If you've been watching Seattle chef Jason Stratton on Top Chef this season, you have another Washingtonian to pull for. Chef Chad White, who was born in Spokane, will return with a restaurant called Native Post & Provisions, set to open in late spring or early summer. White will primarily work in Spokane, but he's closing neither his San Diego restaurant Craft Pizza Company nor his Tijuana spot La Justina. He'll split time between the two areas.
"I'm getting back to my roots and celebrating the local food of the inland Northwest," White says. He expects Native to include a wood-fired grill that will cook 90 percent of the food in the restaurant, including whole-roasted vegetables, local fish, larger cuts of dry-aged beef, and "a lot of game."
White says he's currently searching for the right location, and he needs it to be turnkey. He's also hoping to eventually open a ceviche restaurant and a tostada spot, both in Spokane. "If I'm not running around like a chicken with my head cut off, I'm really bored, and that's not good for anybody," White says. He's hosting a sold-out preview dinner next month, and is planning another for March, though the details aren't set yet. And he hinted at possibly collaborating with fellow contestant Stratton on a Seattle dinner.