SPOKANE, Wash. --- A Spokane family known for their restaurants plans to open a turn-of-the-century style diner in downtown Spokane this summer.
Deb Green and her daughter, Megan VanStone, teamed up to create their first restaurant, Madeleine’s Café & Patisserie, in 2007. Four years later, the Deb’s son, Ben Poffenroth, joined the family business and together they opened Casper Fry in the Perry District.
The new restaurant – to be named Durkin’s Liquor Bar after Spokane liquor tycoon, Jimmie Durkin – will have the feel of a turn-of-the-century saloon. In fact, Durkin once owned the building where the restaurant is going in. The owners are paying tribute to that era by restoring the original tin ceiling and adding details like vintage Victorian chandeliers and dark leather and wood.
“I’m not saying that we’re opening a speakeasy, but that will be the feel,” Green said. “It’ll just kind of have the same feel of what it had back then at the turn of the century and pre-Prohibition.”
Right next to the space for Durkin’s Liquor Bar, they are building a new Madeleine’s with an outdoor patio in the back. VanStone said they are eager to design it the way that functions best for the café, especially now that they have more insight than they did when they opened Madeleine’s as their first restaurant.
“It’s gonna be really exciting to do what we maybe didn’t know then,” VanStone said. “And we’re gonna have an awesome outdoor patio space.”
They hope to open Durkin’s Liquor Bar sometime this summer and move Madeleine’s to its new location this fall.