One hundred years ago, the massive coal-fueled furnaces inside the Steam Plant burned hot and bright, day and night, to warm the city’s core. Now, the only fire burning there is fed with the wood of apple trees, heating the newly remodeled Steam Plant Kitchen’s stone-hearth pizza oven. Pizza is one of many new features on the menu of the re-envisioned restaurant and brewery housed inside the historic brick building topped by the iconic twin smoke stacks visible across the cityscape. In fact, nothing from the menu of the restaurant’s former iteration, Stacks at Steam Plant, remains since the venue emerged from a nearly seven-month-long, $4 million refresh of its interior space, equipment and menu. The newly named Steam Plant Kitchen + Brewery now serves what its new manager John Lockhart describes as “polished casual” fare. The restaurant’s culinary team, led by chef Steve Leonard, another new hire and Le Cordon Bleu Paris-trained industry vet who comes to Spokane by way of Chicago, is employing techniques in the kitchen such as sous vide (vacuum-sealed food slow-cooked in a low heat water bath), rotisserie and other scratch-cooking practices u...