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Thursday, September 4, 2014

FOOD BLOTTER: Washington Cider Week, Valley gets a Hop Jack's and new gluten-free shop opens

Posted By on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Fall is coming whether you like it or not, so what better way to usher in the season than Washington Cider Week? Our region's own handful of cideries are hosting events in celebration of the fourth annual statewide event, happening Sept. 4-14. For its fourth year, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed an official proclamation designating 10 days of September to celebrate cider made from our state's apple bounty.

Meanwhile, across the stateline, Coeur d'Alene's new North Idaho Cider is prepping for a late fall launch of its first batch of Lake City Cider.

Just in time for WA Cider Week, Green Bluff-based Twilight Cider Works has released two new ciders, a seasonal peach cider and its Winesap cider, a bold, single varietal cider that's perfect for autumn.

Green Bluff is home to a new brewery, 238 Brewing Co., whose name harkens back to the days of operator switchboards, when 238 was the prefix for Green Bluff area farms. Currently its owners are looking to officially open at the beginning of October.

A long-vacant spot on the southern edge of the Browne's Addition neighborhood is getting a new purpose as Hacienda Las Flores plans to relocate its market and restaurant to the old Sunset Junction bar from its spot at Freya and Fifth.

A new gluten-free bakery and restaurant, Cole's Fine Foods, opened about two weeks ago in a North Spokane retail center at 521 E. Holland. Its product list includes muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls, cakes, pizza and pizza crusts, dinner roles, crackers, baking mixes and more.

A second Spokane-area location of Hop Jack's, a Washington state-based chain with a focus on Northwest beers, is set to open at the Spokane Valley Mall later this year. 

Early plans have surfaced for a proposed restaurant/bar and card room at the former site of Scout Tavern on the street level of the Montvale Hotel. Yet, because the property is managed by a Chapter 11 trustee after owner Rob Brewster filed for bankruptcy early last year, it's unknown when or if the plans could move forward. A recent liquor license application for the space, at 1001 W. First, was posted last week on the WSLCB site, under the business name Sutton's on First. We spoke with the license applicant, Stephen Weinstein, on the phone this afternoon, and the Park City, Utah-based owner told us he's still waiting for an update on his lease proposal from the property's trustee. We will continue to follow these developments on the prominent downtown space and share any updates.

We'll continue to follow up on possible developments for a new restaurant tenant in the Montvale building. - YOUNG KWAK
  • Young Kwak
  • We'll continue to follow up on possible developments for a new restaurant tenant in the Montvale building.

The Library Lounge bar at the Quality Inn hotel on East Fourth Avenue downtown has closed. 

New owners of the former Globe Bar & Grille space at the corner of Division and Main, and the same team behind the adjacent Blind Buck bar, plan to open a to-be-named bar and dance club

A new Vietnamese restaurant called Pho Thinh appears to be moving into a long-vacant space at 6022 N. Division, near the Francis-Division intersection, which years ago housed a Pizza Hut restaurant.

It's going to be upon us before we know it — the Washington Beer Commission's annual Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival. It's set for Sept. 26-27, and this year moves to a new venue — Avista Stadium — from it's past takeover of Riverfront Park's Gondola Meadow. Tickets are on sale now, and a list of participating breweries (including 11 from Spokane and four other regional beer makers) can be found online along with all the event need-to-knows.

Check out highlights of No-Li 12, the brewery's recent small batch beer fest, featuring 12 rare beers, most of which you could only try at the sold-out event. Hopefully you were there, but if you weren't, find out what you missed in the video below. Also, keep an eye out for No-Li's first-ever barrel-aged beer that's been bottled — Blackfill — of which only 1,200 bottles were distributed around the region.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Area farmers markets are at their peak — don't miss them while it lasts

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 9:54 AM

All fresh and all local. - LIBERTY LAKE FARMERS MARKET FACEBOOK
  • Liberty Lake Farmers Market Facebook
  • All fresh and all local.

As we approach the unofficial end of summer with Labor Day Weekend just ahead, local farms and gardens around the region are bursting with the bounties of the late summer's harvest. Fresh tomatoes, zucchinis, peaches, cucumbers, corn, peppers, apples and more can be found at the Inland Northwest's many farmers markets. Green Bluff's farms and orchards are also at their peak, and peaches are the fruit of the moment.

Scrolling through our online database of area markets, one may notice that several are a short month or so from wrapping up the 2014 seasons at the end of September. Don't miss out on the chance to enjoy our region's bounty before it's too late. 

Big Red Barn Farmers Market | Saturdays through Sept. 27, from 8 am-1 pm. Pioneer Plaza, 605 Morgan St., Davenport, Wash. facebook.com/BRBFarmersMarket (280-9896)

Bonners Ferry Farmers Market
 | Saturdays through Oct. 31, from 8 am-1 pm. Corner of Hwy. 95 and Kootenai Street, Bonners Ferry, Idaho. bonnersferryfarmersmarket.org (208-267-2780)

Cheney Farmers Market
 | Tuesdays through Sept. 23, from 2-7 pm. Cheney City Hall parking lot, 609 Second St. (235-2223)

Chewelah Farmers Market |
 Fridays through Oct. 17, from 11:30 am-5:30 pm. City Park, 600 N. Park St., Chewelah, Wash. chewelahfarmersmarket.com (936-4353)

Clayton Farmers Market
 | Sundays through Sept. 28, from noon-4 pm. Clayton Fairgrounds, 4616 Wallbridge Rd., Clayton, Wash. (276-9644)

Coeur d’Alene Farmers Market
 | Wednesdays through Sept. 24, from 4-7 pm. Sherman Avenue and Fifth Street, downtown Coeur d’Alene. kootenaifarmersmarkets.org (208-772-2290)

Colville Farmers Market | Wednesdays through October, from noon-5 pm. Stevens County Fairgrounds, 317 W. Astor Ave., Colville, Wash. facebook.com/ColvilleFarmersMarket (732-6619)

Emerson-Garfield Farmers Market | Fridays through Oct. 17, from 3-7 pm. Knox Presbyterian Church parking lot, 806 W. Knox. facebook.com/EGFMarket (398-9628)

Hayden Farmers Market
 | Saturdays through Oct. 18, from 9 am-1:30 pm. Corner of Hwy. 95 and Prairie Ave., Hayden. kootenaifarmersmarkets.org (208-772-2290)

Liberty Lake Farmers Market |
 Saturdays through Oct. 11, from 9 am-1 pm. 1421 N. Meadowwood Ln., Liberty Lake. libertylakefarmersmarket.com (879-4965)

Fresh eggplant from Tolstoy Farms, a vendor at the weekly Spokane Farmers Market. - SPOKANE FARMERS MARKET FACEBOOK
  • Spokane Farmers Market Facebook
  • Fresh eggplant from Tolstoy Farms, a vendor at the weekly Spokane Farmers Market.

Millwood Farmers Market
 | Wednesdays through Sept. 24, from 3-7 pm. Millwood Community Presbyterian parking lot, 3223 N. Marguerite. facebook.com/MillwoodFarmersMarket (924-2350)

Moscow Farmers Market
 | Saturdays through October, from 8 am-1 pm. Friendship Square and Main Street, downtown Moscow. facebook.com/MoscowFarmersMarket (208-883-7000)

Northeast Washington Farmers Market | Wednesdays and Saturdays through October, from 9 am-1 pm. Corner of Main and Astor, downtown Colville, Wash. newfarmersmarket.org (675-8896)

Pullman Farmers Market | Wednesdays through Oct. 22, from 3:30-6 pm. Spot Shop parking lot, 240 NE Kamiaken St. facebook.com/pages/Pullman-Farmers-Market (334-3565)

Rathdrum Farmers Market | Saturdays through October, from 9 am-2 pm. City Park on Hwy. 53. (208-640-9315)

Ritter’s Farmers Market | Saturdays through Sept. 27, from 10 am-5 pm. Ritter’s Garden & Gift, 10120 N. Division. (467-5258)

Sandpoint Farmers Market
 | Saturdays through Oct. 11, from 9 am-1 pm; Wednesdays, from 3-6 pm. Farmin Park, Third Avenue and Oak Street, Sandpoint. sandpointfarmersmarket.com (208-597-3355)

South Perry Farmers Market
 | Thursdays through October, from 3-7 pm. The Shop, 924 S. Perry. thursdaymarket.org (720-8449)

Spokane Farmers Market
 | Saturdays through Oct. 29, from 8 am-1 pm and Wednesdays from 8 am-1 pm, starting June 11. 20 W. Fifth. spokanefarmersmarket.org (995-0182)

St. Maries Farmers Market | Fridays through Oct. 3, from 3-6:30 pm. Downtown St. Maries, Idaho. (208-245-4381)

Tuesday Growers’ Market
 | Tuesdays through October, from 4-6:30 pm. Moscow Food Co-op, 121 E. Fifth St., Moscow. moscowfood.coop (208-882-8537)

West Central Marketplace |
 Tuesdays through mid-October, from 3-6 pm. A.M. Cannon Park, 1920 W. Maxwell. facebook.com/WestCentralMarketplace (703-7433)


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

FOOD BLOTTER: Manito Tap House owners' new project, 24 Taps opens and more

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 4:28 PM

More big news to break in this week's installment of Food Blotter. Earlier this week we confirmed the owners of the South Hill beer hotspot Manito Tap House have signed a lease for the first floor of the historic Broadview Dairy building, at 905 N. Washington, with plans to open a higher-end gastropub called The Blackbird

Owner Patrick McPherson tells us he'd been looking into a recently vacated retail building in North Spokane's Audubon Park neighborhood, but passed on the space because of the cost to renovate it.

The concept for the new restaurant is more upscale fare than the Manito Tap House, and with fewer handles, but as many as 150-200 bottled beers available. Currently he says the goal for opening is the beginning of 2015. 

Love @ First Bite Desserts reopened in its new Spokane Valley location, at 14401 E. Sprague, last Wednesday. 

Locally-owned bakery White Box Pies is rebranding as White Box Cafe & Bakery, and plans to expand its menu and dining areas. 

The downtown space at Lincoln and Riverside that most recently was home to Sergio's reopened last Friday as 24 Taps Sports Bar, a reincarnation of the old Heroes & Legends sports bar. 

Three Inland Northwest Bars — Bon Bon, the Baby Bar and Rico's Public House in Pullman — made it onto a list of the best Washington's 10 Bars Outside of Seattle, by Thrillist. 

Speaking of bars and beer, the date, film and brewery for the next installment of Suds and Cinema screening is...DIE HARD! It's showing Wed, Sept. 10 with beer from Twelve String Brewing Co.

King Burrito, a new food/taco truck, recently made its local debut and is serving up massive burritos at the corner of Third and Maple downtown. 

This new, downtown bar quietly opened for business last week. - LISA WAANANEN JONES
  • Lisa Waananen Jones
  • This new, downtown bar quietly opened for business last week.

Whisk, a tiny new bar (pictured above) at 17 W. Main Ave. by the owners of Pacific Avenue Pizza in Browne's Addition, opened last week.

Don't miss the last two kickoff events for the newly-expanded Inland Northwest Ale Trail — now up to 27 regional breweries. Pint's Alehouse is hosting a tasting event tonight, from 5-10 pm, and Capone's Pub in Coeur d'Alene hosts one next Thursday, Aug. 28, from 6-9 pm.

Because of a newly-introduced policy by City Councilmember Amber Waldref, the owners of the yet-to-open Tamarack Public House (expected to open in October) are hoping to benefit from a new utilities fund that would pay to upgrade an aging city water line to the building. That upgrade is needed in order to service the building's modern fire sprinkler system. 

In case you missed it, last week's issue included a story on The Scoop's new liquid-nitrogen ice cream-making process, and subsequent new house-made flavors. 

A new Grocery Outlet store in Spokane Valley, at 12115 E. Sprague, is set to open a month from today

Lake's Cakes, a new bakery specializing in cakes served in mason jars, opened at the beginning of the month in the Gonzaga area. 

A former A&W fast food restaurant on North Division that closed more than a year ago is set to reopen as a Bruchi's CheeseSteaks & Subs, a locally-owned franchise. 

Pullman is celebrating the Northwest's favorite legume this weekend, Aug. 22-23, during the 26th Annual National Lentil Festival

As of this writing, there are still tickets ($20 in advance) available [UPDATE: The event is now sold out] for Saturday's No-Li 12: Small Batch Beer Fest, the brewery's second limited-release beer tasting event.

Up in Sandpoint, Laughing Dog Brewery is turning nine, and hosting a party to celebrate, this Saturday, Aug. 23. 

Peaches are ripe for the pickin' up at Green Bluff, which celebrates the tasty stone fruit harvest through Labor Day next weekend.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Three Inland NW bars named among top 10 in Washington

Posted By on Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Any local would tell you the Baby Bar is hip.
  • Any local would tell you the Baby Bar is hip.

Thrillist, a website and daily email service that provides dwellers of the U.S.'s biggest metro areas with locally-focused recommendations, has included some of Spokane’s favorite watering holes in its list of Washington’s 10 Best Bars Outside of Seattle

Bon Bon, the tiny nook-ish bar attached to historic Garland Theater is known for serving classic old-timey drinks in a cozy, retro-themed setting. Beverages are best enjoyed before or after a movie showing (beer and wine are also available to drink during screenings for those of age), though the bar is open daily.

Downtown's Baby Bar, tucked in the back of Neato Burrito, also made the list but we've long known about its brag-worthy status. Bartender/owner Patty Tully was named best local bartender in the Inlander's Best Of readers' poll for 2013.

In addition to the list’s nod to Spokane, Pullman’s Rico’s Public House shares the spotlight as one of the college town's hip local spots that's often a performance venue for area jazz musicians.

Seeking to highlight quirky, under-the-radar spots and events, Thrillist offers suggestions for 21 different cities across the world. Though Spokane is not one of those cities, the “10 Best” list includes these three bars and others around the state as an alternative to hyped-up spots in Seattle.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Our Next Suds and Cinema: DIE HARD!

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 3:50 PM

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Well Yippee-ki-yay mother******s Suds and Cinema fans! 

We have selected the film for our next event, slated for Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the Bing Crosby Theater and it's Die Hard! Yes, the original Die Hard, not one of the four sequels. This is the one that takes place almost exclusively in a Los Angeles skyscraper and features Bruce Willis walking around barefoot while he kills terrorists/bank robbers and makes lots of puns.

In case you're wondering, yes, this action flick has aged gloriously in the 26 years since its release. Even the kids these days are getting into it, like in this episode of Workaholics. And then there was an episode of The Office in which Pete recited the entire movie from memory.

So do you like explosions? How about criminal masterminds who later end up in Harry Potter movies? Or the dad from Family Matters? Keen on ventilation ducts? Bloody feet? Christmas movies? Thought so — this is the movie for you.

The film is slated to start at 7:30 pm, but as usual, we'll kick open the doors at 6:30 pm to get the beer going. We'll announce the featured brewery very soon, too. $4 movie, $4 beer.




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Thursday, August 7, 2014

FOOD BLOTTER: Our weekly food blog returns — so is David's Pizza this fall

Posted By on Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 2:30 PM

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.

An artist's rendering of the planned revival of David's Pizza at the old Wonder Bread bakery at 803 N. Post. - COURTESY OF MARK STARR
  • Courtesy of Mark Starr
  • An artist's rendering of the planned revival of David's Pizza at the old Wonder Bread bakery at 803 N. Post.

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.

Madeleine's Cafe is set to move into the blue space on the left this fall. Durkin's Liquor Bar is taking the space to the right, framed by the multi-paned brown windows. - CHEY SCOTT
  • Chey Scott
  • Madeleine's Cafe is set to move into the blue space on the left this fall. Durkin's Liquor Bar is taking the space to the right, framed by the multi-paned brown windows.

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It's National IPA Day! Drink up

Posted By on Thu, Aug 7, 2014 at 9:56 AM

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What? Your boss didn't give everyone the day off for National IPA Day?

That's a shame, but it shouldn't stop you from celebrating once you clock out this evening. Today marks the fourth-annual National IPA Day, which is a chance to honor the hoppy goodness of one of our country's most popular craft beer styles. There's no real agenda to it, but you are encouraged to sip up and tweet photos of your beers and beer-drinking with the hashtag #IPAday. Last year, the Brewer's Association says the hashtag was used more than 33,000 times and they hope to build on that number this year.

Locally, there is no shortage of IPAs to enjoy and, as luck would have it, you can get a taste of many of them tonight, all under one roof. To celebrate the launch of the super-sized Inland Northwest Ale Trail (which we wrote about this week), there's a party at the Black Diamond (one of the city's best beer bars) tonight from 5-8 pm. Here are all the details.

Even if you can't make it to the party, treat yourself to a local IPA at some point today.

At Iron Goat, you can check out their Headbutt IPA Version 2.0. 

"It's the same ingredients, but different brewing process which gives it more aroma and more flavor with a smoother finish," says Iron Goat brewer Greg Brandt.
 
Iron Goat also is selling all of their IPAs for $1 off in honor of this hoppy holiday.

No-Li is celebrating IPA Day in their brewery by using their Randall for the first time. If you don't know (which I didn't), a Randall is a device that adds flavors at the end of the brewing process. At No-Li, they're using fresh hops in the Randall.

There are plenty of other IPA options out there, too. Here's our brewery guide if you need some pointers.


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

PHOTOS: Today's Food Truck Palooza

Posted By on Sun, Jul 20, 2014 at 7:50 PM

The first Food Truck Palooza showcased the food, deserts and beverages of 18 different vendors. A entry ticked allowed anyone free samples from all of the vendors. Dj Mayhem entertained fifteen hundred ticket holders and a beer garden was not far away for those of age. 

Fifteen hundred people gather in the parking lot just west of Luigi's Restaurant for Food Truck Palooza. - MATT WEIGAND
  • Matt Weigand
  • Fifteen hundred people gather in the parking lot just west of Luigi's Restaurant for Food Truck Palooza.

DJ Mayhem, a DJ of 12 years, plays for the crowd at Food Truck Palooza. - MATT WEIGAND
  • Matt Weigand
  • DJ Mayhem, a DJ of 12 years, plays for the crowd at Food Truck Palooza.

Steven Kitchnes, left, Mike Anderson  and Tymen Hofmann of Three Ninjas work quickly to prepare food for hungry customers at Food Truck Palooza. - MATT WEIGAND
  • Matt Weigand
  • Steven Kitchnes, left, Mike Anderson and Tymen Hofmann of Three Ninjas work quickly to prepare food for hungry customers at Food Truck Palooza.

Phil Conway. left, speaks with Steven Kitchnes of Three Ninjas at Food Truck Palooza. - MATT WEIGAND
  • Matt Weigand
  • Phil Conway. left, speaks with Steven Kitchnes of Three Ninjas at Food Truck Palooza.

Steven Kitchnes speaks with customers at Food Truck Palooza. - MATT WEIGAND
  • Matt Weigand
  • Steven Kitchnes speaks with customers at Food Truck Palooza.

Food Truck Palooza featured 18 different vendors. - MATT WEIGAND
  • Matt Weigand
  • Food Truck Palooza featured 18 different vendors.

Alex Kokkoris, left and Rebecca Circkman get pulled pork from Nordic Smoke at Food Truck Palooza. - MATT WEIGAND
  • Matt Weigand
  • Alex Kokkoris, left and Rebecca Circkman get pulled pork from Nordic Smoke at Food Truck Palooza.

Andrew, left, and Elizabeth Sibulski order brownie bites from Love at First Bite at Food Truck Palooza. - MATT WEIGAND
  • Matt Weigand
  • Andrew, left, and Elizabeth Sibulski order brownie bites from Love at First Bite at Food Truck Palooza.

Joile Fomal, left, hands fried Macaroni to a customer at Food Truck Palooza. - MATT WEIGAND
  • Matt Weigand
  • Joile Fomal, left, hands fried Macaroni to a customer at Food Truck Palooza.

Frances Wang, left, and Shawn Chitnis order ice cream from Jennifer Davis, owner of the Scoop at Food Truck Palooza. - MATT WEIGAND
  • Matt Weigand
  • Frances Wang, left, and Shawn Chitnis order ice cream from Jennifer Davis, owner of the Scoop at Food Truck Palooza.

Nick Bokarica, co-owner of Shameless Sausage, stuff cheese in sausages at Food Truck Palooza. - MATT WEIGAND
  • Matt Weigand
  • Nick Bokarica, co-owner of Shameless Sausage, stuff cheese in sausages at Food Truck Palooza.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

FOOD BLOTTER: Agave becoming Burger Lab and other upcoming openings

Posted By on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 2:55 PM

24 Taps has its liquor applications posted and will be opening soon in the former Sergio's spot. - LISA WAANANEN JONES
  • Lisa Waananen Jones
  • 24 Taps has its liquor applications posted and will be opening soon in the former Sergio's spot.

Well, everyone, I’m sorry to say this is the final Food Blotter post I’ll be writing. And I was going to let it fade out quietly, but there’s just too much happening. So here’s a special Tuesday edition with lots that we’ve fallen behind on — and even more to look forward to.

Cork House, a new upscale eclectic restaurant, is now open at the former Barlows location in Liberty Lake. (Barlows moved to a new building in January.) The executive chef is Brian Hutchins, formerly of Clover. Read more about it in last week’s Entree newsletter — and seriously, if you like this kind of food news, it’s a really good idea to just subscribe to the newsletter.

A new bar and music venue in Coeur d’Alene, the Rocker Room, opened in mid-June just in time for the beginning of Coeur d’Alene’s event-filled summer.

Agave Latin Bistro is closed; Burger Lab is coming soon. - LISA WAANANEN JONES
  • Lisa Waananen Jones
  • Agave Latin Bistro is closed; Burger Lab is coming soon.

Agave Latin Bistro has permanently closed at its downtown location at Sprague and Lincoln, and in its place is coming Burger Lab. It’s owned by an all-star designer-builder-restauranteur team and, like Nudo and Fire Artisan Pizza farther down the block, will be a project of design firm HDG. The former Wojo Works space on that same block is also likely to become a cafe or eatery of some sort.

Love @ First Bite had its final day at the old bakery last Thursday, and will be reopening in a new space farther down Sprague.

Work in progress at the new space for Love @ First Bite bakery. - LOVE @ FIRST BITE
  • Love @ First Bite
  • Work in progress at the new space for Love @ First Bite bakery.

Uncle Leroy’s BBQ, previously a tenant at the now-shuttered Spokane Public Market, is opening at a little spot in the Valley where they will also host a market.

Veraci Pizza, the last restaurant of the Kendall Yards restaurants under construction this year, now has its sign up and getting very close to opening.

Tinbender Craft Distillery, located in the back of the former Spokane Public Market building, is getting closer to opening after a big repaving project.

Soulful Soups and Spirits, the downtown soup-by-day, bar-by-night spot, has reopened after a week of renovations.

As we’ve mentioned, Java on Sherman in Coeur d’Alene moved to a new location farther down Sherman earlier this year. Starting in August, look for a quick turnaround on a big renovation at the old space, which will be reopening as a coffee shop of a different style.

Others getting closer to opening are Ruins, the new dinner restaurant from the Stella’s team; Station House Pizza in Hillyard; Black Label Brewing Company and the other businesses at Saranac Commons; Tamarack Public House downtown on Sprague; and 24 Taps, a reincarnation of the Heroes and Legends sports bar in the downtown space that was most recently Sergio’s.

One Tree Hard Cider is now distributing around town — locations where you might find it on tap so far include Jones Radiator, Manito Tap House, Waddell’s and Press.

Big Barn Brewing Company, based at the Bodacious Berries, Fruits and Brews farm on Green Bluff, is also distributing around town now.

NO-LI
  • No-Li

No-Li is releasing a new brew in four-packs later this month: Rise & Grind, a dark ale roasted with Gemelli coffee.

A few anniversaries… This Saturday, July 12, Selkirk Abbey is celebrating its second anniversary with music and special beers. Madeleine’s, which is moving to a new home a few blocks east later this year, celebrated seven years at the end of June. And Nu Home Brew celebrated one year on July 1, with an anniversary party in the works for early August.

We recently featured the list of new sidewalk cafes approved this year. In other outdoor drinking news, city leaders in Spokane and Seattle are asking the state Liquor Control to let cities have more control over rules for patio drinking. The specific issue? State law requires a 42-inch fence or barrier enclosing all outdoor drinking spaces, which isn’t possible for some businesses. And Spokane officials are feeling friendlier toward letting people drink in the streets — they’re doing a pilot program allowing beer gardens for some special events and festivals held on city roadways.

FiveThirtyEight, an otherwise respectable and statistically sound news source, is devoting a strange amount of resources to a national burrito bracket. But they put Joel’s Mexican Restaurant in Sandpoint in the running, so that’s exciting.

If you haven’t seen the potato salad Kickstarter campaign that’s making national news, here it is.

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S’mores marshmallows toasted or torched? What you told us

Posted By on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 10:41 AM

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This week’s Outdoors Issue inspired our latest entirely unscientific food preference poll: What’s your s’more style — marshmallow carefully toasted or intentionally engulfed in flame?

A reminder, first of all, that if you have intentions to go make s’mores around a rustic campfire somewhere in the Inland Northwest this summer, check for burn bans and fire rules first.

Now, the results: Maybe it’s impatience or maybe we just enjoy setting things on fire, but the majority of comments were in favor of marshmallows purposely set ablaze.

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A number of commenters volunteered a preference for the other ingredients, too, with suggestions of Oreos instead of graham crackers and the addition of Nutella. Mr. Goodbar was suggested as a chocolate of choice, but the most frequent recommendation was to use a Reese’s peanut butter cup as the chocolate layer.

On the spectrum of toastiness, some say they go for flames more than once on a single marshmallow. The most specific and intriguing response in the “Both/Depends” category came from Vintage Hill:

Depends on the wine you are having. A nice late harvest Semillon made dry likes the golden brown version with a milk chocolate bar. Same with a Cab. Sauv. but change the chocolate to a darker bar, even for some very tannic CS’s bittersweet is the call. Burn it and you are in Cab Franc country all the way.

We've previously tallied responses on hot vs. iced coffee, leftover pizza and favorite fries condiment from Zip's.


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