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Davenport Hotel’s famous brunch draws fans from near and far

Luxurious Sunday meal presents you with a wide array of edible excellence every week.


UPDATED: Thu., April 27, 2017, 9:16 a.m.

Mission accomplished, Friends of the Davenport Hotel disband

Last week a group called Friends of the Davenport disbanded. Thirty-one years have come and gone since the group was created. Years marked by cutthroat business competition, some of most …


Worthy testing waters on possible Davenport sale

A national commercial real estate website is soliciting bids for a possible sale of the Davenport Hotels. Real Capital Markets listed the hotels as represented by a brokerage in Scottsdale, …


Walla Walla winery to open tasting room in Davenport Hotel

Va Piano Vineyards in south Walla Walla County is opening a new tasting room in March on the ground floor of the Davenport Hotel.


You don’t have to stay at the Grand Hotel to drink and dine there

From drinks on the terrace to tapas, chef Ian Wingate offers myriad options


City of Spokane creates incentive program for new development

Cities are responsible for roads, pipes and cops, generally speaking. With the creation of a new program aimed at encouraging development, the city of Spokane is hoping to get involved …


Spokane forming incentive program for developers

Seeking to quell any more criticism over the handling of city money going toward the Davenport Grand Hotel, Spokane Mayor David Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart announced Monday …


City Council rejects paying $300,000 for soil cleanup at Grand Hotel

A proposal to use city funds to pay for more than $300,000 in environmental cleanup at the Davenport Grand Hotel was shot down this week by Spokane City Council members, …


Shawn Vestal: On big projects and incentives like Grand Hotel, city needs to get it right

The Davenport Grand Hotel will open before controversy closes over city contributions to the project. That’s simply backward, no matter how good the project is for downtown – and there …


Jan Quintrall resigns from city of Spokane

Jan Quintrall, the embattled head of Spokane’s Business and Developer Services division, announced her resignation from the city Tuesday, saying she had “broken the public’s trust, and I can’t repair …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 27, 2015, 7:06 p.m.

Quintrall announces resignation

The Spokane administrator who led Spokane’s engineering, streets, business and other departments, announced Tuesday that she was resigning her position.


Worthys want their new hotel to ‘wow’ visitors

Like their other projects in Spokane, the Davenport Grand Hotel – soon to be the largest in Spokane – is a personal expression of owners Walt and Karen Worthy. During …


Worthys’ Davenport Grand nears completion, workers set final roof panels

The last of some 4,500 pieces of precast concrete was hoisted by crane Monday to top off Walt and Karen Worthy’s new 17-story convention hotel at Spokane Falls Boulevard and …


Scott Chesney remains mum on specific reasons for ouster

Scott Chesney, Spokane’s planning director who was abruptly ousted from his position last week, said Wednesday he was taking the “high road” and ending his role at the city. Chesney …


Ousted Scott Chesney gains support of Spokane developers

Within a day of being ousted as Spokane’s planning director, Scott Chesney gained influential supporters both within and outside City Hall. Walt Worthy, developer of the Grand Hotel Spokane being …


Bennett Block owner outlines renovation plans

Many developers start a multimillion-dollar renovation only after they’ve lined up a large tenant or two. But that’s not how Dru Hieber is proceeding in her plan to breathe new …


Spokane’s first new skywalk in decades OK’d

Downtown Spokane will see the construction of its first skywalk in 20 years, and at least one Spokane City Council member hopes it’s the last. The City Council on Monday …


Doug Clark: Hey, Harry, our new hotel will be just grand, thanks

What has Harry Sladich been smoking? I felt compelled to ask after digesting his recent oddly timed and snarky remarks about the Grand Hotel Spokane that Walt Worthy is constructing …


Ex-tourism agency leader questions Grand Hotel Spokane’s ‘demand generator’ potential

The former president of Spokane’s tourism promotion agency says the new Walt Worthy hotel downtown lacks the brand-name recognition needed to attract significant new bookings for conventions and meetings. Harry …


New Grand Hotel Spokane will carry Marriott branding

More than nine months after starting construction, Spokane hotelier Walt Worthy now has a formal name for his new convention center hotel.


Skywalk extension proposed

Spokane could soon have a new downtown skywalk, the first in more than two decades. The skywalk would span Spokane Falls Boulevard and join the Spokane Convention Center with the …


Seattle firm buys Rock Pointe office buildings

A Seattle firm has purchased the Rock Pointe Corporate Center, a steel and mirrored glass set of commercial buildings along Boone Avenue north of the Spokane River.


Spokane Convention Center hotel groundwork underway

Construction crews have dug a 12-foot-deep hole across an entire city block south of the Spokane Convention Center, laying the foundation and footings for what will be Spokane’s largest hotel. …


Davenport owner Walt Worthy pressed by firefighter union over ads

Davenport Hotel owner Walt Worthy said Tuesday that Spokane firefighters threatened to pull convention and meeting business from his hotel because of negative television ads in two Spokane City Council …


Land for Worthy’s new hotel assessed

If Spokane hotelier Walt Worthy moves forward to build a new 700-room downtown hotel, he’ll have to pay the Spokane Public Facilities District $6.67 million for the land. In mid-August, …


Worthys ready to launch convention center hotel plan

After announcing plans last year to build what would be Spokane’s biggest downtown hotel near the Convention Center, developers Karen and Walt Worthy say they’re ready to start the first …


Large convention hotel nearer

Spokane developer Walt Worthy has signed a letter of intent to buy downtown land as part of his plans to build a 15-story, 700-room Convention Center hotel. Worthy, who owns …


Hoteliers see good, bad in Worthys’ plans

Spokane-area hotel managers have mixed feelings about Walt and Karen Worthy’s plans to build a 700-room downtown hotel. Yes, the 15-story full-service hotel will take away some of their business, …


PFD says voter approval sparked couple’s interest

The move by Walt and Karen Worthy to build a convention headquarters hotel on Spokane Falls Boulevard shows the economic potential of expanding the Spokane Convention Center, public officials said …


Worthys announce plans to build headquarters hotel

In the span of four weeks Walt and Karen Worthy pieced together ambitious plans to build the city’s largest hotel: a 700-room, 15-story showpiece connected to the Spokane Convention Center. …