211 N. Division St.
As you zipped north on Division Street through downtown over the past few months, you may have noticed an evolution on the corner spot of Main Avenue. Ugly Betties closed its doors, demolition and reconstruction went down, and eventually a sign featuring a black-and-white skull showed up. The skull marked the arrival of Spokane's newest, and perhaps most unique, Mexican restaurant, Borracho Tacos & Tequileria.
The man behind the business is Jeremy Tangen, former owner of the MarQuee Lounge, which closed up shop this past summer.
"He saw a market that wasn't being reached in Spokane and wanted to tap into that," says general manager Garrett Wellsandt.
Wellsandt admits they haven't quite figured out their target clientele. Their market has been all across the board, he says. But they're happy to have been so busy in the opening weeks of their new spot.
What the federal government shutdown means for businesses that make and sell alcohol
Last weekend, Joel Evanson celebrated the grand opening of his North Spokane distillery, Evanson Handcrafted Distilling, after more than a year of wading through paperwork and waiting for government approval. But the full opening is hindered by another government holdup - Evanson makes whiskey and vodka (at both 80 and 100 proof), but because of the government shutdown, only the 80-proof vodka is for sale.
Before Evanson can sell a single bottle of the whiskey or the 100-proof vodka, the labels need to be approved by a federal agency called the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, commonly called the TTB - and, like most other federal agencies, it stopped operating on Oct. 1 when Congress failed to pass a crucial spending bill funding federal government operations.
The shutdown means craft breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries can't get labels approved for their seasonal releases. New businesses waiting for approval to open their doors are also stuck on hold.