SPOKANE, Wash. – The city of Spokane opens doors to a new café next to the fountain at Riverfront Park at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.
The project stemmed from the need for permanent restrooms next to the fountain. The Parks and Recreation Department decided to add concessions to help pay off construction costs. Crews broke ground on the project in November.
Riverfront Park food and beverage supervisor Sam Song said the menu has something for everyone: from traditional burgers to shrimp tacos and gourmet grilled cheese. Every item on the menu at the Fountain Café costs less than $10.
“People are going to like it,” Song said. “They’re going to be surprised by how much we put into designing the menu and presentation to serve them.”
The Fountain Café has a special kids menu and soft-serve ice cream. For adults, the café will serve local beer from Northern Lights and Golden Hills in addition to local wine. The alcohol will have to stay inside a designated area outside that’s designed to feel like a European-style sidewalk café.
Song said, ambitiously, he believes the project will pay for itself in about three years. With the help of a 10-year Pepsi sponsorship, the café will start making the city money that will go directly to the city’s general fund. The all-city-employee staff will not accept tips.