Crooked Fence Brewing is preparing to debut its super-pub in Garden City near the Revolution Center at 5181 Glenwood St.
The Barrelhouse is slated to open by the end of June, if all goes according to plan, said Kelly Knopp, director of marketing and events.
Small batches of beer will be made at the Barrelhouse, but Crooked Fence's brewery, just down the way on Chinden Boulevard, will handle most of the beer-making responsibilities and a small tasting room will continue to operate there. Most important, the new 7,000-square-foot pub will give people more room to enjoy a rotating selection of Crooked Fence's flagship and seasonal brews, as well as some barrel-aged beers, and a menu of inventive gastropub food.
The Barrelhouse, designed to be an all-ages establishment, will boast a funky saloon ambience, and there will even be a few pool tables, shuffleboard and pinball machines in the back.
Frank Garro, who formerly worked in the restaurant industry in California, was recently hired to run the kitchen, which will put out whimsical food intended to pair well with the handcrafted brews.
"We'll have some real off-kilter menu items that you won't find anywhere else in town," Knopp said.
He's obviously talking about the Hungarian turkey burger, corned beef tacos and a beef burger topped with candied bacon - sandwiched between two donuts.
Also expect to find a grilled wild salmon wrap, porter-infused chili and house-made bratwurst and other sausages made with Crooked Fence brews.
GURU DONUTS CELEBRATES NATIONAL DONUT DAY
Friday, June 7, is National Donut Day in America, and to commemorate this sweet occasion, the friendly folks at Guru Donuts will be dishing up their artisan creations at Dawson's Downtown at 219 N. 8th St. in Boise, starting at 7:30 a.m.
Anyone who purchases a beverage will receive a gratis mini-donut until the stash runs out.
People also will be able to buy Guru's full-sized donuts, like the glazed variety and puffy bismarks.
Guru Donuts currently sells its freshly made donuts on Saturdays at the Boise Farmers Market (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.), and they can be found around town at various events.
Co-owner Angel Moran said that she and her business partners - her husband, Kevin Moran, and head donut maker Michael Baker - recently signed a lease on a production kitchen Downtown at 816 Bannock St., in the former Twig's Cellars spot.
She plans to move the operations there in early July, if not sooner.
Guru Donuts now leases kitchen space at Kanak Attack Catering in Garden City.
Moran is currently raising funds for the new facility, which also will have room for donut-tasting parties, through indiegogo.com, a community fundraising website that's similar to Kickstarter.
If all goes well, Guru Donuts also hopes to open a retail shop in another location Downtown in the coming months.
For more information about Guru Donuts, go to www.gurudonuts.com.
YOKOZUNA TO OPEN THIRD LOCATION
Yokozuna Teriyaki will soon be opening a third location in Downtown Boise in the former Baguette Deli spot at 276 N. 8th St.
Yokozuna also has fast-food restaurants in Boise's Bench Depot neighborhood and in Meridian.
The Downtown location will have the same menu, which focuses on teriyaki combination plates and rice bowls, but with other Japanese offerings such as yakisoba, chicken tonkatsu and Americanized sushi rolls.
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