A former downtown Spokane restaurant will be replaced later this year by two new eateries – Rex’s Burgers & Brews and Fraiche Contemporary French.
Both are taking space at Riverside Avenue and Post Street last used by Niko’s Greek Restaurant and Wine Bar, 725 W. Riverside.
Owners of the restaurants are Connie Naccarato and Jason Rex, who also operate Scratch Spokane and its North Idaho counterpart, Scratch Coeur d’Alene.
Rex’s Burgers & Brews will fill the main room once used by Niko’s; it will offer an eclectic menu with appetizers, sandwiches, wraps and entrees.
Fraiche will use the smaller, 36-seat area used by Niko’s wine bar at 14 N. Post.
“That’s the busiest corner in downtown Spokane,” Naccarato said, explaining the choice of moving into the Peyton Building.
While the economy remains a concern, Naccarato and Rex say they’re convinced two new eateries will contribute to downtown vitality, helping keep the city center active.
Between the two spots, Naccarato expects to hire about 45 workers and hopes to open sometime in October.
Remodeling is continuing. “We don’t want to look like a Greek restaurant,” she said.