To Go Box: Catching up on restaurant openings, closings, expansions and more

click to enlarge Chef Chad White recently closed both Spokane locations of High Tide Lobster Bar because the price of lobster had become cost prohibitive. - ERICK DOXEY PHOTO

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Chef Chad White recently closed both Spokane locations of High Tide Lobster Bar because the price of lobster had become cost prohibitive.


After more than 10 years in midtown Coeur d’Alene, GARNET CAFÉ felt the squeeze of the region’s real estate boom and scrambled to find new digs late in 2021. The breakfast- and lunch-only eatery is trading its cozy (as in really small) home at Third and Walnut for plenty of elbow room in the former Broken Egg diner spot, at 3646 N. Government Way. Visit for updates.

Were you looking for Kabob House on Ruby? Not only did the restaurant relocate north up the Division Street Hill to the NorthTown Square commercial center (4805 N. Division), the name is now ZULLEE MEDITERRANEAN GRILL, which reflects ownership by a central Washington-based parent company of the same name. Visit


No sooner had we published an introduction to MANGIA WOOD FIRE in Coeur d’Alene (2045 Tea Olive Lane) than we discovered it had closed, according to its Facebook page.

‘Tis true: BARNWOOD SOCIAL KITCHEN & TAVERN (3027 Liberty Ave.) closed in January to make way for a planned housing project.

“Although saddened that Barnwood will be permanently closing its doors, [we’re] excited to be providing much needed housing to the community,” says Niki Randall, Goodwin Restaurant Group’s chief marketing officer.

MESSY’S BURGERS & GRILL (6248 Maine St., Spirit Lake) closed in January. The grill and its small dining area was attached to an adjacent business, White Horse Saloon, which remains open. Fun fact: The White Horse, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the oldest continuously operating saloons, dating back to 1907-08. Also in Spirit Lake with a similar name and run by the same fellow, Jesse Keller, MESSY’S BURGERS food trailer remains open.

Chef and restaurateur Chad White announced last week that he’s closed both locations of HIGH TIDE LOBSTER BAR, (835 N. Post St., inside the Wonder Building and 502 W. Riverside Ave., in the Numerica Building skywalk) due to the rising price of lobster. He noted on his personal Facebook page that he plans to “re-concept to a new exciting fast-casual eatery this summer.”

White also owns Zona Blanca, co-owns TT’s Old Iron Brewery and recently announced a new project he’s collaborating on: UNO MAS taco shop in Spokane Valley.

SMOKIN MIKES RESTAURANT (6902 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls) announced via Facebook that it’s closing after 5½ years in business. Smokin Mike’s last day of operation is Feb. 19.

McRUINS (825 N. Monroe) is also now closed, but hopefully not for long.

“I changed the original Ruins space to McRuins awhile back,” explains chef-owner Tony Brown, who last fall moved Ruins to 225 W. Riverside Ave. (formerly called Eyvind).

Chef Travis Tveit, formerly at Iron Goat Brewing Co., and who’d been running the McRuins kitchen, is taking over the Monroe space to open his own concept, CHOWDERHEAD, focusing on the lunch crowd around the courthouse. More details on that have yet to be announced.

Brown, meanwhile, still operates Ruins and Hunt on Riverside and Stella’s Cafe inside the Saranac Commons.


VERSALIA PIZZA has added a second location in Liberty Lake (20760 E. Indiana Ave.) with a slightly scaled back version of its flagship Kendall Yards location’s menu.

Roast House coffee, wicked-fast Wi-Fi, a groovy urban vibe — that’s MEETING HOUSE CAFE (, which added a second location in October 2021 at 507 S. Howard St. Both the new and original location (1801 E. 11th Ave.) offer food like pastries and sandwiches, but only the new location features a modest beer and wine selection.

Not to be outdone, there are now three locations of RIVER CITY PIZZA: Otis Orchards (4707 N. Harvard Rd.), Spokane Valley (17018 E. Sprague Ave.) and the newest location in Coeur d’Alene (3270 W. Prairie Ave.).  And if it’s numbers you’re interested in, how about the 29 wildly different pizzas you can get there? Visit

Article Source: Inlander