OUR STORY – The Onion Taphouse and Grill

An Iconic Spokane Restaurant Still Serving Up Good for the Community

There are only a handful of premier landmark restaurants in our region that help shape and define Spokane, and The Onion Taphouse and Grill is one of them. A member of GSI for over four decades, The Onion was first introduced to downtown Spokane in 1976.

Ken Belisle, the President and Managing Partner for Landmark Restaurants, has overseen the entire company since 2001. His wife Christy Belisle oversees the marketing, landscaping and remodeling projects. Landmark owns and operates both The Onion Taphouse & Grill and both Franks Diners in Spokane.

The Onion Taphouse and Grill has been a landmark restaurant in Spokane since 1976.

The Onion Taphouse and Grill brings fresh, natural, local products to its guests. With the explosion of local craft breweries, the restaurant expanded its taps featuring fresh local craft products. Thus, Area 51 Taphouse at The Onion was born. The Onion’s Area 51 differentiates itself by supplying customers with the finest on-tap beverages daily by using a distinctive and massive 45 rotating tap handle “Fresh Sheet.” The Onion chefs also work to seek out fresh, natural, local, and sustainable products.

Landmark Restaurants has been named Best of the City for The Onion Taphouse and Grill and Frank’s Diner.

The restaurant works to be the employer of choice. 100% of the core crewmembers have returned to work and with business thriving, the company is looking forward to adding to the Landmark family in the coming weeks as they prepare for summer and is currently hiring. Families are welcome throughout the facility, with banquet space and private dining areas available for a wide range of events.

The Onion’s Area 51 Taphouse rotates over 1,000 local, regional, and national craft ales, lagers, and ciders every year.

For more information visit The Onion at

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