Food Notes: Red Feather and Bittercreek reopen

SPECIAL TO THE STATESMANMay 24, 2013 

Red Feather Lounge and Bittercreek Alehouse reopened on May 15 after a monthlong remodel. Restaurateur Dave Krick and his crew have been busy since April 14 making much-needed modern upgrades to the sister establishments.

"Our big focus of the remodel, since these places do wear out over time, was to redo the hardwood floors and remodel the kitchen, resetting how the whole thing flowed," Krick said.

Bittercreek's kitchen was expanded, making it closer to Red Feather's kitchen and unifying both spaces. They also doubled the size of the prep area, enabling the cooks to process more whole animals, like lamb, hogs and chickens.

"This kitchen remodel allowed us to hone in on using more local food," Krick said.

Besides the floors and kitchen upgrades, Red Feather's bar also was completely retooled, bringing it into the 21st century.

"That bar is now a little larger, but most importantly, it now has more culinary capacity for our bartenders to make craft cocktails," Krick said, referring to all those inventive syrups and artisan ingredients that go into Red Feather's contemporary mixed drinks.

Both places also received vintage lighting and new artwork on the walls. Krick commissioned a local photographer to take black-and-white photos of the people who have supplied his restaurants with local products over the years.

Out front, a new vestibule with double-entry doors was built, and the patio space got a makeover, too, with a new awning, lighting and furniture.

MURPHY'S SEAFOOD SHUTS ITS DOORS

Murphy's Seafood & Steakhouse, a Boise dining landmark at 1555 Broadway Ave. for nearly 30 years, served its last meal May 23.

"We've been struggling for a number of years and didn't see anything getting better," said Kevin Martinez, regional manager for Ram International, which operated Murphy's.

Martinez said he started his career with Ram International 27 years ago at Murphy's. He said it opened as Murphy's in December 1985 after operating as The Ram from 1973-1985.

SCHNITZEL GARTEN DEBUTS IN EAGLE

Schnitzel Garten is set to open this weekend near downtown Eagle, in the former La Tapatia spot next to Ahi Sushi Bar. The restaurant will host its grand opening celebration May 24-26.

Owner Courtland Hugues, who previously owned restaurants in central Germany, was surprised to find out not long after moving here that there were no German restaurants in the Treasure Valley.

"I kind of got out of the restaurant business, but I saw that the Boise area could use a place that served traditional German food," Hugues said.

Schnitzel Garten, at 1225 E. Winding Creek Drive, is the only bonafide German restaurant in Idaho. Expect to find classic German and central European dishes such as spaetzle (seasoned egg noodles), braised pork shank, goulash and breaded pork schnitzel.

"We'll be doing dishes from different parts of Germany throughout the seasons," he said.

Schnitzel Garten, which has an outdoor beer garden, offers an extensive selection of German beers - both in bottle and on draft - and German and Austrian wines.

CELEBRATE MEMORIAL DAY AT INDIAN CREEK WINERY

On May 27, Indian Creek Winery in Kuna will host a Memorial Day event called "Wishes & Wine," which benefits Wish Granters, an organization that helps adults who are terminally ill. Besides Indian Creek wines, people also can try wines from Sawtooth Winery, Split Rail Winery, Fujishin Family Cellars and Vale Wine Company. Riceworks and Big Daddy's BBQ will be dishing up food at the event, slated to run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The entry fee is $15 per person. Indian Creek Winery is at 1000 N. McDermott Road.

SHOOT SOME STICK AT THE SHAK

The Shak Hawaiian Cafe at 2170 S. Broadway Ave. recently opened a 10-table pool room next to the restaurant. This is a good place to shoot some stick while enjoying a cold brew and some Spam musubi.

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