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12.26.13

Palouse Cabin Fever

ASIA RESTAURANT CLOSES

Asia Restaurant on the South Hill spent Sunday as their last day serving customers before they closed down. Chef owner Long Nguyen says they're closing because of lack of business.

It's not that they didn't have a lot of regulars, he says, but they just didn't get substantial foot traffic at their location far up on the hill at East 57th Avenue.

"The only reason we're not making it is really because of our location," Nguyen says.

Nguyen, a Vietnamese chef by training, opened Asia Restaurant in September of 2011 and decided to make it an Asian fusion restaurant so he could cook whatever he wanted, utilizing what he learned from cooking with Chinese and Korean chefs.

Even though he's closing his restaurant, Nguyen isn't done with the Spokane food scene yet. He says he is looking to get into the food truck industry in the springtime. His plan is to make the truck similar to his fusion restaurant, serving dishes such as pho, stir fry and teriyaki, and continuing to have the gluten free and vegetarian options that the restaurant had.

"I definitely want to offer something different in Spokane coming up because this is my calling," Nguyen says.

JO MILLER

PALOUSE CABIN FEVER BREW FEST

Earlier this year, Palouse had their first Cabin Fever Brew Fest to raise money for the Palouse Community Center and the few tickets left over from presales sold out at the door within 15 minutes. If you want to be sure to get in on the sudsy fun at next year's brew fest set for Feb. 8, presale tickets have already gone on sale. You can find them at the Green Frog Café in downtown Palouse or at 12 String Brewing Co. in Spokane. Presale tickets are $15 and at-the-door tickets are $20.

A ticket gets you a commemorative pint glass and six 4-ounce beer tastes. Extra beer tastes will be $1, full pints will be $3 and Palouse Lions Club plans to serve bratwursts. The lineup features six local breweries: 12 String Brewing Co., Paradise Creek Brewery, Riverport Brewing Company, Moscow Brewing Company, Budge Brothers Brewery and Laht Neppur Brewing Co.

JO MILLER


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Wine Tasting

Vino! | 222 S. Washington St.

Fridays tasting features Robert Karl Cellars and Saturday features staff favorites of 2013. Wine also available by-the-glass; tastings include cheese and crackers. | Ages 21+ | Dec. 27 and Dec. 28 | $10/tasting | 838-1229more...

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Wine Spectator's Top 100

Rocket Market | 726 E. 43rd Ave.

Sample a line-up of wines that scored top marks in Wine Spectator magazine. | Dec. 27 and 28 at 7 pm. | $20, reservations required. | Ages 21+ | 343-2253more...

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Wine Tasting

Vino! | 222 S. Washington St.

Tasting of Vino's Wine of the Month Club selections. Wine also available by-the-glass; tastings include cheese and crackers. | Ages 21+ | Jan. 3 from 3-6:30 pm | $10 | 838-1229more...

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Butcher Bar

404 W. Main Ave.
315-4613

For more than half of this year, the activity behind the olive-green velvet curtains on Main Avenue in downtown Spokane remained a quiet mystery.

Quiet because neither Santé nor its neighboring tenants wanted the banging and clanging of construction work to disturb customers during business hours. A mystery because the French-inspired, locally sourced restaurant and charcuterie didn't put a strict deadline on a pending reveal, even though executive chef and owner Jeremy Hansen had announced the bar addition would open in August, in time for Santé's fifth anniversary.

But at the time, Hansen and his culinary team also were preparing for the memorable impression they made at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. The invitation to prepare a meal there — Hansen's highlighted Inland Northwest ingredients — is extended only to chefs who embody culinary education and appreciation.

As with anything done well, taking one's time usually pays off in the end. The extended effort Hansen and his wife Kate invested into the Butcher Bar is definitive proof.

Tucked into a cozy back corner of Santé, the craft cocktail and small plates bar debuted at the beginning of December. It seamlessly melds the farm-to-table and no-waste culinary philosophy Hansen and the restaurant are known for, both in menu and décor. more...

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Revel 77

3223 E. 57th Ave.
280-0518

Since opening a little more than a year ago, South Hill coffeehouse Revel 77 has had the phrase "just coffee" nestled between the two 7s on its logo, but it's going to have to revise that motto. Earlier this month, the café introduced beer and wine to their repertoire.

Revel 77 began serving bottled beer — mostly local selections and other craft brews — and wine from small vineyards in Washington, Idaho and Oregon. The addition of adult libations has been accompanied by an expanded menu featuring pastry-like "handpies" — including one filled with pulled pork. With more evening-friendly food and drinks, Revel 77 has expanded its hours, now remaining open until 6 pm from Sunday through Thursday and 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. There's also a new winter live music series, which wraps up on Saturday, Dec. 28. more...

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