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The Dirt: West Main to gain Locust Cider & Brewing Co.

By Amy Edelen and Nicholas Deshais The Spokesman-Review

A new cider bar is coming to downtown Spokane, according to permits issued by the city.

Locust Cider & Brewing Co. is spending about $40,000 to upgrade 2,300 square feet of space at 421 W. Main Ave. The block of historical buildings has attracted many restaurants in recent years, including Durkin’s Liquor Bar, Austin’s Live Fire Barbecue, Madeleine’s Cafe & Patisserie and Sweet Peaks Ice Cream.

The cider producer was founded in 2015 in Woodinville, Washington, by brothers Jason and Patrick Spears. Since then, it has built taprooms in Seattle, Tacoma, Walla Walla, Fort Worth, Texas, and Boulder, Colorado.

Earlier this year, the company merged with Dirty Bucket Brewing Co.

According to the company website, there is a “major shortage of cider-specific apples,” which led the company to form a process focused on “the everyday apple.” The company uses “cull apples, apples that are too small, misshapen, or otherwise undesirable to grocery stores and use those as the base for most of our ciders.”

The project’s contractor is Basso Construction, of Spokane. Uptic Studios, also of Spokane, is the architect. – N.D.

Renovations underway soon for Cosmic Cowboy Grill in River Park Square

Renovations will soon be underway for Cosmic Cowboy Grill in River Park Square, which will be moving into the space formerly occupied by Tortilla Union.

The Coeur d’Alene-based restaurant company filed permits with the city last week to update the kitchen and seating areas for the more than 4,000-square-foot space between Nordstrom and Williams-Sonoma at the downtown mall.

Cosmic Cowboy Grill Owner Steve Eller said River Park Square approached him about opening a second location in Spokane.

“The mall called me and said, ‘You would be a great addition. I had been looking for a spot in Spokane for the last six to seven months and from a sales and demographic standpoint, it was ideal for us,” he said.

Eller signed a 10-year lease for the space at 808 W. Main Ave. after Tortilla Union – a sister restaurant to Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar – closed in August.

Cosmic Cowboy Grill serves healthy, farm-to-table and gourmet dishes. The Spokane location will also offer organic, non-GMO pure cane sugar sodas from Tractor Beverage Co., which will be used in recipes for signature cocktails.

Eller expects the restaurant to be a nice addition to downtown Spokane.

“We see a lot of people in Spokane in our restaurant in Coeur d’Alene,” he said. “We know there’s a pent-up demand for what we do.”

Spokane-based HDG Architecture is designing the project. Hayden-based NRCC LLC is the general contractor.

Cosmic Cowboy Grill is slated to open in January. – A.E

Airway Heights development to include Bruchi’s, Roasters Coffee, car wash

A multitenant development in Airway Heights is progressing, with recently filed building permits for Bush Car Wash, a Bruchi’s restaurant and Roaster’s Coffee.

The $9.5 million project at 9009 W. U.S. Highway 2 will have five buildings, including the 6,000-square-foot anchor tenant, Bush Car Wash, a 500-square-foot Roasters Coffee shop with a drive-thru and a 3,600-square-foot Bruchi’s restaurant.

Tenants have not yet been named for two additional buildings, which include a 14,000-square- foot retail store and a 9,000-square-foot office space.

Nathan Machiela of Kennewick-based Knudson Engineering filed an application for the development last year.

Spokane-based Baker Construction is the project contractor.

Bush Living Trust purchased the 4-acre site for $450,000 in October 2018.

Bush Car Wash has six locations in Kennewick, Pasco, Richland and Walla Walla.

Construction is anticipated to be complete by March, according to an environmental review. – A.E.

ALSC Architects to remodel its downtown Spokane office

ALSC Architects is renovating its fourth-floor office space in downtown Spokane’s Liberty Building, according to city permit data.

The work includes demolition of walls, removal of carpet and casework, reconfiguring of office space and the installation of a DIRTT Wall system, which allows for easy reconfiguration of offices with movable walls and floor-to-ceiling partitions.

The work is valued at $115,000 in the permits.

The company was founded in Spokane in 1948 as McClure & Adkison, one of the leading companies to bring modern architecture to Spokane, according to the city’s historic preservation office.

The original partnership of Royal McClure and Tom Adkison designed the Miesian Style Studio Apartments, Stephan Dental Clinic, Cornelius House and the little-known but lauded modern studio apartments on Sixth Street on the South Hill, which were selected by New York’s Museum of Modern Art in New York as standing exhibit in the museum’s architectural division. Other designs from the company’s first decades include the Meenach House, Unitarian Church and the John F. Kennedy Pavilion at Gonzaga University.

Adkison was the executive architect of Expo ’74.

Over the years, the firm gained and lost principal architects, but Adkison remained. In 1973, the company became Adkison Leigh Sims Cuppage Architects, and in 1987 it became ALSC Architects.

Davis Contracting Inc., of Spokane, is the project’s contractor. ALSC did the design. – N.D.

Developer files plans for a $10 million industrial park in north Spokane

Spokane developer Harlan Douglass is planning a $10 million industrial park in north Spokane.

The project, Douglass Industrial Park, will include two warehouses spanning a combined 193,000 square feet on the southwest corner of Magnesium Road and Crestline Street, according to preliminary plans filed with the city.

Plans also call for parking and loading areas, landscaping and street improvements. – A.E.

More apartments coming to Spokane Valley

More apartments will be rising in Spokane Valley, according to a recently filed environmental review.

Spokane Valley-based Whipple Consulting Engineers filed the review earlier this month for The Barker Apartments, which will contain 76 units and a clubhouse on a 3-acre site on the northeast corner of Barker Road and Sprague Avenue.

Construction is slated to begin in spring 2020, according to the environmental review.

OO Land Holding LLC purchased the land for $433,000 in September. – A.E.

Contact Nicholas Deshais at (509) 459-5440 of

Amy Edelen may be reached at (509) 459-5581 or at

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