Just a 5 minute stroll along the Centennial Trail from downtown Spokane lies Kendall Yards, a new upscale development.
Environmental sustainability is at the core of Kendall Yards from the environmentally friendly building practices of Greenstone Homes to water absorbent concrete and an innovative storm water drainage system found in the Olmsted Brothers Green Park that naturally filters storm water before it enters the Spokane River. The park also provides a green space, children's play equipment, a picnic structure, a free neighborhood lending library and Adirondack chairs.
Summit Parkway is the heart of Kendall Yards, offering access to retail shops, restaurants, office spaces, plenty of parking, and sidewalks.
The Nest, named for the Osprey nests located along the river, is an outdoor plaza located next to the Centennial Trail and Central Foods restaurant on Summit Parkway. This area is home to the "Rock the Nest" concert series during the summer months, along with outdoor yoga, Octoberfest beer tasting events, outdoor movies and caroling during the holidays.
From May to October, the night farmer's market will occur every Wednesday from 4-9 pm bringing fresh local produce to the neighborhood.
Central Foods restaurant provides an upscale dinner menu with choices such as mushroom mousse terrine, duck confit barley risotto and lamb sausage tagine which can be enjoyed inside or overlooking the beautiful Spokane River and downtown Spokane on their patio. Breakfast and lunch are also offered.
Authentic wood-fired Neapolitan pizza can be found at Veraci Pizza in Kendall Yards. This locally loved pizza could only be found at Perry District's farmers market and local events until the Kendall Yards location opened. Focaccia platters, mediterranean salads and fresh pizza pies are made in an open viewing kitchen and can be enjoyed inside or out on their patio overlooking the river and downtown Spokane. Monday thru Friday from 3-5 is happy hour. Whole pies are between $16 and $20.
Breakfast and lunch items are served at The Yards Bruncheon in a bright interior reminiscent of a 50's style diner. Local farms and producers provide the ingredients that make Yards signature comfort foods. Start your meal off with a house-made Bloody Mary or a sparkling Mimosa. Starters include breakfast nachos and deviled eggs filled with maple bacon. Follow up with a butternut squash omelet, breakfast poutine or wild huckleberry pancakes. Lunch items include: soup and salad combinations, B.L. Toad in the hole, Tur+duc+ken sliders or a roasted beet burger. The unique menu and range of prices offers something for everyone.
Modern American food and small plates can be found at the Wandering Table. Seasonal, local ingredients are showcased in their crispy cauliflower with local honey, fresh oysters from Puget Sound and pumpkin donuts. New cocktails are named after Spokane neighborhoods such as the Kendall Yard, Riverside and Balboa. While age-old favorites such as the Manhattan, Old-fashioned and Whiskey Sour can be also be enjoyed.
Nectar oppened a new location here, bringing craft beer as well as wine to Kendall Yards. Nectar features 250 different bottles of wine, 32 wines by the glass, and 120 different bottles of beer along with 16 beers on tap with plans to expand their offerings further.
Adventurous ice cream flavors such as chipotle chocolate, lemon lavender, coffee & donuts and strawberry basil stand along the chocolate and vanilla staples in the Kendall Yards location of Brain Freeze Creamery. Sandwiches and coffee can also be enjoyed under the trendy Edison bulb lighting of the interior. One of their popular specialties, the Affagato, serves up 2 shots of espresso over the ice cream of your choice. To go and vegan options are also available.
Spa Paradiso offers full day, half day and individual spa services in a tranquil setting overlooking the downtown skyline. Therapeutic massage, eyelash extensions, Botox, skin care products, hair care, men's care, a couples suite and spa parties are offered.
Marmot Art Space provides new and established artists a 400 square foot, white wall gallery. Each month a new artist, particularly Inland Northwest artists, will be showcased providing an art hub in Kendall Yards. Along with the gallery, Kendall Yards features 10 pieces of outdoor art which includes murals, sculptures, lighting and the Centennial Trail lookout fence which was created by local artists Bill and Karma Simmons, and titled "So it flows." All of these pieces of art make up the Kendall Yards art walk.
"Transport for the urban jungle" is the motto at locally owned MonkeyBoy Bicycle shop which offers chic urban transportation and clothing. City bikes, commuting accessories, and destination clothing are sold along with scooters and kicksleds. Bicycle themed gifts can also be purchased.
MOM's Custom Tattoo and Body Piercing provide tattoos and piercing in a chic setting. Large wooden cases beautifully display surgical grade jewelry while a privacy screen blends in with the artistic vibe of the interior. Artwork is displayed showing the artistic talent of the tattoo artists. The friendly faces of the women who run MOM's along with the serene interior make this shop both chic and hip.
Locally owned and operated Core Pilates & Wellness offers a complimentary movement assessment as well as co-ed and men only sessions.
Spokane's most in-depth coverage of local art and entertainment is provided by The Inlander, whose office is located in Kendall Yards. The Inlander is published every Thursday and provided free of charge at various businesses and newspaper vending machines throughout Spokane.
Future retail shops, office space and possibly a grocer are slated for the future of Kendall Yards providing everything you need to dine shop and play without leaving the community.
written by:Jennifer McCormick