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Spa Paradiso looks to open the end of April, taking new digs in Kendall Yard

Valentine's Day related business item. Spa Paradiso, last seen in the basement of the downtown Spokane Davenport Hotel, plans on reopening in a new location in Kendall Yards the end of April.

The full-service spa and salon has been closed since fall 2012. It originally hoped to open in a new commercial building in the Kendall Yards development on Dec. 1. Project managers however didn't finish the building that early.

The spa will take half of the 13,000-square foot two-story building due east of the Cedar Plaza building, which houses Central Food. The other tenant in the new building is The Inlander newspaper.

The building will be the second commercial building at Kendall Yards, a Greenstone multiuse development west of the Monroe Street Bridge and north of the river.

Co-owner Larry Schoonover said he'll start booking appointments in early April. The company will have around 35 employees.

They will lease about half of a 13,000-square-foot, two-story building due west of the new Cedar Plaza Building. A second unidentified tenant will take the other half of the space.

The new commercial building is part of the 78-acre Kendall Yards development, a project of Greenstone Corp. So far more than 140 residential units have been sold or are under construction

Blaine’s Central Food now open

Over in Kendall Yards, amid a sea of new construction, David Blaine's new restaurant Central Food is beginning to open.

Central Food opened today, and will have limited hours this week as the staff tests menu items, learns the new computer system and generally work out the kinks, Blaine said. Through Friday, Central Food will be open for breakfast and lunch, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday, the restaurant will be open for dinner service from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Next week, Blaine said, they'll work on offering all three meals.

Blaine, who was the head chef at Latah Bistro, told The Spokesman-Review this summer he thought the Kendall Yards  was the city's most exciting development, and he couldn't pass up the opportunity to open his first restaurant there.

The building, at 1335 W. Summit Parkway, is brand new. The restaurant sports that industrial vibe that's popular now. The walls are painted in gray and blue tones. The floor is concrete. There are gleaming metal pipes and vents above the open kitchen. But wooden table tops and accents help bring warmth to the space, and the large south-facing windows let in plenty of light and offer nice views of west donwtown, Browne's Addition and Peaceful Valley. The restaurant will seat 70 when it is fully open.

My colleague and I walked over for lunch today, and we ended up building our meals from the small plate offerings. She went vegetarian, with roasted Brussels sprouts, skillet potatoes and molé lentils. I was feeling British, and went with the Scotch eggs and the meat pie. It was all delicious. Best of all, we had prompt and attentive service - good news for a restaurant on its first day.

Three curry chocolate mini cupcakes came back to the office in a box, awaiting afternoon snack time.

Blaine said he expects to have the formal grand opening sometime around Black Friday, which is Nov. 23 this year. Stay tuned.

David Blaine launches soft opening of Kendall Yards restaurant


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Today marks the soft opening of Central Food, the new eatery in Kendall Yards. Central Food is the only current eatery in Kendall Yards, the large mixed-use development on the north side of the Spokane River west of the Monroe Street Bridge.

Chef David Blaine has been putting together the new business in the Cedar Plaza building directly north of the state Court of Appeals. Formal address is 1335 W. Summit Parkway (315-3086).

Blaine, the former chef at Latah Bistro, hasn't said when the formal opening will be. This week's launch is all about testing the kitchen, tuning the dishes and working out service concerns.

Our last story about Central Food was in August.  Our announcement story ran June 7. Blaine said the restaurant is still hiring.

Greenstone is the developer of the Kendall Yards project.

Here’s how the future home of Central Food looks during construction

Not to overdo it, but we should have included an image with yesterday's story and post on Central Food, going into the Cedar Plaza building in the Kendall Yards project just west of downtown Spokane.

Here's what it looks like at this point. Construction is expected to run through September. Central Food, the eatery being set up by David Blaine, will take the back 3,000 square feet.

Photo by the Office Hours staff photographer.

What’s in the name Central Food? Chef Blaine’s cautious restaurant moniker

Kind of big news on the local food business front:

Spokane chef David Blaine announced he'll open Central Food, a new restaurant in the first commercial building in the Kendall Yards mixed use development.

This is the big project being done by Greenstone Commercial along the Spokane River, in the area west of the Monroe Street Bridge. Greenstone took over the project after developer Marshall Chesrown bailed.

Blaine has done restaurants and selective cuisine for more than 20 years. He's going to use 3,000 square feet in a building just south of the state Court of Appeals.

It's the first chef-owned place that Blaine has attempted. For the past seven year's he's been head chef for Spokane eatery Latah Bistro.

He said “I don’t think I’d be able to live with myself if I passed on that location.” He said he considers the Kendall Yards mixed-use development one of the city’s most dynamic projects.

“It has so much energy behind it. I can’t think of any downsides to doing this,” he added.

He expects to hire about 25 people and open the restaurant in December.

“At this point, I have more questions than answers,” he said, about the full scope of the cuisine, the thematic focus and how he intends to market the business.
  

Chef David Blaine bringing Central Food to Kendall Yards

Here's the reason outspoken local chef David Blaine has been mum on speculation about the first restaurant planned for Kendall Yards: He's behind it.

Blaine told my colleague Tom Sowa he's opening the new restaurant in the Cedar Street Park Building south of the State Court of Appeals. He'll call it Central Food.

Blaine told The Spokesman-Review he wanted to avoid labels such as “bistro” or “cafe.” He said the guiding principle will be seasonal ingredients.

It will be the first time Blaine has owned a restaurant. He has been the head chef at Latah Bistro for the last seven years and has worked more than 20 years at restaurants in the Spokane area.

His passion has been increasing the use of produce from local farmers and food from local ranchers, a sensibility that is sure to follow him to the new restaurant.

Here's the story for more details.