Newly announced Bark, A Rescue Pub merges dining out with local animal adoption services

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The new animal shelter-meets-pub features outdoor seating overlooking Riverfront Park and downtown Spokane.
Happy hour's going to the dogs (and cats) at the newly announced Bark, A Rescue Pub. The pub-meets-animal shelter concept is a partnership between owner Josh Wade, of Nectar Beer and Wine and Nectar Catering and Events, and the Spokane Humane Society.

The animal shelter-restaurant hybrid is set to open this summer at the former home of the Blackbird restaurant in the historic Broadview Dairy building at 905 N. Washington St. in downtown Spokane.

Bark's unique format allows guests to interact with adoptable cats and dogs before or after ordering food and drinks. The eatery plans to serve a pub-inspired menu in addition to supporting the Spokane Humane Society's mission as an extension of its local adoption services. Animals will be housed away from food preparation and dining areas, and cared for by a designated team separate from the restaurant's operations. A portion of proceeds from food and drink sales and reservation fees also support the humane society's mission.

“We are excited to bring a new and unique restaurant experience to Spokane,” says owner Josh Wade. “My fiancé and I are dog and cat lovers. We have adopted several shelter animals over the years and love being their forever home. Bark provides animal lovers like us a fun interactive dining experience while knowing that we are supporting the Spokane Humane Society with each visit.”

Follow Bark on Facebook for the latest progress updates. A website ( for the venture is also live, where interested applicants can apply for jobs, including positions in animal care and restaurant leadership.

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Chey Scott is the Inlander's Arts and Culture Editor and editor of the Inlander's yearly, glossy magazine, the Annual Manual. Chey (pronounced "Shay") is a lifelong resident of the Spokane area and a graduate of Washington State University. She's been on staff at the Inlander since 2012...