Report: Local economy returning to pre-recession levels

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by MIKE GONZALEZ & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 18, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 18 at 9:32 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Economists predict 2014 will be a good year in the Inland Northwest.  Optimism was running high at three new local businesses.

With its signature burgers, tasty brews and plenty of basketball on the big screens, business was reportedly bouncing at the new Waddell's off Five mile.

“People love that we’re here - love that something new is here,” said Waddell’s General Manager Chris Noble.

The sentiment was much the same at Burracho taco and tequila bar on Main and Division in Downtown Spokane.  While Monday nights aren't one of their busiest ones, the general manager said people are spending money and that he was looking forward the warmer months.

According the Spokane Journal of Business, the local economy is returning to pre-recession levels.  Overall, Spokane area economists are expecting job growth in 2014.
   
That growth is what former City Councilman Bob Apple is counting on.
     
Apple and a partner opened the Somewhere Sports Bar off 57th and Regal on the South Hill earlier this year.
   
“The regulations are probably twice what they were compared to 20, 30 years ago and it's very tough…[but] yes I'm hopeful Spokane is looking for a bright future,” Apple said.
   
People with the restaurants all said they expect business to pick up even more as we head into the warmer months.
 

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