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Northern Quest Resort and Casino is expanding its food court

UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 11:02 a.m.

The Mexican food chain restaurant Qdoba, which serves chicken burritos like this one, is opening a franchise at Northern Quest by the end of June. (Courtesy of Northern Quest)
The Mexican food chain restaurant Qdoba, which serves chicken burritos like this one, is opening a franchise at Northern Quest by the end of June. (Courtesy of Northern Quest)

Northern Quest Resort and Casino is expanding its food court.

By the end of June, three new food and beverage options are expected to be open at Northern Quest. They are: a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream scoop shop, a Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters coffee shop and Qdoba Mexican Eats.

The approximately $1.5 million food court expansion is part of a larger $20 million expansion project.

“We’re excited to partner with several amazing local owners on these new dining options at Northern Quest,” Brandon Haugen, general manager of Kalispel Development Co., said in a news release about the expansion. “We believe the expanded food court is the perfect gateway to tie-in our existing casino to our impressive new family-friendly southeast expansion project. Ben & Jerry’s, Thomas Hammer and Qdoba will be located right next door to Kids Quest and Cyber Quest, our new hourly children’s entertainment center and arcade.”

The Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop will offer ice cream, milkshakes and ice cream cakes. The owner, franchisee Kari Conner, has operated the Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop in downtown Spokane’s Riverpark Square for the past 14 years.

Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters has been roasting coffee in Spokane for 25 years. Thomas Hammer grew up in Spokane and opened Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters in 1993. Today, he employs more than 120 employees at 18 storefronts in Washington and Idaho.

Qdoba Mexican Eats will join Fatburger as the second franchise business owned and operated by the Kalispel Tribe at Northern Quest. Qdoba will serve a variety of Mexican dishes featuring fire-grilled steak, chicken, slow-roasted brisket and ground beef as well as pico de gallo and hand-mashed guacamole.

Also in the works are: Cyber Quest, a family-friendly arcade featuring 70 non-violent games and attractions; Kids Quest, a children’s entertainment center; Windfall, a Kalispel Tribe-owned retail store showcasing outdoor, home goods and gifts; M&D, or Movie & Dinner, will feature eight screening rooms with recliners from which guests can order lunch or dinner to be delivered straight to their seats; Northern Quest RV Resort and the 216-unit Salish Flats Apartment Community, available for lease in 2019.

Check for construction updates at www.northernquest.com/future.

Northern Quest is at 100 N. Hayford Road in Airway Heights. Call (509) 242-7000.


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