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Bob Apple reappears, will operate a new sports bar on Spokane’s South Hill

Former Hillyard bar owner and Spokane city councilman Bob Apple plans to open a sports bar on the city’s South Hill.

Apple, who served on the council from 2004 through 2011, has applied for a liquor license for a new business at 5620 S. Regal.

The license lists the business name as Somewhere. Apple said that’s a placeholder name, and is likely to change.

“I hope to open before the Super Bowl,” he said, adding, “but you never know how long it takes to get your license.”

Apple said the bar will be roughly 4,700 square feet. He’s leasing the building from the Swartout Family Trust, and said he’s in the process of completing tenant improvements.

Back when he ran the Comet, Apple made headlines (no pun intended) by not stocking toilet paper in his bathrooms. He said he couldn't afford the cost of replacing the paper thieves took from the privy.

Here's a Doug Clark column on the Comet's paper thin legacy.

Apple was also the owner of The Comet, a restaurant and bar in Hillyard. He sold that business two years ago, and the new owner renamed it Usher's Corner, Apple said.

File photo: from Photo taken when Apple served on the Spokane City Council, with Dennis Hession as council president.

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