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03.06.14

Alpine Bistro

ESPRESSO STAND OPENS IN ALPINE BAKERY

In July, Alpine Bakery Co. on North Monroe Street closed down the bistro part of their business in order to expand their bakery.

They added a gluten-free baking room where the restaurant area once was because it needed to be in a separate room from the rest of the bakery, says Alpine Bakery owner Nicole Burgi. But that still left some space available, so Burgi leased the front of the bakery to Jen Goodwin, who started up an espresso stand called Alpine Grind and began operating on Monday.

Alpine Grind serves Uccello's coffee in all the usual coffee forms: Americanos, lattes, mochas, cappuccinos, plus other drinks like chai, Italian soda and steamers. One deal they're currently offering is a 24-ounce quad shot latte or mocha for $3.50 in any flavor.

Although the main portion of Alpine Bakery's business is to supply wholesale baked goods to more than 100 restaurants, customers can buy their products retail from Alpine Grind. Items from the bakery, such as artisan breads, are available as well as items from their gluten-free line such as loaves (white, multi-grain and jalapeno cheddar), hamburger buns, bread cubes and pastries, including trail mix bars, pumpkin cake, muffins and cookies.

Alpine Grind is open Mon-Fri from 6 am-6 pm.

JO MILLER

CHAPALA’S SECOND LOCATION OPENS

Chapala Mexican Restaurant on Hamilton Street welcomed guests for the soft opening of a second location yesterday in downtown Spokane. The new Chapala, located on the corner of Third Avenue and Howard Street, has a different ordering format than the original location, which has been open for more than 20 years. Instead of being a sit-down-and-order-your-food restaurant like the first Chapala, at this location you order at the counter and can choose what goes on your burrito or taco (à la Chipotle). Plus the menu has calories displayed for each dish for those watching their waistline. Like the Chapala on Hamilton, they plan to start having Spanish-American karaoke once their liquor license gets approved. Hours are Mon-Thurs, 6 am-6 pm and Fri-Sat, 6 am-10 pm. A grand opening celebration is planned for March 14.

JO MILLER


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Selkirk Abbey Beer Dinner

The Lincoln Center | 1316 N. Lincoln

Five-course dinner featuring beer pairings from Post Falls brewery Selkirk Abbey. | March 7, from 6-10 pm | $55/person | 327-8000more...

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The Elk 15-Year Birthday Bash

The Elk Public House | 1931 W. Pacific Ave

Featuring a 3-year vertical of Deschutes Abyss kegs, tapped at 7 pm, and music by Lavoy at 9 pm. | March 8 at 7 pm | Free admission | 363-1973more...

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73rd Annual Kosher Dinner

Temple Beth Shalom | 1322 E. 30th Ave.

Jewish cultural celebration, featuring authentic food, music, live entertainment, handmade items for sale and more. | March 9 from 11 am-6 pm | $7-$16 | 747-3304more...

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Asian Twist

226 W. Ironwood Dr., CdA
208-215-2155

The number eight is considered auspicious in Chinese culture, which may be good news to the new tenants in suite A8 of Coeur d'Alene's Ironwood Square, who opened in time to celebrate the Chinese lunar new year (another good sign). Asian Twist, which also serves Thai and Japanese fare, is the latest business to occupy the spot most recently filled by a bagel shop.

The pan-Asian cuisine ranges from soups and salads to fried rice and traditional Thai and Teppanyaki-style entrées. It's all cooked to order, with the typical choice of animal and vegetable proteins: beef, chicken, shrimp and tofu. The Tom Yum soup ($8-$12) is a deep, fragrant bowlful with piquant lime and plenty of heat, which you can dial back upon request. Other soup choices are served in small side portions, including miso, crab tofu and hot & sour ($1.50-$2).

Owned by Lily and Frank Wexun, Asian Twist features the grilling style of the couple's other restaurant, Fu-Ki Japanese Steakhouse in Post Falls. Teppan entrées from $8-$12 run the gamut from salmon, chicken or beef teriyaki to the more unusual jalapeño calamari.

The menu is rounded out by a modest assortment of Thai cuisine. Curry-based dishes like gang dang and gang massaman ($9-$12) blend heat and sweet, while pad Thai and the pad drunken keemow are comfort food staples.

Expect occasional chef's specials and the always negotiable heat level in any dish — from barely warm to blistering — which makes ordering Thai iced tea or Vietnamese coffee a necessity. Don't expect a lot of ambiance (buddhas and bamboo framing the mural of a New York street scene that remains from the bagel shop) but takeout orders are welcome and the food will have you thanking your lucky stars. more...

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Ramblin' Road Craft Brewery

730 N. Columbus
703-7906

In the southern part of Belgium where saison was the drink of the farmers, the miners wanted their own beer. So local brewers made a similarly light, refreshing brew for the miners, called grisette.

Dani Guthrie tells the story as she places the palest of a row of tasters on the table. It's an accessible but obscure style not found at any other local breweries — and that's part of the reason Ramblin' Road Craft Brewery is making it. The brewery, which Brian and Dani Guthrie own with Dani's brother Will Spear, focuses on Belgians but embraces a broad range of styles. The IPA is a bestseller, and plans also include barrel-aged sours and wild ales. The rye saison has won over people who were skeptical of both Belgians and darker beers.

"We brew beers that we like to drink ourselves," Brian says. "We like hoppy Northwest beers, which we'll do, but we're also interested in pushing the envelope with some funky Belgian styles that people are not quite as accustomed to."

The brewery has been operating in the same location near the Logan neighborhood since 2012, but the taproom just opened in late January after extensive work to remodel the industrial warehouse space previously used for storage. Situated between No-Li Brewhouse and the Centennial Trail, the gray brick building features a cozy taproom space with a view of the gleaming silver equipment through broad garage-door windows.

The Guthries homebrewed in Seattle, where they worked after studying at the University of Washington. But when it came time to open the brewery, they saw potential in their hometown of Spokane. more...

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