Spokane Parks Restaurant Locations Reopen for the Season

Media: Fianna Dickson, 625.6297. Parks & Recreation: 311 or 509.755.2489

Friday, May 28, 2021 at 1:57 p.m.

Lancer Hospitality, a seasoned and trusted culinary partner that offers personalized, innovative and locally-inspired cuisine for every occasion, today announced that it has been named the exclusive food and beverage partner for Spokane Parks & Recreation.

Spokane Parks & Recreation offers three unique food concepts in partnership with Lancer Hospitality – all of which are open and ready to safely serve guests this season. The locations include:

  • Sky Ribbon Café: enjoy a skate on the Numerica Skate Ribbon or a cruise on the Numerica SkyRide, and pair it with pizza, burgers and deli items from this recently refurbished location
  • Dwight Merkel Sports Complex: functioning as a community gathering spot for local schools and sports leagues, this location offers a variety of sandwiches, ice cream and snacks 
  • Manito Park Bench Cafe: enjoy a sandwich, salad or coffee while exploring the nostalgic Manito park

Lancer Hospitality will also provide food and beverage services for the renovated Pavilion at Riverfront. Located in Riverfront Park, the Pavilion is a central gathering place for the Spokane region, hosting a variety of events from award ceremonies, to concerts, to graduations.

Lancer Hospitality is proud to provide locally-inspired cuisine through a variety of partnerships with community vendors, such as: Angus Meats, Alpine Bakery, Roast House, Charlie's Produce and more. With the Spokane Parks & Recreation restaurant locations adding approximately 20 new full-time and part-time positions for the community – and plans for that number to increase to about 50 in the coming months – Lancer Hospitality is proud to be a deeply ingrained institution in the city of Spokane.



  • Sky Ribbon Café at Riverfront Park | 507 N Howard St, Spokane
    • Open from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily through June 18th, when the transition to summer hours of 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. begins.
  • Dwight Merkel Sports Complex | 5701 N. Assembly St, Spokane
    • Open as needed to support event activity.
  • Manito Park Bench Café | 1928 S. Tekoa St, Spokane
    • Now open Friday - Sunday, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. – starting Memorial Day weekend, the café will be open seven days per week, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.




Founded in 1976 by two college friends, Glenn Baron and Steve Craver, Lancer has evolved over the past 30 years from its humble beginnings as an entrepreneur-founded ice cream food truck company into a multidisciplinary national food service management firm with locations in seven states. Lancer was acquired by Elior North America in 2017, a family of distinct hospitality companies with more than 50 years of industry experience and 20,000 team members, but continues to operate as a trusted culinary partner within the local communities it has served for generations. More information on Lancer Hospitality can be found by visiting ?lancerhospitality?.com or by following Lancer Hospitality on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.