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River City launches benefit brew for Spokane Riverkeeper

River City launches benefit brew for Spokane Riverkeeper

The Spokane River could be called the city’s current, and now it has its very own specialty beer to promote its well being. On Friday, River City Brewing will launch the Riverkeeper IPA in partnership with Spokane Riverkeeper and Numerica Credit Union to promote the work being done to keep our river “swimmable and fishable.”

If passed, new ordinance could put food trucks on the road

If passed, new ordinance could put food trucks on the road

Your favorite food truck in Spokane could so be on the move if the city adopts a new ordinance to regulate them.

"You look at Portland, look at Seattle and their experience with food trucks, we hope we have the same kind of vitality with our mobile food vending industry," Associate City Planner Andrew Worlock said.

But some of the proposal has truck owners calling for change and that parts of the ordinance are unconstitutional.

"We're happy that the city is being pro-active and that they want to create an environment for food trucks to be here," Joile Forral, the President of the Greater Spokane Food Truck Assoc., said. "It's just that we feel like the rules they are trying to pass are not what they need to be."

The proposed ordinance would require a permit to operate within the city limits. The application fee is $40, but to add additional locations, it's an extra $10.

"They want the fees to be as low as possible as do we," Warlock said. "We just need to kind of settle on the proper way to charge the fee."

Zombie apocalypse forces road closures in Spokane

Zombie apocalypse forces road closures in Spokane

The zombie apocalypse has started in Spokane, and the City of Spokane has closed several roads to help keep citizens safe from the growing army of the undead.

The SyFy Channel production of Z Nation has started filming in Spokane and filming will force the closure of 1st Street, from Adams to Monroe Street, and Madison Avenue, from Sprague Avenue to 2nd Street.

Remain calm, all is well, as those closures will only be in effect Wednesday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The production is being shot by North by Northwest and produced by The Asylum, the company behind such SyFy fare as 'Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus,' 'Mega Python vs. Gatoroid,' 'Nazis at the Center of the Earth' and the 2013 cult hit 'Sharknado.'

Filming for Z Nation is up and, well, not running, more like shambling because, well, zombies.

Tuesday afternoon the crew was out shooting a scene on the Howard Street Bridge. For residents walking by, there were taken aback by the sight.

"I'm surprised by it," Spokane resident Tim Burke said. "I didn't know nothing about it, but it's cool. It's really cool, it's cool to see."

Authentic noodle house Nudo opens in downtown Spokane

Authentic noodle house Nudo opens in downtown Spokane

The theater district downtown is seeing some growth and part of that is a brand new restaurant that has the whole town talking.

Nudo has only been open for 16 days but in that time, the sales numbers here have surpassed what owner Josh Hissong projected the restaurant would do in its first full month. That's great news for Nudo and a sign of good things to come for downtown Spokane.

"Two years ago we wouldn't have even thought about putting a restaurant down here," Hissong said.

Amazing what can happen in two years. Theaters like the Bing are re-inventing themselves. Developers are pouring millions into downtown projects to create more housing, with micro apartments at The Ridpath and high-end town houses by Wells and Company just two doors down.

Hissong owns HDG Architecture and Design, which created the interior space for places like Baracho and Fire Artisan Pizza next door to Nudo. He has a knack for 'cool' and it shows at Spokane's only authentic noodle house, but it took a lot of work.

"Structurally it was unsound, we had to redo that every inch of wiring, plumbing, HVAC, everything is brand new," he said.

Masonic Center to undergo major makeover

Masonic Center to undergo major makeover

The Masonic Center, a piece of Spokane history which was sold last fall, is now about to undergo a massive makeover.

Since the early 1900's the Masonic Center has been a Spokane landmark.

"I thought the building was a spectacular building, very grand, historic building," owners Greg and Luisita Francis Newell said.

The center now has a new name, Riverside Place, as well as new owners and now its getting a 21st Century makeover. The building is filled with intricate detail found on all six floors, like the grand staircase and a parlor named after President Teddy Roosevelt, who attended the building's groundbreaking. There is character in every corner that the Newells don't want to take away.

"It's about re-purposing the building, not tearing it down or changing the uniqueness of it," the Newells said.

While they don't know when the renovations will be done, they do know what they want this place to look like. A space not just for special events, but also have two bars, two restaurants, two lounges and a cafe all under one roof.

City offices closed on Memorial Day

City offices closed on Memorial Day

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Verizon hosting summer job fair

Verizon hosting summer job fair

Verizon is hosting a job fair next week to hire 20 local full and part time employees. The hiring wave comes in anticipation of a busy summer season at three locations.