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Expansion of Chaps will bring sweet delights

The name evokes a cowboy-and-dusty-horse image, but Chaps owner Celeste Shaw likes to describe her eatery as a “Montana-meets-Paris” kind of place. That will be more true when an expansion …


Porky G’s to give CdA a fresh choice of barbecue

As implied last week, here’s the second of at least four new eateries lined up for Kootenai County. Offering Southern-style smoked barbecue, Porky G’s plans to open this week at …


Ale House brings pub atmosphere to former Fugazzi, Cavallino site

The former Fugazzi and Cavallino’s space roared back to life Friday with the opening of the Post Street Ale House. Developer Walt Worthy remodeled and reopened the public house at …


Mission Bistro delivers classic Italian dishes

If your idea of comfort food includes Southern Italian classics like spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna and chicken cacciatore, it’s time to try The Mission Bistro. Inside the back door of …


T.G.I. Friday’s locations closed

Five franchise-owned T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants in Washington closed last weekend, the chain’s Sacramento, Calif.-based owner said Monday. The Spokane Valley T.G.I. Friday’s, 14728 E. Indiana Ave., shut down Thursday night …


Spokane Valley farm sends fresh produce to table near you

In the early morning dark behind his Spokane Valley home, Dan Jackson is already at work. With only the small burst of light from a headlamp, he harvests heirloom tomatoes, …


Former Twigs location receives a major makeover

Relax. Many of the same faces are still there. And a lot of the old favorites from the early days of Twigs and Bin 98Twenty are on the menu, says …


Mizuna to reopen Tuesday

Mizuna Restaurant and Wine Bar, 214 N. Howard St., will be closed until Tuesday while crews repair water damage. Owner Mike Jones said a broken sprinkler head in the fire …


‘Dish’ is gourmet off the beaten path

They’re calling the restaurant Dish Home Cooking, but let’s be honest: It would only be home cooking to someone who happens to live with a chef. Owners Gary and Laura …


Lazy Bones Barbecue a belly-busting good time

Traditional Southern-style barbecue is known for many things, but sadly a low calorie count is not among its attributes. At Lazy Bones Barbecue, you can still indulge in finger-licking ribs …


Baek Chun now in Spokane

Now Baek Chun sushi lovers in Spokane can save on gas money. Baek Chun Sushiyama has begun serving its sushi rolls, Japanese and Korean foods in the former Arctic Circle …


The Dish: That’s one Crazy idea

Think opening a restaurant is crazy? How about opening one during a lingering national recession: One that serves only four basic sandwiches from a menu that was dreamed up some …


Red Lobster to open Monday in Spokane

Wood-fire grilled seafood will be on the menu at the new Spokane Red Lobster, 4703 N. Division St., when it opens Monday. The national chain is introducing its new “Bar …


Vintages at 611 heats up as temperatures rise

As the days get longer and warmer, Vintages at 611 is promising longer hours and outside dining. For now, the new restaurant offering an eclectic menu of American fare is …


It’s a jungle in there – with pizza

Jungle Pizza is the kind of place a kid can be a kid, and grown-ups can join the fun without breaking the bank. Located in the former home of the …


New pizza parlor opens in Hico Market

A new pizza place has opened in the corner of Hico Market on South Perry Street. Brett Wyatt opened Lalo’s Pizza and Calzone a couple of weeks ago and said …


Businesses invest in city’s future

Rathdrum businesses have been on the move during the past six months. A few have closed, several opened, and two relocated; while a couple have remained “in the works.” The …


Savor the flavors at Santé

Fine dining and books may seem an unlikely pair – but Santé Restaurant and Charcuterie and Auntie’s Bookstore have one important thing in common. Both may inspire you to power …


Clinkerdagger’s happy to share Hot Crab Appetizer recipe

Linda Stanscil of Spokane dropped us a note just before Christmas. She wanted a recipe for Clinkerdagger’s Hot Dungeness Crab Appetizer and wondered if we could get it for her. …


Economy takes toll on local restaurants

The economy, weather and dwindling cash have led owners of Le Piastre in Coeur d’Alene to close the doors – at least temporarily. Chef Adam Hegsted says he and his …


Sweetie Pie Cafe will treat you right

Find homemade meals, pies and sweets at a tiny little cafe near the corner of Ash and Northwest Boulevard. Mother-daughter team Marilyn Blair and Julie Becker recently opened The Sweetie …


At Golden Dragon, Fried Prawns get top marks

Before her untimely death a few years ago, Jimmy Wu’s was the Bette Davis of Seattle Chinese restaurants. She was sagging but legendary, tipsy and chain smoking, beloved equally by …


Mizuna serves up meatier experience

It was a welcome way to come in from the cold. Record snows had reduced the sidewalk to an uneven and narrow path. Parking might have been mistaken for abandoning …


SECRET SPECIALS

Want to act like a regular at a restaurant you’ve never visited before? Here’s the secret: Think outside the menu. In many cases, some special dishes simply aren’t listed. To …


Former Luna Chef Opens Seattle Bistro More Dining Spots Preparing To Debut

New restaurants open so often in Seattle, it’s hard to keep up. Here’s the scoop on one new spot with a Spokane connection and a preview of a few new …


Fast-Food Chains Rush To Take Advantage Of Rapid Growth In Post Falls

If you’re watching the Fast Food Parade in Post Falls, you’re probably not even halfway through it. Idaho’s fastest-growing city in the past year or so has added an Arby’s, …