Food Court Expansion


April 26, 2018 – The Kalispel Tribe is proud to announce three new food and beverage partners joining the incredible variety of already well-established dining options at Northern Quest Resort & Casino this summer. The additions to the food court area of the new Southeast expansion include Ben & Jerry’s ice cream scoop shop, Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters and Qdoba Mexican Eats. The approximately $1.5 million food court expansion is scheduled to open to the public at the end of June, as part of a larger $20 million expansion project.

“We’re excited to partner with several amazing local owners on these new dining options at Northern Quest,” says Brandon Haugen, General Manager of Kalispel Development Company. “We believe the expanded food court is the perfect gateway to tie-in our existing casino to our impressive new family friendly southeast expansion project. Ben & Jerry’s, Thomas Hammer and Qdoba will be located right next door to Kids Quest and Cyber Quest, our new hourly children’s entertainment center and arcade.” 

Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop plans to serve ice cream, milkshakes and ice cream cakes at its newest franchise location in Spokane. Local owner and franchisee Kari Conner has operated her first Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop location in downtown Spokane at Riverpark Square for the past 14 years. The new  Northern Quest location will bring about ten additional jobs and a popular dessert option to the resort. Conner will own and operate the scoop shop, while leasing space from the Kalispel Tribe. “I’m excited about the opportunity to expand Ben & Jerry’s service to the West Plains,” says Conner. “The new expansion at Northern Quest will bring kids and families to the resort, and that’s a great fit for the world’s best ice cream.”

Owned and locally operated, Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters, has been roasting quality coffee in Spokane for 25 years. Thomas Hammer grew up in Spokane and started his coffee career at the Nordstrom Coffee Bar in 1987. After graduating from Gonzaga University with a Masters degree in Business Administration, he opened Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters in 1993. To date, Thomas Hammer employs more than 120 employees throughout Washington and Idaho and serves guests at 18 different branded storefront locations. Thomas Hammer is served in countless other restaurants, as well as sold online and at a variety of retail outlets. Northern Quest will manage and operate the new location in Airway Heights, adding about ten new jobs, with local support from Thomas Hammer Coffee, whose Headquarters and Roasting Plant are located in Downtown Spokane. “We have always operated as a customer service business first, that roasts coffee second,” says Chief Executive Officer Thomas Hammer. “We are proud to be an industry leader and look for opportunities to expand our reach with community partners we respect. We’re excited to partner with the Kalispel Tribe on this new location and deliver a stellar coffee experience to all guests at Northern Quest Resort & Casino.” 

Qdoba Mexican Eats will join Fatburger as the second franchise business owned and operated by the Kalispel Tribe at Northern Quest. With approximately 1,000 square feet of space in the new food court area, Qdoba will serve a variety of Mexican food options featuring fire-grilled steak, chicken, slow-roasted brisket and ground beef, along with daily fresh-made Pico De Gallo and hand-mashed guacamole. Guests can create their own masterpiece with customizable entrées that have no limitations and top it off with a variety of salsas. With more than 725 restaurants operating in 47 states, the Qdoba at Northern Quest will be the first one located inside a casino. “We’re excited to provide a Mexican food option to the variety of dining options we have at Northern Quest,” says Haugen, “and we’re happy to add our own special blend of Kalispel Hospitality as we serve Qdoba’s already popular menu items.” Qdoba will employ approximately 25 Team Members and a management staff of five.