McCall

Is The Griddle coming to McCall? An update

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In late 2016, Boise Weekly reported The Griddle had won a fight with McCall City Council to relax rules on chain restaurants.

Now - more than a year-and-a-half later, The Griddle still isn't serving up breakfast in the mountain town.

"Regarding our potential location in McCall, we have been looking to open a Griddle location in the McCall area for quite some time," The Griddle General Manager Ashley Ferguson said. "When we are looking to open in a new location, there are many factors that we consider.  While we do hope to eventually open in McCall, all of those pieces are not yet in place."

Ferguson said a possible location hasn't yet been solidified, and they do not have an estimate on when a restaurant could open in McCall.

"We love the community of McCall and hope to open a location there when the time is right and the pieces have fallen into place," she said. "As with most of our other expansions, if it is right for us as a company, the time and the location will work itself out."

Iconic McCall breakfast restaurant listed for sale

If you've been to McCall, you've probably had a meal at the Pancake House. Pancakes, eggs and cinnamon rolls the size of a plate are all on the menu.

Now the iconic Central Idaho eatery is for sale.

For $3.1 million, the business and real estate it sits on are for sale.

The current building was constructed in 2002, replacing a smaller restaurant on site. The large 16,000 square foot building hosts the restaurant and a variety of associated businesses - including The Christmas House, which is also for sale.

The marketing flyer for the property says the Pancake House has a "20-year history" of financial growth.

The flier doesn't list a reason for the sale, and an attempt to contact the owners George and Bonnie Bertram was not successful.

Header photo: Don Day/BoiseDev.com

New Albertsons store gives McCall shoppers an upgrade

During the summer of 2017, visitors to the former Paul's Market might have felt like they were shopping in a construction zone. After being acquired by Albertsons Companies, a new store was built literally over the top of the old supermarket - and remained open for business nearly every day.

Related: Ridley's McCall gets total overhaul

Now complete, the new store features greatly expanded selection, as well as new bakery, produce, beer and fresh meat departments.  New fixtures and finishes are seen throughout the store.

The portion of the building that used to house a small amount of variety goods like clothing has been removed and replaced with an expanded two-story structure. New exterior architectural detailing matches the "log cabin" look of many buildings in the resort town.  

The store under construction last summer.

The store under construction last summer.

The expanded store feature a pharmacy for the first time, after Albertsons acquired McCall Drug and Blue Grouse Books on nearby 2nd Street. 

The store also has McCall's first Starbucks location (Shore Lodge serves a small selection of Starbucks products in its gift shop), as well as a second-floor mezzanine with outdoor seating.

Shore Lodge to close for construction; new dining options coming

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McCall's Shore Lodge will fully shut down operations for a week, starting November 13th.

Crews will swoop in after breakfast that day and knock out a number of projects - including "renovation of our two new restaurants," as well as updating detailed woodwork throughout the nearly 70-year old lodge on Payette Lake.

"We are excited for this project, as it will give a fresh new look to our common spaces," Lodge officials said in an email blast about the project.

Shore Lodge will open back up on Saturday November 18th at 7am.

Two other dining options at Shore are also being updated.

After launching the new Cutwater restaurant this summer, the resort will also reconfigure its Narrows Bar and Narrows restaurant offerings. 

The restaurant will move into the former bar space, and the bar will slide into the old restaurant space.  When it reopens in January, 2018 - the restaurant will be renamed Narrows Steakhouse. "A definitive Idaho steakhouse where the singular focus is to distinctively serve the finest food and drinks in one the most stunning dining environments anywhere," in Shore Lodge blog speak.

New Cutwater restaurant set for McCall's Shore Lodge

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Courtesy Shore Lodge

Shore Lodge will welcome a new eatery later this month, with the debut of The Cutwater.

The centerpiece of the new restaurant is a 2,000 gallon saltwater aquarium filled with tropical fish and a living coral reef.  Officials say the tank will weigh about eight tons when filled.  Crews used a crane to hoist the tank over the Lodge last month.

The restaurant will feature American fare with pricepoints for meals under $30.  It goes into a newly remodeled space on the lower level. The existing Narrows restaurant remains.

Opening night is June 16th.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served with indoor and outdoor lakefront seating.

Stinker plans new McCall store

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After a total rebuild of its gas station and convenience store in Donelly, Stinker is looking to add a location in McCall.  

The Boise-based c-store chain is in the pre-application process to build a 4,000 square foot store at the corner of Lake St. (Highway 55) and Boydstun St. 

At the suggestion of McCall city planners, the building will face Lake St., with four Sinclair Oil-branded gas pumps behind. Stinker officials say they may also include a laundromat. 

The idea for the station is to provide fueling services on the west side of McCall, which could encourage drivers to use the McCall bypass route that runs from Deinhard Lane on the south side of the city to Boydstun St. on the north. City planning and zoning officials agree that the new station could help alleviate some congestion in downtown McCall, which can be clogged with drivers, pedestrians and cyclists on popular summer and Winter Carnival weekends.  

The project could move forward later this year. 

Albertsons expands in McCall, buys popular drugstore

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Albertsons continues to remodel the stores it acquired from Paul's Market - including the McCall store on Lake St.  

The location is undergoing a large expansion on the site, and the current building is seeing a significant remodel, with new fixtures, finishes and inventory. The portion of the building that used to house a small amount of variety goods like clothing has been removed and replaced with an expanded structure. New exterior architectural detailing matches the "log cabin" look of many buildings in the resort town.  

The expanded store will feature a pharmacy for the first time, as Albertsons has acquired McCall Drug and Blue Grouse Books on nearby 2nd Street. That location has been converted to a small Albertsons/Savon pharmacy, but will relocate to the former Paul's building later this year, according to employees with McCall Drug.  

The store will also have McCall's first Starbucks location (Shore Lodge serves a small selection of Starbucks products in its gift shop), as well as a second floor mezzanine and the usual Albertsons array of produce, meats and floral department features. 

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Remodel war zone

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Former McCall Drug

BW: More chain restaurants headed for McCall?

A summer meal at The Narrows at Shore Lodge. Yes, it was delicious.  

A summer meal at The Narrows at Shore Lodge. Yes, it was delicious.  

Great reporting by BoiseWeekly on a law most probably didn't know about.  The City of McCall has an ordinance on the books that limits the number of "chain restaurants to 10% of the overall eateries in the resort town.

That means Subway, Moxie Java, KB's, Chapala & Stax are the only restaurants allowed in the town that have locations elsewhere. Kindof a strange ordiance right?

BW cites Star-News reporting that says P&Z in the town has voted to change course.  That could mean SE Boise favorite The Griddle could be soon open in Alpine Village - giving breakfast competition to popular (and often crowded) The Pancake House.