most nights. It's located in the former home of the Top Notch Cafe near the Spokane County Courthouse.
Clover is accepting reservations ($100/person) for a Lobster Boil dinner, serving fresh, live Maine lobster alongside wine/beer and other house-made sides. The limited-admission dinner happens next weekend, Sunday, Aug. 17.
The Spokane Winery Association tonight hosts Wines by the Yards in Kendall Yards, featuring more than 30 wines from member wineries, light appetizers and live music.
If wine's not your thing, that's actually great for you, because it's also National IPA Day! In conjunction with this beer lover's holiday, the Inland Northwest Ale Trail is hosting a party tonight at the Black Diamond in Spokane Valley to celebrate the brewery guide map's expansion across the Northwest.
In celebration of National Farmers Market Week, the Emerson-Garfield Farmers Market is hosting Chef Adam Hegsted for a fresh food demo at the market tomorrow, Aug. 8. He'll be making two salads using ingredients from the market.
Stir Eatery & Lounge on North Division has closed.
A new late-night food menu was introduced at Latah Bistro last weekend, offering food and drink specials from 9 pm to midnight and/or close.
There are five days left in a locally-run Kickstarter campaign to launch 5 Julio's Cuban Cuisine, a food truck that plans to serve Caribbean dishes.
The local cider trend continues to blossom, with Coeur d'Alene-based Lake City Cider announcing plans for a fall launch.
Construction is progressing at the new future home of Madeleine's Cafe & Patisserie and its owners' new venture, Durkin's Liquor Bar, just next door.