Spokane Valley sprawls across roughly 38 square miles, with most dining options concentrated along Sprague Avenue rather than the parallel Trent Avenue, which recently saw the addition of Haymaker Tavern + Kitchen, taking over the former Cheap Shots space (6412 E. Trent Ave.).
Haymaker is the latest restaurant from Goodwin Group, which also includes Remedy Kitchen and Tavern, The Volstead Act, Press, Brick West Brewing Co. and Backyard Public House (Barnwood Social in East Spokane recently closed).
Befitting of its surroundings, Haymaker has an industrial vibe, with cinder block walls, corrugated metal and aged wood accents, vintage-style drop lighting, and a concrete floor. However, abundant windows ensure it’s brightly lit in the day, and a roll-up garage door offers easy access to the side patio.
The modest food menu offers appetizers, salads, handhelds, entrees and kids’ portions. Try the scratch-made soft pretzel ($11.50) or Caribbean salad with mixed greens, red onion, black beans, avocado and mandarin oranges ($7 half, $11.50 whole). The 1/3-pound buffalo blue burger is a filling choice ($16.50), or indulge in the smoked pork mac n’ cheese with a zippy green chile sauce ($16.50).
In addition to a cocktail menu, Haymaker serves its sister business Brick West Brewing Co.’s beer along with rotating craft selections. Visit haymakertavern.com.
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