Spokane Vegan Restaurant Inspired by the Pacific Northwest.
RÜT (pronounced “root”) opened Spring 2019 in Spokane’s South Hill neighborhood. The Modern American-style Gastropub features vegan and vegetarian comfort food as well as some healthier vegan options, alongside craft cocktails and a curated beer and wine menu. Founders Justin Oliveri and Josh Lorenzen have been a team since their youth, and they profess a devotion to both the food culture and natural beauty of the area. On their days off the duo can usually be found rock climbing or enjoying other activities the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Their passion and connection is reflected in the restaurant itself, which encourages patrons to stay awhile with its modern, plant-filled interior that features thoughtful lighting, natural textures, and paintings by local artist Hazel Miller.
A Unique Approach
RÜT was created not only by the owners’ deep friendship and vegan diets, but also their substantial experience in the food industry. After working at Mizuna circa 2011, Chef Josh Lorenzen joined the Bijou Cafe in downtown Portland, eventually becoming their Sous Chef. Meanwhile, Oliveri found success as co-owner of Cascadia Public House, which won “Best New Restaurant of the Year 2017-18” (located in the North Spokane Five Mile neighborhood). At RÜT, Lorenzen plays the role of Executive Chef while Oliveri thrives as Chief Operator. Together they offer an artistic, conscientious, yet approachable vegan dining experience.
all are welcome
You do not have to be vegan to eat vegan food! RÜT encourages people from all walks of life (and all diets) to stop in and try our food and drinks. Some of RÜT’s regulars do not have strict vegan diets but enjoy many items on the menu. We have Spokane’s best vegan burger and vegan Mac & Cheese. We also offer local vegan ice cream that you don’t want to miss. Whether you are looking for Spokane’s best vegan restaurant, casual vegetarian food, or a comfortable place to get great food and a beer, make RÜT your South Hill eating destination.
Through the appreciation of plants and real food, RÜT is dedicated to the health of the Earth and all of its inhabitants. We are committed to creating a safe, welcoming space where progress may take root.