Ruins remain open, move to downtown Spokane
More than a month after Ruins on Monroe Street announced its final closure, beloved restaurant Spokane is back, but in a different location.
Owner Tony Brown has moved Ruins into the Bickett Building, 225 W. Riverside Ave., in downtown Spokane. Brown’s other restaurant, Hunt, is located in the basement of the Bickett Building.
“I kind of always had the idea of moving the ruins,” Brown said, adding that the Monroe Street location had limited space. “I thought we might one day grow to a bigger place. “
The new house at Ruins is “more equipped for a greater number of people,” said Brown.
“It just felt a little natural to move it,” he said.
McRuins, who is Brown’s take on fast food favorites, moved from Saranac Commons in downtown Spokane to the old Ruins location at 825 N. Monroe St.
“Everything moved like musical chairs,” said Brown, referring to the restaurants.
Ruins staff will remain the same in downtown Spokane, Brown said.
“I’ve had pretty much the same staff for almost 10 years,” he said. “The staff who now work at Ruins Downtown are pretty much the same staff. It’s the same people, the same food, the same drinks, but in a different space.
Brown founded Ruins in 2014, and the restaurant quickly gained notoriety for its craft cocktails, small plates, and revolving eclectic menu.
Ruins has been featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” by Guy Fieri and “Guy’s Grocery Games” on the Food Network.
Ruins is open Wednesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. with plans to possibly extend hours in the future, Brown said.
The Bickett Building was renovated in 2014 by developer Jed Conklin, who is a former photographer for The Spokesman-Review.
Built in 1905, it is part of the Downtown East Historic District and is listed on the Spokane Register of Historic Places.