Food

Boise Airport offers honor system for coffee & bagels

Coffee meets bagel meets... put your cash in the box?

If you've hopped a flight at the Boise Airport recently, you might have noticed the self-serve coffee and bagel carts.  Grab some joe and a roll and drop your cash in a box and off you go.

It turns out the kiosks are a way to help cut down lines in the morning.

"The Boise Airport and Delaware North worked together to offer a coffee and bagel honor system in the Boise Airport," Boise Airport Marketing Manager Sean Briggs said. "The station is set up during peak times during morning travel as a way to alleviate pressure on the line, and create a grab and go option for travelers who want drip coffee and a plain bagel."

You might wonder if folks would be tempted to swipe free product - but Briggs said that hasn't been a problem.

"This is something that has been in place for nearly two years and has worked well. The airport and Delaware North has not experienced issues with theft."

There are two grab-and-go stations - one near Einstein Bros. Bagels and another by River City Coffee & Cafe.

Header photo: Kara Jackson/BoiseDev.com

 

First look: Albertsons puts focus on food, fresh and local with new store

In 1939, Joe Albertson opened a 10,000 square foot grocery store in Boise at 16th St. and State St. with about 30 employees and $12,000 in his own cash and investment. The store was packed with then-novel features, like a magazine rack, fresh flowers and an ice cream bar.  

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Now, nearly 80 years later, the retailer is opening its latest store - a grocery showplace Albertson likely wouldn't be able to fathom all those decades ago. It is nearly seven times as large as that first store, and employs 260 people and cost more than $7.2 million to build.

The store at 1219 S. Broadway Ave. replaces a smaller market torn down on the same block earlier this year - and is the last Idaho store the chain owns to be remodeled or replaced in the last few years.

"Joe was an innovator," Albertsons Division President John Colgrove, who worked with the company founder said. "Things like bringing a magazine rack, the household goods… it was all innovative in his time. I think if Joe saw this store today, he’d say two words: 'well done.'"

The store echoes some of those themes from eight decades ago - and in fact, will open on the 79th anniversary of the first store opening - this Saturday at 10am.

Unlike a normal store

The location is striking in the variety of items that are not typically found in an Albertsons - or most grocers for that matter.

During a tour Thursday morning for BoiseDev - dozens of employees were working on final touches ahead of this weekend's opening events.

Wall of rosé. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Wall of rosé. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

The beer and wine selection are among the largest in Idaho, according to Colgrove - including one whole rack features just rosé wines. A case of rare wines is also featured, with price points up over $700.

This location is similar in shape and position to a nearby Whole Foods at Broadway and Myrtle, but Colgrove said his store stands apart.

"Of course we will have the full assortment of natural and organic offerings. We also a full line of mainstream national items as well as countless local items. We’ve canvassed the entire community. There's literally hundreds and hundreds of items that are only in this store."

Local focus

Local products include Teton Valley Beands chips and Bucksnort soda. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Local products include Teton Valley Beands chips and Bucksnort soda. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Albertsons Broadway features more local products than the average store in the chain - and Colgrove says his team worked to source items that aren't usually available at retail from across Idaho.

“They went down to the Saturday morning market and met a lot of the individuals down there that were selling their items. We asked a lot of them if they were interested in coming into the stores."

Local items include Bucksnort Root Beer, MFT sauces, Teton Valley Brands Idaho Real Potato Chips and others.

Eating options: in-store, on-the-go, cook at home

Workers prep the upcoming wood-fired pizza station. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Workers prep the upcoming wood-fired pizza station. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Albertsons Broadway features a large array of options for food. It will be the first Idaho store to feature Plated meal kits, which Albertsons acquired last year.  The kits allow shoppers to grab a meal kit with nearly all the ingredients they need to cook at home.  

The store also has a selection of meals ready to heat and eat at home.

But a unique focus is the number of options for people who want to chow down on site.  An upstairs seating area with TVs, a full liquor bar and outdoor patio will give shoppers more of a restaurant experience - complete with table service.  

If a proposal for a baseball park to be built by Boise State comes to fruition, it will be viewable from the deck.

That bar - called Broadway on the Rocks - is designed for the neighborhood to grab a bite and stay a while.

"It's clean and modern, a beautiful space to hang out," Albertsons Communications and Community Relations Manager Kathy Holland said. "We are hoping this will invite people to have a drink with friends, or have dinner or grab a bite and have coffee right here in the store. It really is a gathering space in the community."

Concierge

The new concierge area awaits final touches. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

The new concierge area awaits final touches. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

A newly-hired concierge will provide a way for customers to have one contact and tie together all the various options in the store for parties and gatherings.

"We schedule a consultation with them and figure out every aspect of their party," concierge manager Jordan Saenz said. "From catering, floral, bakery, beer and wine. We figure out every department that can be of assistance to them.”

Saenz says the service will first be marketed to local businesses for meetings and functions.

"For catered lunches, box lunches, salads - community members not wanting to cook for a backyard BQ, party or a wedding. Eventually, we will do a lot of weddings and wedding receptions.”

Why now?

A typical store aisle with the fish market and butcher block in the background.

A typical store aisle with the fish market and butcher block in the background.

The company chose this site for a showcase store for a variety of reasons, according to Colgrove.

“The store (that was here) has been here since 1959," he said. "Although it served the community for several years, the footprint was too small to keep up with the expanded categories and expanded offerings consumers have come to expect.

He said the investment in naming rights to nearby Albertsons Stadium and the partnership with Boise State also played a part.

"Its location next to Boise State and Albertsons stadium - we felt this was the right place for it."

For a time, the company had planned to call the location Market Street Idaho - but changed course before opening.

"It really came down to hearing a lot of stories from the customers of the old store here," Holland said. "They had shopped here for 60 years and remembered meeting Joe. We really wanted to keep that spirit alive so we decided to rebound this store as Albertsons but make it more distinct to this neighborhood."

Colgrove and Holland said the store will likely draw from all over Boise, but they expect most customers to make most of their visits to the location nearest them - with Broadway and the forthcoming Market Street Idaho location in Meridian serving as destination stores for many.  

Albertsons Division President John Colgrove points to some of the in-store food options during a tour of the Broadway Albertsons Thursday in Boise. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Albertsons Division President John Colgrove points to some of the in-store food options during a tour of the Broadway Albertsons Thursday in Boise. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Organic a big component

Living Well section and pharmacy. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Living Well section and pharmacy. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Organic produce and products have been a big consumer trend in recent years, and Albertsons Companies has rolled out an extensive O Organics brand to match.  The new Broadway location will feature an "organic department to rival any store in the state," according to Colgrove. He highlights not just food products, but an extensive health and beauty section rooted in organic products and principles.

"In our Living Well area, we really focused on organic and clean products," Holland said.

More

During the Thursday tour, Holland and Colgrove were excited to tout dozens of features they highlighted as unique. A sampling:

  • Poke bowls made in store.
  • A made-to-order brick oven pizza station. Customers will be able to pick their toppings and be served a hot pizza in about seven minutes.
  • A scratch-made bakery featuring warming cases and large donut selection.  In many stores, Colgove said, the bakery products are par-baked - with prep done offsite, and a final heating in the store. 
  • A carving station that will allow meats like chicken, beef and cold cuts to be custom sliced.
  • An extensive cheese section, including products made in the building.
  • An in-house chocolatier team, with an extensive selection of handmade chocolates.
  • A gelato bar with fresh-served and scooped ice cream.
  • A selection of handheld mochie ice creams.
  • Global flavors aisle with spices and products from different culinary styles including Basque, Hispanic, Italian and more. 
  • Butcher block, featuring the ability to cook some items like salmon in-store while customers wait.
  • Unique meat selection, including wild boar, elk, buffalo and goat.
  • In-store dietician who can help customers with dietary needs. The service is available standalone and to those referred by a doctor.
  • A Boise State Broncos fan shop, with apparel items.
  • Home decor items and housewares.

Opening events

Albertsons Broadway opens to the public Friday, July 20th for a soft opening.

A grand opening celebration is set for Saturday, with prizes, food, happy hour pricing and more all day from 10am-9pm.

Regular store hours will be 7am-11pm - but during Boise State games and other functions, the bar area could stay open late.

Colgrove is excited to open to the public.

"I’m overwhelmed and excited about our fresh foods offerings - in particular our service deli that is innovative, clean ingredients with something for all," he said. "Joe's philosophy of innovation continues."

Update: Classic Boise burger joint set to reopen

First, news broke of its death.

Then the obituary was written.

Now, like a character in a soap opera, Burger Time looks to be back from the dead.

The drive-through restaurant on Orchard St. in Boise shut down in January - but is already teasing its rebirth.

And like a good soap actor risen from the dead, the restaurant will come back with a bit of a facelift. Crews have been repaving the old, scarred parking lot.

In a comment on the restaurant’s Facebook page, Burger Time says it is waiting for kitchen equipment to be installed, which should happen “next week or the week after. Once it is installed, we are ready to go!”

A source tells BoiseDev the business is under new ownership  

As they say in the soaps... stay tuned!

Header photo: Burger Time Facebook screenshot

Two bodegas set for Downtown Boise

A small new grocery store is planned for the new Kount building under construction at 10th and Main in Downtown Boise.

Bodega Boise is described as a small neighborhood market, and will take up about 1,500 square feet of space on the ground floor of the building, and is slated to open by November. It will be located on Main St. near The Olympic hotel building. A new garage door opening will be added to the front of the building, and a small outdoor seating area will be set up.

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Interior progress at JD's Bodega. Via.

As first reported on BoiseDev last year, it will join JD's Bodega, which is currently under construction about four blocks away on Capitol Blvd. across from Boise City Hall.

That market will be slightly larger at nearly 2,000 square feet, and include seating and a small prep kitchen. That space is nearing full buildout, according to photos posted on Instagram.

 

Idaho Pizza prepares to move Fairview store

Idaho Pizza Company is set to move its location on Fairview Ave. near Cole Rd. to another location a few blocks away.

The local pizza chain has applied to remodel a portion of the former Hastings in the Westgate Shopping Center for a new restaurant.

Idaho Pizza Company plans to take up about 7,300 square feet. A portion of the Hastings store was demolished to accommodate a new CVS pharmacy under construction on the site.

The new restaurant will be about a third larger than the existing location at Fairview and Eldorado St.  That building is currently listed for sale.

This will be the second IPC location to migrate slightly west to a former video store - the Overland location reopened in an old Blockbuster Video building

Header photo: LoopNet.com screenshot

Albertsons sets opening date for large new Broadway store

Two years ago this month, BoiseDev broke news that Albertsons would tear down its small, dated store on Broadway and replace it with a large, 2-story showcase store.

Now, an opening date is set.

The Boise-based grocery giant will hold a grand opening on Saturday, July 21st, with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m., as well as events and activities throughout the day and into the evening until 9 p.m.

The store will have a soft opening on Friday, July 20th, according to a company spokesperson.  

The new store is nearly three times as large as the old one, which crews tore down earlier this year.

 

"This store will have an expanded selection of hot, ready-to-eat meals, expanded fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, scratch bakery, indoor and outdoor dining so you can enjoy your meals right here," division president Brad Street said during the groundbreaking last year.  "This store will be a destination for foodies; a place of food exploration, adventure and education— unlike anything this market has seen."

The store will also include a Starbucks, "Broadway on the Rocks" bar area and more. The second-floor terrace is positioned across the street from a planned Boise State baseball park, and will provide visitors with views of future baseball action.

The company had announced it would brand the store as Market Street Idaho - but later back-tracked, keeping the store (just a few blocks from Albertsons Stadium) under the original banner which first debuted in Boise in 1939. A similarly-formated store under construction on Fairview Ave. near Eagle Rd. is still planned to use the Market Street brand.

Toast Bistro and retail face fight over parking in Bown Crossing

Last year, Toast Bistro announced it would be open in Bown Crossing by August, 2018.

With just less than a month to go, the lot at the corner of ParkCenter Blvd. and Bown Way is still vacant.

From an extensive review of public filings, it appears the delay hangs on parking.

Public filings show renderings of proposed Bown Crussing restaurant and retail space

Public filings show renderings of proposed Bown Crussing restaurant and retail space

The project would include a building along the corner with room for a 13-space parking lot behind. The building would total 6,903 square feet with space for a restaurant and retail.

Slichter-Urgin Architecture and site owner Boyd Yee are back with an updated attempt on the site, after revamping the overall look and layout of the project. But they still face a battle with neighbors over parking.

As part of the initial application, Boise's planning staff recommended one of three moves: Increase the number of parking spaces to 24, shrink the building by about 45% in size, or apply for a parking reduction conditional use permit.

Updated site plan

Updated site plan

Staff also recommended a change in the look and feel of the building - suggesting that the original idea of using corrugated metal and IPE wood wasn't compatible with the rest of Bown Crossing - asking developers to make it fit in by using stucco and ledgestone seen in other nearby buildings.

The developers tweaked the plan - changing the design to conform with the stucco and stones aesthetic, but increased parking by just a single space - from 13 to 14. They are now asking for that permit to allow for the decreased number of spaces.

But neighbors are still unhappy with the tweaked concept, particularly when it comes to the parking situation.

 

Saint Alphonsus Health System, which operates a clinic right next door, was one of those neighbors.

"Bown Crossing does not have enough on-street parking to justify the requested 24-space parking reduction," SAHS attorney Deborah E. Nelson wrote in opposition to the request. Her letter lists several reasons why the application should be denied, including say a parking study conducted by the applicant was "not conducted to meet industry standards."

The study looked at the total number of parking spaces across the Bown Crossing development for two days in late January in early February. The study, commissioned by project developer XX, looked at the number of empty spaces on a Wednesday and a Friday from 11am to noon, and 4pm-5pm. The study found an average of 46.6 empty stalls in the area during the four individual hours inspected.

Nearby resident Robert Lomas knocked the way the study was designed.

He noted the developer had mentioned the Toast breakfast bistro as a tenant, and found the traffic study to be inconsistent with that concept.

"I’m surprised there was no early day time period studied, or a weekend time studied, as breakfast restaurants in Boise certainly are exceptionally busy on weekend mornings."

Lomas also said the 4-5pm timeslot was questionable. "The evening time period they studied was a laughable choice if I’m being frank here. Nobody would, with a straight face, suggest that the traffic in an extremely popular evening dining and entertainment area would be correctly represented by a study at 4-5pm. If I were trying to design a study to best come to a conclusion of 'there’s plenty of room', I would have designed it very similarly to what they presented here. "

The Southeast Boise Neighborhood Association also came out in opposition to the plan.

“It is overwhelmingly clear from correspondence received from Bown Crossing neighbors that parking has become a serious problem in the neighborhood, one which jeopardizes the prosperity of those businesses already located there," SENA board member Fred Fritchman wrote.

The conditional use permit application is currently scheduled to be heard during the City of Boise's Planning and Zoning commission on July 16th at Boise City Hall at 6:00pm. If it is granted the parking reduction, it would go before design review in September.

RELATED:
Tavern at Bown Crossing looks to move across river, asks for increased parking

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."

Tavern at Bown owners apply to build new restaurant across Boise River

 The owners of Tavern at Bown Crossing have applied to build a new restaurant across the river.

Tavern Properties submitted a conditional use permit application with the City of Boise that requests to build a new 6,285 square foot restaurant building at the corner of Barber Valley Drive and ParkCenter Blvd. in the Barber Station development.

 

After publication of this story, a representative for the owner responded.

 “My client has not purchased any property for a new location, and is just doing some due diligence,” attorney Dean Sorensen said.

In late 2016, Tavern at Bown Crossing was sued for eviction as BoiseDev was first to report.  That lawsuit was later resolved. The new location is about 1,500 feet from the current Bown location as the crow files.

The restaurant parcel fronts an offshoot of the Boise River Greenbelt and a pond as well as the Boise River itself.

The new restaurant would feature seating for 235 restaurant goers, and feature an outdoor patio and firepits.

The parcel is in Boise's SP-02 zoning overlay area - part of the Barber Valley Specific Plan.  That 117-page document is one of two master plans in Baber Valley, and outlines many different elements of what can be built by landowners.  One of those items is parking.

The SP-02 allows a maximum number of car parking spaces of 3.5 per 1,000 square feet of a building. That would grant the new Tavern restaurant a total of 22 spaces.  Owners are instead asking for 79 parking spaces.  

In a letter to neighbors of the site, Tavern Properties defends the expanded parking request.

"Our proposed parking is close to the regular city parking requirements of 1 parking space for every 3 seats for a restaurant."

They also say they "expect about 15% of the patrons to arrive on bicycles and alternative transportation." Space for 18 bicycles would be provided.

Header photo: Proposed site of Tavern Properties restaurant in Barber Valley.  

Tailgate Taphouse to shut down Saturday

 

Ted Challenger's latest venture will come to an end.

The Boise bar owner purchased the former Cheerleaders Bar & Grill in 2016 and converted into The Tailgate. 

Now that business will fold up its rear lift door and pack away the beer and food for good.

In just two years, the concept evolved from Tailgate Sports Bar & Grill to Tailgate Taphouse.  The location near Ann Morrison Park was tucked away, but hoped to draft off the increased customer base from student housing built in the Lusk St. neighborhood.

"We'd like to thank everyone that supported us over the last 2 years," the business wrote on Facebook. "We had some great successes and lots of fun! This decision did not come easily, but we believe it's the correct one at this time.

The last day in business will be Saturday, June 30th.

Header image: TailgateBoise.com screenshot.

Shore Lodge swaps Narrows restaurant and bar

McCall's Shore Lodge shut down completely last fall. Every room, every restaurant... everything.

Crews swooped in and knocked out a number of projects - including renovating the restaurants and an update to woodwork throughout the nearly 70-year old lodge on Payette Lake.

Crews moved the existing bar to the space where The Narrows restaurant was - and pulled the dining room into the old bar space.

The restaurant has been renamed Narrows Steakhouse with an updated menu.

"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.

The revamp gives the restaurant a more cozy feel, while the bar has sweeping views of the lake. The project took several months to complete, and is now in place for the summer season.

"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.

New Cutwater restaurant starts first full summer Shore Lodge

Shore Lodge has a new restaurant to start the summer season, with The Cutwater.

The restaurant first opened late last summer in a space on the lower level of the lodge building.

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 summer.

The restaurant features American fare with pricepoints for meals under $30.  

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served with indoor and outdoor lakefront seating.

Header photo: Don Day/BoiseDev.com

Year-old Boise restaurant closes abruptly

Photo courtesy Rachael Fullinwider/BoiseDev Facebook group

Photo courtesy Rachael Fullinwider/BoiseDev Facebook group

Just after the new year started in 2017, locally-owned restaurant and Tap & Cask replaced national chain Tilted Kilt at 1555 S. Broadway.

Now, Tap and Cask has closed its doors after just 18 months in business.

The large 8,300 square foot eatery featured three dozen beer handles, food and cocktails from two bars.

The restaurant did not reopen Monday. T&C's Facebook page and website have been deleted. The electronic message board outside the restaurant shows "CLOSED."

 

Rockies road: Bench restaurant listed for sale

Rockies Diner, the nostalgia-themed diner on Overland Rd. is for sale.

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TheSpiersGroup.com screenshot

The business is listed for just less than $400,00 to take over -- but the price does not include the use of the Rockies name, which would have the licensed separately.

The diner has been a fixture on the Boise Bench for the last 20 years, and was an offshoot of a drive-in location on Fairview Ave. which has long since closed.

The listing says the business has positive cash flow and a long-term lease. No reason for the sale is listed.

The restaurant's "Johnn B. Goode" food challenge was featured on the second season of Man Vs. Food on Food Network. Participants are challenged to eat a 4.5 burger with 1.5-pound plate of chili chees fries and a 16-ounce milkshake in thirty minutes. If they make it, they get that meal free, plus a free t-shirt and a free guitar (and, probably, some heartburn).

Chocolate chip cookie bakery set for Downtown

The former Addie's space will soon have a new tenant focused on a single product: cookies.

Chip Cookies has applied to convert the former breakfast eatery at 5th St. and Main St. into a 2300 square foot chocolate chip cookie bakery.  The company started in Utah and focuses primarily on the single cookie variety, but will also offer a chip of the month (i.e. Cadbury Chip around Easter). You can also snag a bottle of regular or chocolate milk.

Chip Cookie gets ready to open on Main St. in Boise. Photo courtesy Frank Terraferma 

Chip Cookie gets ready to open on Main St. in Boise. Photo courtesy Frank Terraferma 

"We believe in keeping things simple and focusing on creating an amazing product," Sarah Wilson with Chip Cookies said. 

The new bakery will be 2300 square feet and will include seating for about 22 people. The company has a similar set up with a walk-up bakery combined with delivery in Provo and Salt Lake City.

Chip is already delivering in Boise, limited now to late-nights.  When the new store gets up and rolling, it will be noon-2am Monday-Friday and noon-midnight Saturday. Delivery will continue to run 8pm-2am M-F and 8pm-midnight on Saturday. No cookies on Sunday.

"We don't have an exact opening date, but hope to be up and running by the end of the month," Wilson said. "BUT you know how construction goes..."

Header photo: Chip Cookies via Instagram

Popular downtown soup & sandwich joint closes

There won’t be a line at Jenny’s Lunch Line today. The business is closed, and the crew behind the counter is no longer involved.

The business located behind Wise Guys Pizza at Sixth and Main served fresh sandwhiches and soups with a rotating menu. 

Married couple Kristy Scott and Jen Oneida have been working to purchase the business and earlier this month started promoting a GoFundMe account to help. The goal is $24,000 - and about $3,700 has been raised.

But the campaign didn’t come in time to make things work.

“Our deal with the owner fell through,” Scott told BoiseDev. “They are currently still trying to sell it, But it is closed in the meantime. “

The couple says they could not reach a deal with current owner HBM Marketing and decided to walk away.

”We love our customers, and never want to disappoint you. Jen and I are trying to figure out future endeavors, and hope that our break from making food for you, is a brief one,” they wrote.

The couple says any funds raised from the GoFundMe campaign will help them start a new venture.

 “Jen and I plan on opening our own place as soon as we can, and so our GoFundMe will now be going towards that goal,” Scott said  

We’ve reached out to the business owners and will update if we hear more  

 

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New local business puts a twist on the sno-cone shack

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The sno-cone is a staple if Idaho summers, and a new chain is getting ready to give the treat a twist with locations around the Treasure Valley.

Trailhead Ice will open four locations in three Treasure Valley cities, with the first, at Glenwood St. at Chinden Blvd. next to Starbucks, set to cool off customers on May 1st.

Three more huts are set to open later next month:

  • 1522 W. State St, next to the 76 gas station
  • Eagle Sports Complex in Eagle
  • 9105 W. Overland Rd. near Maple Grove St.

Flavors like Idaho huckleberry, cherry, mango, pina colada, blueberry, root beer and more will be served up.

Marketing Director Deidre Zobel says the Trailhead concept is a bit different than traditional sno cones:

"Italian ice is a sweetened frozen dessert containing only water, mostly natural flavors with some artificial flavors, & sugar," she said. "Similar to a snow cone or sorbet but different as it is dairy & egg free, and the ingredients are frozen & mixed together rather than pouring flavor on shaved ice."

Trailhead is a locally-owned chain.

Bakery with New Zealand flavor set for Downtown Boise

Kiwi Shake & Bake has filed to remodel a space in the Afton according to permits filed with the City of Boise.

The 5,200 bakery and shake restaurant would be located on the corner of 8th St and River St on the ground floor of the first phase of the six-story condo project - near the Boise Library.

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On Facebook, the business says it will take inspiration from a popular destination south of the equator.

"Bringing the flavours of New Zealand to Boise. Offering you freshly baked meat pies, cakes, coffee and milkshakes."

A conditional use permit with the City of Boise has been approved - with indoor seating for 52 and outdoor spots for twelve people.  New foldable doors will go into the existing storefront windows.

Freddy’s freezes Broadway store, another location for lease

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has closed its location on Broadway Ave. in Boise after just less than two years in business. 

The restaurant, serving ice cream, burgers and the like in a retro environment, opened next to Sonic Drive In in May of 2016.

Another location, on Cleveland Blvd. in Caldwell, is also for lease.

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The chain tells BoiseDev locations in Meridian and Eagle will remain open, but didn't immediately answer a question about the Nampa or Caldwell eateries.

A question about the reason for the closure went unanswered.

The Broadway  building was listed for lease last week by Colliers Commercial Real Estate, and the business officially closed Sunday.  

Country band Rascal Flatts set to open southern cuisine restaurant in Boise

Boise is about to get a country-fried restaurant with a high-profile pedigree, according to plans filed with the City of Boise.

Rascal Flatts Restaurant is planned for the City Center Plaza on the Grove - right next to the lobby entrance for Boise Center East.

The Rascal Flatts Restaurant location in Stamford, CT - a suburb of NYC

The country trio, comprised of Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus and Joe Don Rooney have opened its first restaurant in Stamford, CT - and in recent weeks have announced plans or filed permits for additional eateries in St. Louis, OrlandoChicago, Pittsburgh and LA.

A building permit with the City of Boise would transform the vacant 6,412 square foot space into a restaurant with seating for 238 people. The full buildout is pegged at $1.05 million. The Boise location is more than twice the size of the first restaurant in Connecticut.   

The Stamford location opened last summer and features a bar and live performances - and a menu of southern cuisine. Selections include biscuits, brisket, shrimp & polenta, salads and more.

The venture was first announced in 2012, but took until 2017 to get off the ground.

LeVox, DeMarcus and Rooney have sold more than 10 million tickets while touring - and have seen 14 singles hit the top of the Billboard country chart.

Representatives for Gardner Co. and Rascal Flatts Restaurant Group did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Rascal Flatts is slated for "Retail D" in the City Center Plaza - joining Buffalo Wild Wings, Gyro Shack and Dutch Bros in the development.

Rascal Flatts is slated for "Retail D" in the City Center Plaza - joining Buffalo Wild Wings, Gyro Shack and Dutch Bros in the development.