SPOKANE, Wash. - The Dutch's Building on Main Avenue downtown continues to undergo its restoration and will soon be home to some familiar local restaurants.
Just five months after purchasing the Dutch's Building, new owners Bobby Brett and Chris Batten are already making some big progress on the renovation.
"It's kind of exciting to finally see some things happening right now," Brett said.
There's still much work to be done and spaces to fill. One of the unknowns is what this basement will become.
"It has a tremendous history, down in that basement, of the prohibition years, one of the rumors was kind of a place where they were drinking alcohol when it was outlawed at that particular time," Brett said.
Deb Green is hoping to bring that time back to life when she and her two kids open Durkin's Liquor Bar in July, a saloon similar to the one that Spokane liquor tycoon Jimmie Durkin owned in the 1800s.
"We're going to be in the exact same location of 15 West Main and one of the interesting things about it is the original ceiling tiles, the tin tiles that were the ceiling of his salon are still in the location," Green said.
She's also moving their other restaurant, Madeleine's Café, right next door. Madeleine's, which is currently located two blocks away, will reopen at its new location in October.
"We're looking forward to the courtyard in the backyard. It will be all fenced in. We're going to have a nice little fireplace back there, great outdoor seating," Green said.
It's a plan that Brett hopes will bring something new to that area of downtown.
"I think it's going to be something everybody can be proud of," he said.
As for some of the other vacant spots in the building, Brett said he would like to see a retail spot, maybe even possibly a hair salon.