~ originally published in the Journal of Business on Feb. 2, 2012 ~
Inland Empire Restaurants LLC, which owns and operates the Manito Tap House at 3011 S. Grand Blvd. on Spokane’s South Hill, is seeking certification from the Green Restaurant Association, co-owner Patrick McPherson says.
To be certified as a sustainable, or green, restaurant, the applying business must meet minimum requirements in the categories of water efficiency, waste reduction and recycling, sustainable furnishings and building materials, sustainable food, energy, disposables, and chemical and pollution reduction, according to the Green Restaurant Association website. It also must have a recycling program, be free of Styrofoam products, and receive yearly education.
Manito Tap House’s menu items are made from scratch and primarily involve local, sustainable, and organic food products, McPherson says. The establishment also features 50 tap handles that serve craft beers, specializing in brands from the Inland Northwest and West Coast.
Manito Tap House opened last September in the 3,200-square-foot leased space that The Pear Tree Inn previously occupied. Vandervert Construction Inc., of Spokane, renovated the space, which cost $380,000, McPherson says.
McPherson owns the establishment with his wife, Jill McPherson, and business partner Denise Hanson. In addition to the owners, Manito Tap House employs 30 people, McPherson says.