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Thursday, October 22, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Happy Hour of the Week: Steam Plant

Steam Plant was named by Men’s Journal as one of “the 10 coolest places in America to drink craft beer.” And it’s no wonder. The 1916 building, which operated as a steam plant until 1986, has been a restaurant since 1999.

Students stuck in Steam Plant elevator en route to prom

Ten Mt. Spokane High School students nearly missed prom – perhaps deservedly – when they got stuck in an elevator. The group was in the elevator after finishing dinner at Stacks Restaurant at the Steam Plant in downtown Spokane.

Downtown Spokane buildings dressed up with light shows

Downtown Spokane is more colorful this Christmas, with the tall smokestacks at Steam Plant Square glowing green and red and new exterior lights on the Macy’s and Nordstrom stores. They echo the Lincoln Building, which has sported holiday and special event lighting on the top floor since 2007.

Steam Plant smokestacks lit in pink for breast cancer awareness

You might have noticed a pink glow in Spokane’s skyline Wednesday night. As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the twin smokestacks of the historic Steam Plant in downtown Spokane are being bathed in pink light throughout October to help bring attention to the importance of regular screenings and early detection.

Pink smoke stacks

The iconic smoke stacks of Steam Plant Square will glow pink in the month of October for breast cancer awareness. Developer Ron Wells and representatives of Avista, the majority owners of the building, turned on the new LED lighting system and switched the color to pink after Spokane Mayor David Condon read a proclamation in support. Wells told of how his mother died of breast cancer when he was 17.

Steam Plant stacks turn pink

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the twin smokestacks of the historic Steam Plant in downtown Spokane are being bathed in pink light throughout October to help bring attention to the importance of regular screenings and early detection.

Teen gets five days in jail for downtown Spokane beating

The teenager who beat a 56-year-old man outside a downtown Spokane restaurant in January received five days of jail time and six months’ probation after pleading guilty to fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor. The victim, Bruce Palmer, said the sentence is far too lenient given the broken nose and black eyes he received in the fight.

Teenager arrested after downtown altercation Monday night

A 17-year-old was arrested after 8 p.m. Monday when he struck a man following an argument outside the Steam Plant restaurant downtown. Police say the random occurrence is an anomaly downtown, where violent crime is dwindling.

Wells and Co. has been revitalizing cityscape for decades

Preservation architect Ron Wells dreams of putting an observation deck on top of one of the old Steam Plant stacks that tower 225 feet above downtown Spokane. Based on his history of finishing major restorations across the region, Wells’ dream is believable.