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Burger Lab morphs into newly named Knife Burger Bar, opening in spring

Josh Hissong says his new downtown Spokane burger place is expected to open in March 2015, in the Michael Building at the corner of Lincoln Street and Sprague Avenue. That’s the site of former restaurants Travo’s and Agavé.

The Burger Lab was his first choice when he earlier announced plans for the spot. A name change took place after he tested Burger Lab and found it didn’t grab potential customers, he said.

It’s now called Knife Burger Bar ( “It may be a little cheesy, but every burger will be served with a knife stuck in it, to hold it together,” Hissong said.  Double cheesy, perhsps?

The restaurant and kitchen area will cover about 2,100 square feet.

His company’s other food place on the block, NUDO Ramen House, has been a bigger success than expected, he said.

Because past remodels left a patchwork of utilities and fixtures, Hissong said he and his partners needed to do extensive work to give the building an up-to-date kitchen and service area.

Another major improvement will be removing the marblecrete pieces on the outside walls, in order to restore the original look, Hissong said.

Known officially as the Germond Building, the structure is on the National Historic Landmarks list; that designation required extra costs while making modifications to the walls and interior, Hissong said. Landlord is Diamond Co. of Seattle.

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