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Metro Cafe closed, new Sherwood owners will bring in Spokane architects

Brian and Cami Hamilton, who since 2010 operated the downtown Metro Cafe at 502 W. Riverside, closed the doors on Feb. 28.

The couple subleased the eatery, on the second level of the Sherwood Mall, from Andrew Swanson, who operated it for many years. The business began about 25 years ago and remained a popular lunchtime destination, known for its quality sandwiches and other offerings.

The Hamiltons could not be reached for comment. Sources say they still had more than a year available on the sublease. 

However, last year after Sterling Savings Bank moved more than 200 workers from the next-door Sherwood Building (at 508 W. Riverside) and the lower level of the cafe building, business declined for the cafe, Swanson said.

Some of the tables at the eatery are being repurposed at used at Luna, on the South Hill.

New owners recently acquired the side-by-side buildings. The owners of the former Sterling corner building say a Spokane architectural firm will take the space used by Metro Cafe.

The Spokesman-Review's Friday editions will provide more details on plans for the two Sherwood buildings.

The Spokesman-Review business team follows economic development in Spokane and the Inland Northwest.