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Community & Family
It all started at The downtown Onion Bar & Grill when we opened in 1978…..


Kids Programs
It all started at The downtown Onion Bar & Grill when we opened in 1978…..


Giving Back
The following local programs also receive time, money and contributions each year…


Our Crew
Our Crewmembers and Owners have been donating…


Community & Family

It all started at The downtown Onion Bar & Grill when we opened in 1978. The Onion location, at that time, was considered to be in a “rough” part of town.  The needs of the homeless were obvious to our founder Larry Brown.  The ability to help these unfortunate people out by bringing them into the facility became nearly impossible.  The need for a new way to help became imperative. It was decided that every year we would donate and raise money to help those less fortunate than ourselves, and this tradition is stronger today than ever before.

The generosity continues to grow today through voluntary employee payroll deductions with an owner match program. Our owners and crew often volunteer to assist in the distribution of these community donations and are proud to be a local business leader in these efforts. Several hundred thousand dollars and countless hours have been given back to our community through these efforts since 1978.

The Onion Bar & Grill and Franks Diners are substantial donors for The Spokesman Review Christmas Fund. Our downtown locations see the direct hardships that fall upon the homeless and hungry.  It is often difficult to help on a daily basis which led us to seek out the Spokesman Review Christmas Fund and other local charities. Chosen organizations must demonstrate that 100% of the money raised will help Spokane’s homeless. Are crew and owners are honored to be substantial provider of a program that provides food, clothing, and shelter for hundreds in need.

Kids Programs

Dive deep into our community’s heart with our Amazing Kids Program! We’re not just active; we’re passionately engaged in our local schools. Every year, we proudly distribute thousands of “AMAZING KIDS” gift cards to our dedicated local teachers. But these aren’t just any cards; they’re a passport to a delightful free ice cream sundae at The Onion!

From the eager kindergarteners to the ambitious 5th graders, teachers use these cards to spotlight and celebrate a student whenever exemplary behavior shines through. There’s truly nothing more uplifting for a child than being recognized in front of their peers. Our program doesn’t just offer a sweet treat; it equips our teachers with a powerful tool for positive reinforcement. And the impact? It’s been monumental! In 2011 alone, we joyfully delivered over 10,000 gift cards, making waves in schools throughout Spokane and its neighboring areas.

Giving Back

Since 2001, Landmark Restaurants of Spokane, operating under the renowned names of The Onion Bar & Grill and Frank’s Diners, has been more than just a place to dine. We’ve been a beacon of hope, support, and generosity for our community.

Our dedicated crew and owners have consistently poured their time, resources, and hearts into a myriad of local programs, ensuring that our commitment to giving back touches as many lives as possible. Here are some of the cherished organizations and causes we’ve been honored to support:

Pro Start Culinary
2nd Harvest Inland Northwest
Women’s & Children’s Free Restaurant
Volunteers of America
Olive Crest
Ronald McDonald House
Inland NW Candle lighters
Children’s Village Foundation
Spokane Neighborhood Action Program (SNAP)
Union Gospel Mission
Hospice of Spokane
Vanessa Behan
Department of Social & Health Services
Spokane Suburban North Lions Club
Spokane Guilds’ School


Our crew

Since 1978, our dedicated Crewmembers and Owners have showcased an unwavering commitment to our community. Through voluntary payroll deductions, magnified by a generous owner match, they’ve been the driving force behind our legacy of giving.

To everyone in Spokane, the neighboring regions, our global travelers, and the media fraternity: Your support and trust have been invaluable. We wear our title with immense pride – Spokane’s longest-standing locally owned and operated restaurant company. Here’s to many more years of serving and giving back to the community that has given us so much!

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