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