Phinney Market Pub and Eatery will open in August.

Photo: Phinney Market Pub via Facebook

Named for the shuttered market that formerly occupied the same space at 5918 Phinney Ave N, the Phinney Market Pub and Eatery (first mentioned on the Phinneywood blog in March) will open late this summer. It’s the first restaurant project from Phinney residents Caleb and Jaimee Papineau, according to Mercia Sheets, the pub’s chef.

The plan is to create a neighborhood hangout with a play section for the kiddies—young folk being so abundant in Phinney Ridge—but with upscale offerings too: On top of burgers and steaks, the dinner menu includes dishes like pea shoot risotto with chicken, an almond-crusted salmon with honey-lavender beurre blanc, and grilled balsamic tofu with grilled veggies and quinoa. A daily specials board will focus on local ingredients and give Sheets the chance to dabble and experiment.

Sheets moved to Seattle for the gig—she has toiled in a number of Spokane kitchens. Among them: Madeleine’s, Palm Court in the Daveport Hotel, and Luna Restaurant. Sheets says the pub will be open seven days a week, with espresso and pastries in the morning, lunch and dinner services, and a bar menu available from 3 to 5pm and 10 to close daily. When it opens, the Phinney Market Pub will offer beer and wine only: 10 taps and an "extensive" wine lists with Northwest and old world bottles. Down the road, Sheets says, the bar program will include spirits and cocktails as well.

If construction moves along on schedule, the Phinney Market Pub will have a soft opening the first week in August, with the grand event planned for the following week.

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