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Happy Hour of the Week: Table 13 Restaurant & Whiskey Bar

Details + don’t miss: Table 13’s Happy Hour is truly a Happy Hour because it’s one hour daily. All alcoholic beverages are 50%. Any whiskey cocktail by mixologist Zac Fullerton is a solid choice. Food isn’t discounted, but you can’t go wrong with stir-fried black quinoa, poke crisps and shoestring potatoes for small plates. Pro tip: Happy Hour is 4-6 p.m. daily at all Davenport properties (it’s 5-6 p.m. at Table 13 because Table 13 opens at 5 p.m.)

Running Tab: Everything is fine with chocolate, food and wine

There is little to complain about in life when your job takes you to the fourth-annual Decadence Chocolate Festival at the Davenport Grand on a Friday night and the third-annual Coeur d’Alene Resort Food & Wine Festival in Coeur d’Alene the following afternoon and evening.

Totally cool! Eat, drink and be merry at the Davenport Grand’s terrace igloos

The holidays are over, but the Davenport Grand Hotel is offering a new experience that celebrates winter without the use of ice skates, skis or sleds. Six igloos located on the hotel’s second-floor terrace opened on Jan. 15 and boast an evening of luxury, fun and celebration and views of downtown and Riverfront Park.

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 the creation of a program that would offer city incentives to developers in a “uniform and transparent way.” Condon noted that discussion for such a program has been happening at the city for a couple of years, but the issue came to the fore when the City Council pushed back against Condon’s informal agreement in 2013 offering Walt Worthy up to $2 million for environmental cleanup at his new hotel. Earlier this year, Worthy asked for $318,000 for pollution mitigation.

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, who argued that doing so would be unconstitutional and set a bad precedent for other polluted properties the city has previously owned. Mayor David Condon, who made an informal commitment for the soil remediation to Walt Worthy, the hotel’s developer and owner, said the city could still be responsible for any polluted soil on the land because the city is in the “chain of custody” for the property. He added that the Worthy hotel mitigation was part of his administration’s larger effort to clean up developable lands across the city.

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 is every reason to think it will be very good indeed. As Mayor David Condon, the City Council and even hotel developer Walt Worthy debate just how it is that the city is on the hook for $318,000 the council has not yet approved, one point of agreement has emerged: The city needs a clear, clean, consistent plan for how and when it offers incentives to developers and businesses.

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 the planning, for example, the two were captivated by a brightly colored wool carpet they saw in the Encore at Wynn hotel in Las Vegas.

Hotel’s neighbors anticipating growth

Not more than two blocks from the Davenport Grand Hotel there is an economic revival of small bars, restaurants, an organic grocery, salons, an art-movie house, community advocacy organizations, specialty retail shops and a smattering of housing. It’s a downtown success story that got its start before plans were announced for the new convention center hotel.

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 Bernard Street. The concrete panel was decorated with an American flag and potted tree and then signed by Worthy and others.