~ originally published in the Journal of Business on Sept. 22, 2011 ~
GTM 2011 LLC, which does business as The Tailgater, has opened in 10,000 square feet of leased space across from the Spokane Arena, at 1221 N. Howard.
Season Ticket Sports, Spirits & Grub previously occupied the space.
Co-owners Jenn Mitchell, Clark Goff, and Kyla Goff decided to open The Tailgater when the location across from the arena became available to lease, Kyla Goff says.
The Tailgater is primarily a sports bar and features flat-screen televisions, the Spokane Comedy Club, and a banquet room that can seat about 125 people, Goff says.
The menu includes wraps, sandwiches, wings, burgers, salads, and homemade kettle chips. The business employs 13 people, including Mitchell and the Goffs.
In addition to The Tailgater, the Goffs also own Sweet Beans Coffee, at 1602 N. Ash. They plan to become a sponsor to the Spokane Chiefs and work with the Spokane Arena on other promotions to help grow their business, Goff says.