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Don Chareunsy


Spokane, WA, United States

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Past articles by Don:

Bringing jazz back: Late-night destination Emma Rue’s adds more live music to its menu of coffee, food, desserts and craft cocktails

When owners Aaron Hein and Alyssa Agee officially opened Emma Rue’s in downtown Spokane the first week in January, they brought coffee (Emma Rue’s soft opened as a café in November), craft cocktails, food and desserts served late into the night to the culinary scene. → Read More

The Smashing Pumpkins’ Spirits on Fire tour with Jane’s Addiction headlines Spokane Arena on Nov. 9

Have you “Been Caught Stealing”? Well, it’s time to break out your CDs of “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness” and “Siamese Dream” … or, you know, stream the albums again. It was announced this morning that the Smashing Pumpkins’ Spirits on Fire Tour is coming to Spokane Arena on Nov. 9. → Read More

Luck of the Irish: O’Doherty’s Grille downtown celebrates 30 years of Reubens, Guinness, songs and $1 bills

To meet husband-and-wife Tim O’Doherty and Sandra “Sam” O’Doherty, owners of O’Doherty’s Irish Grille, is to feel immediately at home with their warmth, Irish comfort food classics – Reuben sandwiches, fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, stew and shepherd’s pie – and Tim’s infectious social gregariousness. → Read More

Waking up in Vegas: Resorts World, Virgin Hotels and Circa Resort are new to Sin City, and here's what WCC and Pac-12 fans can expect at each

I consider Spokane and Las Vegas home. I moved back to Spokane in April 2019 for a job at The Spokesman-Review, and I am a graduate of Gonzaga University. My sister, niece and nephew live in the Lilac City (my sister also is a Gonzaga alumnus), and I love Spokane. I lived in Las Vegas from 2008-2019. → Read More

Review: Oh, what a night at ‘Jersey Boys’ at First Interstate Center for the Arts

In an embarrassment of riches, I’ve seen the Tony Award-winning musical “Jersey Boys” at least three times during its headliner residency runs at the Palazzo and the Paris in Las Vegas, so I was greatly looking forward to seeing the latest touring production in Spokane on its opening night Friday. → Read More

10 under $10 for Dec. 24-31 – Questmas Village, 'Cup of Joy,' Broken Mic and Mochi Fest

Questmas Village – Northern Quest Resort & Casino, 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights. Featuring giant characters in a variety of winter scenes, including a snowman village with Santa, skiing penguins and bigfoot popping his head out of a Christmas present. → Read More

Melissa Etheridge and Hinder add concert dates at Northern Quest

Alternative rockers Hinder have announced a Jan. 27 concert date at Northern Quest Resort & Casino’s Pend Oreille Pavilion stage, while rock icon Melissa Etheridge will take the stage in Airway Heights on April 6. Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m., and tickets go on sale at 9 a.m. Friday at → Read More

Spokane’s Ricky Webster wins ‘Snoop & Martha’s Very Tasty Halloween’ on Peacock TV

To quote the incomparable RuPaul, “You’re a winner, baby!” Ru could certainly have been referring to Spokane chef, baker, Rind and Wheat owner and new The Spokesman-Review weekly Food columnist Ricky Webster, who has just won his fourth cooking competition in four years. → Read More

Roger Daltrey, Sublime With Rome + Lifehouse, Old Dominion added to Northern Quest’s outdoor concerts

Northern Quest's outdoor summer concert lineup on Monday added three artists: Roger Daltrey of the Who, Sublime With Rome and Lifehouse and Old Dominion with Caitlyn Smith. → Read More

New shows announced for Billy Idol, Jeff Dunham, Dinosaur Jr. in Spokane

Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and legendary punk rock icon Billy Idol have been added to the 2021 Pepsi Outdoor Summer Concerts lineup at Northern Quest Resort & Casino. → Read More

Eric Church brings ‘The Gather Again Tour’ to Spokane Arena on April 16, 2022

Fresh off performing the national anthem before Super Bowl 55 on Feb. 7, Eric Church announced this morning his “The Gather Again Tour” of arenas with 55 North American dates that will kick off this fall. → Read More

Running Tab: Reopening, love and food are reasons to celebrate in Spokane

I’m an eternal optimist despite being a lifelong journalist, and I am in a hopeful mood with the positive news that has recently seasoned Spokane’s culinary scene. It’s a baby step, but I am relieved that restaurants have been allowed to reopen at 25% capacity again. → Read More

Indie singer-songwriter Casey Ryan is Breedlove Guitars’ Featured Artist for 2021

The new year is off to a solid start for indie singer-songwriter Casey Ryan, who spent his formative years in Idaho and Spokane and launched his music career in the Inland Northwest: Ryan, 31, has been selected by Breedlove Guitars to be the company’s Featured Artist for 2021. → Read More

Running Tab: Looking back at and forward to the Spokane area food scene

The year 2020 was unlike any other, to say the least, but one thing that stood out was the innovation, talent and perseverance of the culinary and hospitality industry in Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and the surrounding areas. Restaurants and bars have closed, reopened and closed again, with the hope of reopening in January in Washington → Read More

Eva Roberts' Just Desserts: Spokane Valley small-business owner achieves success in long career, on 'Holiday Baking Championship'

Eva Roberts opened her bakery Just American Desserts in Spokane Valley in 1986, and it’s safe to say in her 34 years as a small-business owner, 2020 has been one of the most memorable. Despite the pandemic, business has been strong for the diversified Just American Desserts, for which Roberts is very thankful (“We’ve been very lucky during the pandemic,” she said). → Read More

Difference Maker: Chad White wants to help Save the 509

What a difference four years makes. “When I opened Zona Blanca in 2016, I was on unemployment,” chef and restaurateur Chad White said Dec. 15 at the new location of his ceviche restaurant and oyster bar, which is set to open in mid-January in the downtown Holley-Mason Building after the recent COVID-19 shutdown delayed a December debut. → Read More

Three Washington cities, including Spokane, rank as top U.S. places for beer drinkers

Beer has proven to be a welcome libation during the pandemic, and through the first half of 2020, beer sales in the U.S. increased about 16% compared to the same period in 2019, according to SmartAsset. However, some cities are better than others when it comes to availability, prices and variety of beer. → Read More

Burning bright: Bored during the pandemic, Ethan Heffernan, 13, started NorthSide Candle Co. in July

The idea came to 13-year-old Ethan Heffernan after attending the Indian Trail market with his mom, Leslie Heffernan. There were not a lot of vendors at the market, so why not start his own small business doing something he already enjoyed and join the other local entrepreneurs at the event, he said. → Read More

Spokane is named a top foodie destination; also worthy of thanks – fried chicken, Thai food, pho

According to, the latest dining hotspots are not always in the expected cities – Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Portland, blah, blah, blah – and the blog has named “five remarkable and unexpected foodie destinations that are wowing those with an appetite for the unknown,” with our own Lilac City making the list. → Read More

Spokane’s Ricky Webster is dual winner in 2020 Real California Pizza Competition

What an autumn it has been for pastry chef turned entrepreneur Ricky Webster of Spokane. Webster opened his first business, the gourmet cheese and artisan bakery Rind and Wheat, in Browne’s Addition in October. Then on Wednesday afternoon, he learned that he won not once but twice in the 2020 Real California Pizza Competition. → Read More