In the unlikely case that you haven’t already heard, the Blue Spark closed after 14 years as a staple of the downtown bar scene. The owner blames the vacant Ridpath and lack of police response to problems. (Spokane officials disputed this.) In any case, it’s a shame — we’d been big fans of the recent focus on local beer and especially the $2 local pints on Thursdays.
This week’s Entree newsletter includes a preview of the new farmers market in the Emerson-Garfield neighborhood, which begins this Friday with food trucks along with the usual produce and farm goods. Check it out on Fridays from 3 to 7 pm at 806 W. Knox Ave. (Bookmark this link for our calendar listings of all the farmers markets in the region.)
Two new home brew shops are opening soon: Nu Home Brew & Bottles in the Valley is already open, technically, with a grand opening scheduled for Aug. 7. Two Knights Homebrew in Post Falls is in the construction phase and hoping for a fall opening.
From this week’s news section: They’re not revealing exactly what restaurants just yet, but three of them will be built in Kendall Yards pretty soon, joining the existing Central Food.