Stella’s Cafe takes over Eyvind’s cuisine; more recent openings and reopenings | Food News | Spokane | The Pacific Northwest Inlander
Spokane chef and restaurateur Tony Brown is making a difference again.
Starting this week, he’s moving Stella’s Cafe, his casual sandwich and burger inside the Saranac Commons, into Eyvind’s kitchen, which he abandons. The fine-dining restaurant debuted at the end of 2019, just months before the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
“When we opened Stella’s 10 years ago we were so limited by the kitchen, but now we have a full kitchen so I can do what I wanted to do 10 years ago,” says Brown.
In place of Stella in the Commons, Brown leaves the name and format of the McRuins. The fast food-inspired menu debuted at Ruins as a weekly special, featuring burgers and other creative versions of iconic items from popular chains.
“McRuins was probably the busiest night of the week in Ruins, so during COVID we moved this menu to Saranac because we thought it would be fun, and it really took off,” he says. “But it was still a little confusing because we had old Stella’s banh mi, and it was a mishmash of things. So I just decided to basically make it fast food and offer burgers, chicken sandwiches, crunchy wraps and different fries. ”
Ruins will continue to operate as usual, serving rotating monthly menus inspired by various cuisines from around the world. Hunt, the basement bar connected to Eyvind turned Stella, doesn’t change either.
Brown cites what he expects to be a slow return to full-service dining, both due to statewide health restrictions and changing customer preferences, as one of the reasons for stopping Eyvind.
“I’m not the best at forecasting trends, but I think fine dining is at least a year away,” he says. “Making money with fine dining is obviously doable, but at the moment, especially with the restaurant ceiling, it’s really difficult. For me too, I’m just aging, so I just went back to an old menu. rather than going ahead with a new menu. ”
He says weekend-only or pop-up dinner service is a likely possibility at Stella’s new home, and the space retains full liquor license.
Returning to Ruins, Brown says the dining room will continue to serve as a pop-up vintage boutique and video rental counter this summer, as it’s too small to reasonably accommodate diners until full interior capacity returns. The ruins menu is available to take away, and for service on its small back patio, which is being expanded. Brown plans to host themed movie nights on the patio throughout the summer.
For the latest news and updates, follow all of Brown’s restaurants on social media: facebook.com/ruins.spokane and on Instagram @_stellascafe, @_ruins and @huntspokane.
CLOVER RESTAURANT CLOSURE
The owners of the Clover restaurant in the Logan neighborhood took to social media this weekend to announce that it will not reopen after closing last year due to the pandemic. Owners Scott and Liz McCandless cited their desire to retire and spend more time with family as the main reason for the closure of the restaurant, which had been operating in a historic artisan house since 2012.
“We would like to thank all of our wonderful guests, supporters, cheerleaders, team members, editors, businesses and Zag families who have accompanied us for nine years to serve you. What started as an idea to share a little love for food has turned into an amazing experience for many wonderful Spokane people and travelers, ”the couple said.
The ad also mentions that Clover is for sale.
OPENINGS AND REOPENINGS
Chef Chad White’s Mexican-inspired ceviche, Zona Blanca, reopened this week at his newly remodeled home inside the historic downtown Holley Mason Building at 157 S. Howard. The expanded menu includes ceviche, tacos, tamales, fresh oysters, tostadas, and a full bar. Current hours are Tuesday through Saturday 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., with lunch service coming soon.
Newcomer People’s Waffle, which debuted last summer as a food truck, also recently opened for food and take-out service at its new permanent home in the old Observatory bar at 15 S. Howard. The cafe offers sweet and savory topped waffles – banh mi sandwich in waffle form, anyone? – including gluten-free options, and is currently open Wednesday through Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The downtown concert hall and lounge, Lucky You, plans to reopen soon for food and drink, with a target for a return on April 27. on social networks. ♦