A raft of new restaurants are spreading across the Inland Northwest.
We've spotted about 10 new or expanded locations here and in North Idaho. They include the White House Grill on the South Hill, Savory, Italia Trattoria in Browne's Addition, Ciao Mambo going into the Lincoln Plaza building downtown, and the Manito Brewing Co. If you know of others, leave a comment here or offer more information.
One interesting new business is the planned Sushi Maru, moving this fall into downtown Spokane. It would be the fourth restaurant operated by Bellevue-based Sushi Maru group. All those places use the kaiten approach to sushi.
Kaiten is the style of serving food in which conveyor belts (or water channels, in some instances) move plates of food past dining tables. Customers grab whatever plate strikes their fancy.
Sushi Maru owner Paul Choi is taking the spot in River Park Square occupied since 2000 by Sawtooth Grill. Disclosure: RPS is run by the Cowles Co., which also owns The Spokesman-Review.
We left a message for the Sawtooth Grill manager to call us with plans for that business, but haven't heard yet. Choi said he intends to open Spokane's first Sushi Maru by Black Friday this fall. Photo here is of Choi's main restaurant in Bellevue.