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Steam Plant Kitchen + Brewery re-opens today

Six months ago, downtown Spokane's iconic Steam Plant closed its doors for extensive renovations. Those doors will re-open today, Monday, January 22 - and the transformation promises to be extraordinary. The Steam Plant has been in its current mixed-use state since 2000. In 2001, it was the first historic building in Spokane to receive the prestigious National Preservation Honor Award. Seventeen years later, this latest renovation is honoring those efforts while revealing even more of the building's soul.

General manager John Lockhart and executive chef Steve Leonard have joined the Steam Plant team. Lockhart has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry and has operated restaurants in the Spokane area for the last 10 years; Leonard, who trained at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, served most recently as executive chef for Levy Restaurants at Wrigley Field.

The new interiors, designed by Spokane firm HDG Architecture, create a bold ambience, from the oversized steel entry door to the new flooring of hexagonal tile and accented wood to the complementary wood on the ceilings above. The main-level restaurant, now called Steam Plant Kitchen + Brewery, is an open design that features comfortable, tufted seating in built-in booths next to steelp-clad walls; the bar offers both large community tables and booth seating. Murals showcase the building's historic roots, while patterns of steam pipes snake through the ceiling, providing a creative way to hang lighting that washes beams and columns. The plant's boilers received a fresh coat of paint and a splash of color.

The Steam Plant expanded its event capacity with the new Rooftop event space. Located on the third level of the adjacent Seehorn building, this new space can accommodate up to 150 people, and offers a unique view of the plant's smokestacks and the Spokane skyline.

The enlarged kitchen includes a wood-fired pizza oven, rotisserie, char-broiler and smoker. The menu has been recreated with a focus on handcrafted, authentic foods - and brings back lunch service for the first time in 10 years. Specialties include house-smoked salmon carbonara, a rotisserie porchetta sandwich and a 'wood-kissed Caesar' with grilled romaine, along with generous-pour signature cocktails and a regional wine list. The brewery has continued to create craft brews: a variety of permanent taps, inventive seasonals and barrel-aged limited releases.

Along with the physical transformation - carried out by Vandervert Construction, Associated Construction, Bouten Construction, and Synergy Restaurant Consultants - the Steam Plant brand was reimagined by Spokane creative firm helveticka.

The website is steamplantspokane.com and the phone number is 509-777-3900.


1/22/2018 7:46:09 PM | Sophie said:

What a great opening, it was packed, and it looked awesome. And the food was great.I love the event area and will probably have the bday party for my friend there in may.

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