Two men are launching a downtown Spokane restaurant in early 2006, offering diners another option for lunches and dinners.
The new eatery, Wild Sage American Bistro, is expected to open in February, said Tom Sciortino, president of the group putting together the restaurant.
Its address is 916 W. Second, in a two-story brick building attached to the Freeman Center, owned by Ron Wells, at Lincoln and Second.
Sciortino has been general manager at the Spokane Clinkerdagger Restaurant from 2001 to 2005. His business partner, David Wells, has worked in restaurants in Minnesota and Hawaii.
The menu will offer a range of cuisines, with extra attention to desserts and lunch options. “We’re just now starting to look for a chef,” Sciortino said.
Wild Sage will also stay open late on weekend and most nights and offer dinners seven nights a week, and lunches Monday-Saturday.
“We want to showcase our desserts and we want to capture the downtown lunch business,” said Sciortino.
A lounge and bar will offer selections from dozens of area wines, added Sciortino.
He anticipates a work staff of between 20 and 25.
With 2,600 square feet on the main floor, the restaurant area will have about 25 tables and a seating capacity between 70 and 80.
Wells and Sciortino purchased the building from Ron Wells — no relation to David Wells. It was last used by AmericanWest Bank.
While there are other restaurants nearby, Sciortino said the feeling is that downtown activity will continue to bubble along, helping new restaurants.
“We think restaurants around us create a synergy,” said Sciortino. Activity taking place nearby, including the Davenport Hotel, helps bring more people into downtown, he added.
“We think this activity is expanding the downtown core. We may be in a transition area (of downtown), but we see lots of good things happening,” said Sciortino.
Remodeling and new construction will be done by Centerline Construction.