Construction crews revamping historic Globe Building in Spokane



Posted on August 21, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 25 at 10:05 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.— An historic building in Downtown Spokane is getting a long overdue update. The new owners of the vacant Globe building said they have big plans for the second and third floor.

A group of local investors recently bought the vacant building space on the corner of Division and Main Avenue. Owners told KREM 2 News that the building’s top floors will get their first renovation in decades in attempt to bring business upstairs too.

The building used to house the Globe Bar and Grille. It closed in 2012.

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The new owners confirmed on Wednesday that a new bar is moving into the space. James Fountain said his new bar will be inspired by England and look similar to a gyro shop.

"There isn't a lot of local craft beer going on here right now, which is what we want to do in this front portion," said Fountain.

The back portion of the space will become a lounge and dance club on the weekends according to Fountain. However, he would not disclose the name or business plan but hinted by saying “think Vegas.”

Fountain and his business partner Ryan Bates also own the neighboring Blind Buck.

The new bar at Division and Main is all part of a large plan for the Globe building.  Owner Kevin Edwards said he and his investors are putting $1.5 million dollars into renovating the second and third floors. Those floors were previous used as the Globe Hotel, but have been vacant for 30 years.

Early plans called for 20,000 square feet of industrial office space or multi-family housing.

Fountain said both options will help this stretch of the University District stand out in Spokane.