Claiming that The Bouquet in Downtown Boise will reopen makes a columnist look suspiciously like the boy who cried wolf.
This is the building that had a Notice of Trustees Sale posted on its doors in early 2011. Then a lease deal with a local entertainment company fell through in early 2012. Then a Halloween-themed comeback bash got nixed months ago.
But, in the absence of a lightning strike or other act of God, the challenged space at 1010 Main St. will be reincarnated as The Ice Bouquet in February as early as Feb. 1.
The date depends on final touches including bar equipment installation next week. If theres a snag, The Ice Bouquet instead will open on Valentines Day, promises Nathan Gorringe, who will run the bars daily operations.
Regardless, he says determinedly, were opening.
Its been a long time coming.
Gorringe is the operating partner for local investors Ice Entertainment Group, which has swept in to remodel, refurbish and revive. He chuckles patiently at the ups and downs of the past several months mostly construction headaches.
As he describes popping a water-damaged ceiling tile and finding trim and molding from what he thinks is the 1930s another delay you get the sense that the project has been handled with care, pride and a fair amount of hair pulling.
Its been a really, really time-consuming process, he admits.
First, The Ice Bouquet canceled its own Halloween party. Then New Years Eve came and went.
Weve missed the two biggest financial weekends of the Downtown bar system, so thats a little frustrating there, Gorringe says.
But will the wait be worth it?
Gorringe says the space has been brought back to life and looks better than it has in decades. Theyve repolished old marble and refinished old wood. The gem of the room a beautiful, mahogany back bar has been accented by lights: Weve turned it almost into a piece of art, he says.
The Ice Bouquets business model is a little harder to illuminate.
Gorringe says the nightclub will offer three different universes: lower-cost beers and flatscreen TVs in front; a glass-encased, private VIP-like area with more-refined beverages; and an elevated DJ booth along with the stage and dance floor in the rear.
It will be open seven days a week and feature themes each night. DJ music will pump at least four times a week. Wild 101.1 FM will host ladies-night Wednesdays and old-school pop-music Fridays. The plan is for local musicians to gig on Sundays. Gorringe says that live music will remain a component of the bar, but it will not be a primary focus.
The Ice Bouquet is aiming for a classy feel, Gorringe says. He hopes patrons will be inspired to dress accordingly. (No dress code, though.)
Are you getting all this?
Many bargoers should be intrigued enough to go see The Ice Bouquet for themselves. After all, theres been plenty of misinformation spread in recent months.
Weve kind of had fun with it, Gorringe says, and kind of watched some of the things that people have said, like, Oh, youre bringing anther China Blue in! Or, How could you ruin such a historic bar?
At this point, theres no direction for The Bouquet to go but up.
Boise indie-pop musician Trevor Powers, aka Youth Lagoon, will release his second album March 5. Wondrous Bughouse is the follow-up to 2011s surprise hit The Year in Hibernation.
Boise band Built To Spill will begin a two-week tour Jan. 31 with new faces Jason Albertini (bass) and Steve Gere (drums), who have replaced longtime members Brett Nelson and Scott Plouf.
The trek ends with Boise shows Feb. 11 at Neurolux and Feb. 12 at The Crux. Those are sold out.
Last year, seven Boise acts performed at South By Southwest, the March music festival held annually in Austin, Texas. Two more gigged in an unofficial capacity.
This year looks quieter.
While theres the possibility of a Boise group or two gigging as part of a regional showcase, nothing else is on the radar. At least not yet.
Michael Deeds column runs Fridays in Scene and Sundays in Life. He co-hosts The Other Studio at 9 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River and appears Thursdays on Channel 6 News.