Indigenous Eats

Fast, fresh and filling. These three words describe the new Native American restaurant, Indigenous Eats, that’s opening in Spokane, Washington on August 15.

Located next to Gonzaga University’s campus, Indigenous Eats serves contemporary Native American comfort food, including fry bread, Indian tacos, and desserts served with huckleberry sauce. The fry bread is also prepared using a recipe from owner Jenny Slagle’s mother.

Ingredients are sourced from locally owned Native American businesses as well.

Check out the kind of food they’re going to have on their opening menu!

Throughout the process of getting the restaurant up and running, the Slagles faced barriers that come with starting a Native-owned business such as restricted access to capital, lack of educational and networking opportunities, and the misunderstanding of the blending of Native culture and business.

However, they were able to overcome these with the help of local resources: realty services by Jesse Fox of SVN Cornerstone; financing by Craft3; and capital grant funding by Empire Health Community Advocacy Fund.

The idea for their restaurant got jumpstarted when they visited Tocabe back in 2018; a restaurant in Denver, Colorado whose menu is made from traditional Osage family recipes with elements of modern American Indian fare.

You can learn more about them on their website as well as stay up-to-date on their latest activities on Facebook and Instagram.

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