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Bigger Beer

The Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival is a sign of how far we've come
There are several metrics by which we can measure the brewing explosion that has taken place in the Spokane area over the past half-decade. We can talk about the number of new breweries, or the emergence of growler stations and beer bars.

By the Numbers

North Idaho Cider changes ownership focus, adds to cider line
North Idaho Cider may have fewer partners since the departure of two founding members, yet the numbers look good, say remaining owners Jeff Selle, Keith Allen and Matt Peterson. In the past year, they have nearly quadrupled their cider offerings from two to seven and doubled the places carrying their ciders.

Power Play

Crafted Taphouse + Kitchen scores big with adjacent Victory Sports Hall
The new Victory Sports Hall is a win-win. For sports fans, Victory offers a stepped-up sports bar serving the same lineup of food and beer that have made neighboring Crafted Taphouse + Kitchen a popular hangout since opening in January 2014.

A Sweet New Start

Sweet Annie's finds a niche in the Inland Northwest
F or some, there is no higher feeling of accomplishment than finding success in New York City, but for Coeur d'Alene native Annie Stranger, starting her own business back home has been just as sweet. Stranger worked as a graphic designer in New York for nearly 10 years, returning to the Inland Northwest to live closer to her family and friends.

For What Ails You

Remedy finds a neighborhood feel on the South Hill
A lot of people drove by the long-closed dry cleaner at the far south end of Grand Boulevard and figured that it was a damn shame that the historic building was sitting empty in an otherwise flourishing area of the South Hill. Over the years, Matt Goodwin was one of those people, but he and his partners took it upon themselves to actually take the leap.

Battle of the Bites

Restaurant Wars aims to celebrate Spokane's food culture
It's not hard for Kris Kilduff to picture the culinary celebration he has in mind for Restaurant Wars. As the creative director of a Los Angeles-based advertising agency, he's seen firsthand how cities across the West exalt their respective food cultures through all manner of tasting events and festivals.

Share the Love

Former Spokane sushi restaurant opens in Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone
River City locals are already feeling the love for Sushi I, with the same logo familiar to Spokane sushi fans when the restaurant was located on the South Hill: a heart, followed by the words Sushi I (symbolizing ai, the Japanese word for love). Newly relocated to Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone complex, Sushi I features the same generous, full-service menu.

Two for One

Square Wheel Brewing is stepping out of Arbor Crest's shadow
W hen John Mielke started Square Wheel Brewing Co., he did so out of duty to the beer drinkers who'd arrive at his family's Arbor Crest Winery. There, they'd overlook the city from the winery's hilltop location, but if wine wasn't their thing, well, tough luck.

Bouncing Back

From fires to car crashes, three local eateries are rebounding after major setbacks
W earing a T-shirt stamped with the logo of her family's Spokane business, Allie's Vegan Pizzeria & Cafe, the burn scars on Atania Gilmore's exposed arms are lasting evidence of what happened one afternoon three months ago. Just after she and her staff were wrapping up Sunday brunch service on that 95-degree June day, a fire started outside the popular north Spokane vegan restaurant, quickly engulfing the back of the building in flames.

Always New

A longtime Spokane chef ventures out with CRATE
T here's now a bright-orange food truck driving around Spokane serving up fresh, seasonal street food. And if its owner has anything to do with it, you'll never get tired of the menu.

Still Rocking

After leaving downtown, Rock City Grill has reopened on the South Hill
Imagining Spokane's food scene without pizza is nearly impossible, given the recent explosion of pizza joints in the city, but when Jim and Rose Rhoades opened Rock City Grill in 1992, pizza is exactly what they thought Spokane was missing. "We fell in love with this gourmet-ingredients-on-wood-fired, thin-crust pizza concept in 1990," says Jim Rhoades.

Family Values

A North Idaho clan is making a triple impact on the local food scene
If any of the Potter children want to go into the family business, they'll have plenty of options from which to choose, although given the example set by their elders, they're likely to open their own places. The patriarch, Travis Potter, started Tractor Soda Company (, an organic, non-GMO fountain soda business, after a lifetime in the food industry that included ranching, farming and owning both meat stores and yogurt shops.

A Well of Options

Liberty Lake's newest cafe has all the tools to meet its lofty ambitions
The Well is a passion project. That much is apparent even if one hasn't talked to its owner, Natalie Gauvin.

Certain Spice

Cooking Indian food isn't as tricky as you'd think — just ask Max Manjit Mohan
Max Manjit Mohan lifts the lids of three canisters, letting the fragrance of cumin, pepper, cardamom and other spices escape into the room. He unloads smaller canisters and jars filled with whole and ground spices in vibrant orange, yellow and brown shades.

Beer, Right Here

Do the inaugural Spokane Brewers Festival your way
The beer festival is a lot of things to a lot of people. For one, it's a place to drink beer with other people who really enjoy beer.

Tex and Mex

A successful restaurant chain takes a spicier direction with Tortilla Union
You'll notice something new on the ground floor of River Park Square, and it's tough to miss. It's the 2-foot flame that marks the entrance to Tortilla Union, the latest culinary addition to the downtown shopping center. The space at the indoor entrance to Nordstrom, formerly occupied by a clothing retailer, features a steel and wood-finish decorating scheme.


Recent Comments

  • Re: Family Values

    • Very promising family values and drive. Tried the bbq and it was excellent as was…

    • on August 27, 2016
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    • Thanks, but I'll keep my business in Washington.

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