Dutch's building, located at 415 W. Main in downtown Spokane is getting a new lease on life with new owner Bobby Brett.
Brett, the owner of both the Spokane Chiefs and Indians sports franchises has purchased the century-old building with plans to restore the building to its glory days.
"You just see the character and history of the building, we decided to make the plunge," Brett said.
Brett bought the three-story building last week. While the second and third floors have a long-term tenant, the closure of Dutch's pawn shop last month means the first floor and basement are a blank canvas.
"I'm hoping we can get some restaurants on the ground level, and also some retail establishments," Brett said, adding there is already interest from potential clients.
Brett hopes to renovate the building and restore key elements, like old maple floors that he believes are original to the building. He also hopes to salvage the original tin ceilings from the building and restore them. Brett also has big plans for the front of the historic building.
"Hopefully we can get into a situation the first of the year, that we can put a new historic storefront on to make the building happy again," he said.
With a 721-room hotel being built across the street, Brett's glad he close to do business on this block.
"It's going to be a good place to be, I always say, when Walt Worthy's doing something, just get out of his way," he said.