Heated outdoor dining options open around the Inland Northwest as indoor service is prohibited

click to enlarge Heated outdoor dining options open around the Inland Northwest as indoor service is prohibited
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Osprey Restaurant's patio overlooking the Spokane River has heaters and fire pits to keep guests warm.
"Well, here we go again” was the resounding message from Inland Northwest restaurants as they took to social media early this week to update customers on their winter plans now that indoor dining is once again prohibited.

Through at least Dec. 14, indoor dining and drinking won’t be allowed in Washington as Gov. Jay Inslee reinstated restrictions on indoor activities to reduce the growing spread of COVID-19.

But restaurants and bars are expanding on the creative solutions many of them came up with this summer to encourage more diners to safely enjoy a meal together outdoors.
Limited outdoor dining with good airflow and no more than five people per table is allowed under the orders, which means many places are keeping their patios open for those willing to brave the cold. Igloos, pods or tents can stay open if windows and doors remain open while people are inside and ample sanitation is provided between groups. Enclosed outdoor structures should not use carbon monoxide-producing heating, like propane, and have adequate airflow.

Here’s a list of outdoor patios where you can still get that in-person meal or beverage service (it’s impossible to capture every place that’s open, but we tried to include a variety).

North Spokane
Prohibition Gastropub
The Flying Goat
Bigfoot Pub and Eatery
5 North Brewing Co.
Jackson St. Bar and Grill
Happy Trails to Brews

East Spokane
Checkerboard Taproom
Red Wheel
No-Li Brewhouse

South Spokane
South Perry Pizza
Perry Street Brewing
Remedy Kitchen and Tavern

Spokane Valley / Liberty Lake
True Legends Grill
Millwood Brewing Co.
Charlie P’s
Stormin’ Norman’s Shipfaced Saloon

Osprey Restaurant
Globe Bar and Kitchen
Borracho Taco and Tequileria
Brick West Brewing
Browne’s Bistro
Pacific Ave Pizza
Davenport Grand
Bark, A Rescue Pub (coming soon)
Saranac Public House
Nectar Wine and Beer (coming soon)

Wild Bill’s Longbar

Merry Cellars

Pours & Picks @ The Culinary Stone

Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. Continues through Aug. 31
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Samantha Wohlfeil

Samantha Wohlfeil covers the environment, rural communities and cultural issues for the Inlander. Since joining the paper in 2017, she's reported how the weeks after getting out of prison can be deadly, how some terminally ill Eastern Washington patients have struggled to access lethal medication, and other sensitive...