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Savory Restaurant closed

Savory Restaurant and Lounge owners announced they were closing with a Facebook posting for customers on Saturday.

The restaurant, 1314 S. Grand Blvd., opened two years ago after extensive remodeling of the former Blockbuster video store. Saturday night’s dinner was the last meal served there.

Owner Mike Schneider, of Spokane Restaurant Equipment, said he was thankful to everyone who supported the restaurant over the past two years and that he felt terrible about closing Savory, when reached by phone on Monday.

“It was beautiful. I just fell in love with what we did there,” he said. “It wasn’t profitable. Blame tough economic conditions; we just had to do it,” he said.

He declined to go into further detail about the reasons Savory closed.

The restaurant fixtures and equipment are for sale with an assumable lease at that location.

Spokane Santorini’s sold, closed

The Santorini's Greek Cuisine in downtown Spokane is closed.

Reached by phone, owner Sally Tsakarestos would only say that they sold the restaurant, 112 N. Howard St. She would not reveal who purchased it, but said the new owners will not run it as a Greek restaurant. She said the new owners will make an announcement about their plans soon.

Pete and Sally Tsakarestos opened Santorini's in 2008. They are not opening another Greek restaurant anytime soon, Sally Tsakarestos said.

Santorini's in Coeur d'Alene, 4055 N. Government Way, is owned by Tsakarestos' in laws and it is not affected by the sale of the Spokane restaurant.

I'll post an update on the new restaurant planned for that location as soon as I get more information.

Rex’s and Fraiche are closed

Rex's Burgers and Brews and Fraiche Contemporary French are closed.

Owner Connie Naccarato declined a request we made last week to take photos at the restaurants for a review planned for the Food section. At first, she said the restaurants, which she opened with chef Jason Rex, were for sale. Later in the conversation, she indicated that she would probably be closing the doors.

The restaurants shared the kitchen in the space that was previously Niko's, 14 N. Post St., and closed sometime over the weekend. On Tuesday, the shades were drawn and signs and sports flags that had hung in the windows had been replaced by “For Lease” signs.

Rex's Burgers and Brews and Fraiche opened about nine months ago.

Naccarato and Rex are still partners in Scratch restaurant,  1007 W. First Ave., and Rain Lounge, next door. There is also a Scratch in Coeur d'Alene, 501 Sherman Ave., where you can still dine on Rex's cuisine.

I'm sorry to see the restaurants close. It may have seemed an unlikely pairing, but I had great meals at both the burger joint and Fraiche.

Steam Plant unveils updated interior, menus

The restaurants inside the landmark Steam Plant recently announced changes to the interior decor, menus and even names.

Updates to interiors of the restaurant and pub formerly known as the Steam Plant Grill were completed recently, and there are new names for the restaurant, microbrewery and pub housed in the historic complex.

The full-service restaurant is now known as Stacks at Steam Plant and it is led by chef Barry Matthews, who is exercising some new culinary freedom over the offerings. The menu features regional and local ingredients, as well as meats, fish, cheese and vegetables smoked on-site using a variety of fruit and hardwoods. Beer brewed by the Steam Plant Brewing Co. is also a featured ingredient.

Steam Plant Brewing Co. produces more than 10 microbrews on site. The brewery was formerly a branch of Coeur d’Alene Brewing Co. The microbrewery recently hired Greg Piller as head brewer. Piller worked with Coeur d’Alene Brewing and has recently begun recrafting the beers that are offered by the Steam Plant Brewing Co.

Quaff a beer in the in the Steam Plant Pub and order from a more casual menu there, including some of the favorites from Stacks.

There are more details at We’ve posted the new menus for Stacks and the Steam Plant Brewing Co. and Grill.

The Steam Plant is at 159 S. Lincoln St. Reach the restaurant by calling (509) 777-3900.


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