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Alaskan Brewing hosts Spokane scavenger hunt

Alaskan Brewing hosts Spokane scavenger hunt

The Alaskan Gold Rush is coming to Spokane! But don't head for the river just yet – this gold rush requires a little more patience.

Organized by Fast Eddies owner Matt Goodwin and Alaskan Brewing, the Gold Rush is a six-week scavenger hunt spanning bars across the city, where each clue leads you closer to the grand prize: a gold nugget worth $2,000.

“They're hiding it today because it's kicking off tomorrow,” Goodwin said. Everyone, even the bar employees are eligible to win because it's someone from the brewery who's hiding the prize. “They won't even tell me where it's hidden.”

Every Friday for the next six weeks, bars will offer a deal on Alaskan Brewing products and post a sign with that week's number to text. Each text message delivers a clue, more specific than the last until the final week.

City Council unanimously approves food truck ordinance

City Council unanimously approves food truck ordinance

The Spokane City Council voted 7-0 Monday night to adopt two ordinances regulating food trucks within city limits.

In May, the city began looking into regulating the growing industry in Spokane. They drafted an ordinance but some food truck owners weren't happy with what they came up with.

The first draft of the ordinance called for a mobile food vending permit, the cost $40 plus $10 for each additional location. It also required truck owners to get permission from businesses if they planned to operate within 75 feet of them.

After hearing from truck owners, the city set up a meeting between all parties involved.

They group made up of the Greater Spokane Food Truck Association, restaurant owners and the city decided to amend the proposal.

The ordinance that passed, requires a $60 permit fee, and mobile food venders must have permission from established businesses within 50 feet.

"I'm super excited about it, I'm really elated that the city worked with us," president of the Greater Spokane Food Truck Association Joile Farral said. "We got a lot done, there was a lot of compromise, there was a good solution and that it was passed."

Food trucks get passing grades from county inspectors

Food trucks get passing grades from county inspectors

A new report by the Institute for Justice shows food trucks in Seattle are just as safe to eat at compared to a restaurant, and as it turns out the food trucks in Spokane are pretty clean as well.

Friday morning inside the Jamaican Jerk Pan food truck, owner Roian Doctor is preparing to open for the day.

"I keep it right back to my grandfather, you know like keep it real keep it authentic, never forget the culture," he said.

Doctor knows he has to run a tight ship to pass inspections by Spokane County.

"You have your sanitizing water, you have your hand wash, you have all of that good stuff and you keep your food at the right temperature and you won't be having a problem," Docttor said.

On Friday food inspector Lisa Breen checked over his trailer. Across the county she says foot trucks are doing a good job staying clean and sanitary. Of the 32 current food trucks in Spokane 13 have no violations while the rest had minor issues for things like hand washing and not property using wash rags.

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."

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.

City considering ordinance to regulate food trucks

City considering ordinance to regulate food trucks

A new ordinance proposed at Monday night's Spokane City Council meeting would regulate cooking on street corners. It's a plan to give food trucks some guidance but not everyone serving out of a window is happy.

There are food trucks and carts popping up all over Spokane; a dozen of them cooked at the food truck rally about two weeks ago. Now city leaders are proposing changes that'll help and hurt truck owners.

The issue was first brought to light more than a year ago and, since then, the city conducted a study with leaders, planners, and truck owners. The result was a new city ordinance proposed Monday night.

One major change is the ten minute rule. Technically trucks can only stay in one place for ten minutes, though it's not often enforced. The ordinance would allow for as long as the meter's limit.

"We wanted to make sure our rules accommodated that industry," Andrew Worlock with the city planning department said.

Truck owners would also have to get permission from the business they're parked in front of, even if it's a city spot.