It apparently is a documented fact in urban planning that cities expand north first. Spokane development in the last several decades seems to fit this generalization. What puzzles me is why so few independent restaurants have been able to follow suit.
In six years of reviewing Spokane restaurants, almost none of them have been north of downtown. Of course there is food to be had near the Y on Division or up by Whitworth's Pine Cone Curtain, but almost all of it is served up by chain restaurants. Independent places that have opened rarely last long. I'd be interested in your ideas as to why this is.
I'd also like to ask you to swing into the upscale restaurant launched by the owners of Twigs that is "up north" on Nevada: 98 Twenty. I've not eaten my way through enough of the menu to be certain, but it might well be our first North Spokane regional contender in the independent restaurant market.
Chef Dan Bower and General Manager Oleg Baron can both be considered local talent with degrees from the SCC Inland Northwest Culinary Academy. Bower also brings a history of working in a number of very prestigious kitchens around the country including a Michelin starred establishment in Florida. I like the breadth and creativity of the 98 Twenty menu, and a recent lunch in the middle our first big snowstorm of the season made me decide I need to do more menu splunking at 98 Twenty. I'd also like your feedback... stop in for a meal and let me know what you think.