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Building permits approved for Knight’s Diner renovations

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 27, 2019

Knight's Diner in Hillyard in 2012. It closed in July 2019, but new owners recently received permits for renovations. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Knight's Diner in Hillyard in 2012. It closed in July 2019, but new owners recently received permits for renovations. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

The city approved building permits last week for renovations to the former Knight’s Diner in north Spokane.

Fettig Five LLC, whose principals include George Fettig – an early owner of several Zip’s Drive-In restaurants – filed plans with the city in August to renovate the former diner at 2909 N. Market St.

Fettig Five LLC received approval in August from the Spokane Historic Preservation Office to extend a portion of the 657-square-foot rail car for a new kitchen and addition of a 1907 Northern Pacific caboose to house a food preparation area.

Plans also include modifying the interior seating configuration of the original rail car, removing a section of the counter area and installing booths, rehabilitating windows, repainting the exterior and adding handicap ramps and a door.

Knight’s Diner closed in July after more than 37 years of serving breakfast and lunch. Owner Vicki Green told The Spokesman-Review in July the restaurant’s new owner would continue serving breakfast and lunch at the diner, but with a different menu.

Fettig Five LLC purchased the site for $100,000 in July, according to the Spokane County Assessor’s Office.

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