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Here’s The Dirt: Music venue set to open

Sun., April 22, 2012, midnight

Music venue set to open

The Blue Kat, a new Spokane Valley entertainment venue, will open this month at 11410 E. Sprague Ave. It’s taking about 5,600 square feet formerly housing Spokane’s Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

The club expects a grand opening the first week of June. Owners are Jesse Martinez and Katherine Keener of K & J Enterprises.

Martinez said the club will focus on live music about twice a month, featuring out-of-town acts in jazz, swing and blues.

It will operate Wednesday through Saturday. The club will have a buffet Wednesday-Friday, Martinez said.

Marshall Clark of Clark Pacific, Spokane, brokered the deal.

Tacoma architects expand in Spokane

Tacoma-based BLRB Architects has opened a branch office in downtown Spokane at 505 W. Riverside Ave.

The company has been focusing on developing more projects in Eastern Washington and sees the Spokane office as a base for expanding operations.

One of its current projects is the expansion of Roos Field at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.  That will add 7,000 seats in a two-tier grandstand that incorporates new concessions and restrooms, locker rooms, donor suites and a club area. 

The project also includes student- centered retail and a destination restaurant.

For now BLRB’s Spokane office has one architect, branch director Greg McCracken.

Arby’s opens in Airway Heights

The Spokane Tribe has opened a new Arby’s restaurant at its Spoko Fuel station at Craig Road and Highway 2, near Airway Heights.

The restaurant will add about 30 jobs, according to a press release. It’s open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

Spoko and the new Arby’s are near 145 acres the tribe owns and plans to use for a casino and resort. That project depends on approval from the U.S. Interior Department.



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