Food Notes: Angell's Renato opens; Sockeye expands; Sushi Joy delivers

doland@idahostatesman.comJuly 12, 2013 

Celebrate the grand opening of Angell's Bar & Grill Renato - the reinvention of one of Boise's most venerable restaurants - July 12 and 13.

The original Angell's at 9th and Main streets closed in January after nearly 32 years. New owner Russell Dawe and chef David Shipley started testing the menu the past two weeks with invited guests. Check out Angell's Facebook page to see some of the dishes.

The restaurant will feature a full bar menu filled with signature cocktails, local craft beers, Idaho wine and more. Lunch service is forthcoming.

Angell's bar will serve light bites and small plates from 3 p.m. to closing Tuesdays-Saturdays. Dining room hours are 5-10 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 5-10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Phone: 344-0363. Online: AngellsRenato.com.

SOCKEYE BREWERY EXPANDS WITH COSTCO

You now can get Sockeye's Dagger Falls IPA by the case at Idaho Costcos. A case of 24 cans sells for $24.99.

It's been so popular that the Cole Road Costco went through 200 cases in the first two days, said Sockeye spokeswoman Dawn Bolen.

Adding this new volume for the product is allowing the brewery to expand with new equipment and to hire two more brewers.

Tim Spanbauer, formerly of TableRock Brewery, and Paul Thomas, who recently came from Oregon's Rusty Truck Brewing, started at Sockeye last week, Bolen says.

With the expansion, Sockeye also will be creating a variety case that will be available closer to the holidays, Bolen says.

You also can check out two new Sockeye brews around Boise.

Sockeye collaborated with the Boise Co-op to create its 40th anniversary beer Two Score, a saison-style brew ($9.49 for a four-pack). You can find it in cans at the Co-op, 888 W. Fort St. You also can look for it on draft at Fork, Bittercreek Alehouse and other tap houses.

Trail Digger Pale Ale is another collaboration, this one with Southwest Idaho Mountain Biking Association. Trail Digger will be available on area taps and sales will benefit SWIMBA's efforts to buy an actual trail-building machine.

WINE SPECTATOR RATES IDAHO WINES

It's been a long time coming. Finally the most powerful wine publication in the world - Wine Spectator - is recognizing Idaho wine.

Three of winemaker Greg Koenig's vintages for his family's Koenig Distillery and Winery received 90-plus ratings: The 2010 Cabernet-Syrah Blend, Riesling Ice Wine and Three Vineyard Cuvee Syrah.

"We immediately started getting calls from Washington D.C., New York and Hong Kong," Koenig says. "A 90-plus wine for under $40 is a rarity."

Koenig's wines sell for between $20 and $25. You can find them at area wine shops such as the Boise Co-op, select Albertsons and Fred Meyer stores and, of course, the Koenig winery tasting room, 20928 Grape Lane, Caldwell.

SUSHI JOY DELIVERS

Now you can get your sushi at home with Sushi Joy's new delivery service.

Despite the name, this Asian restaurant serves - and delivers - both Japanese and Chinese cuisine.

They will deliver within five miles of the restaurant at 2275 W. Main St. It's an extra service charge of $3 for three or fewer miles and $5 for between three and five miles. Phone: 433-8888. Online: SushiJoyBoise.com.

FORMER GRAPE ESCAPE SPACE NOT LEASED ... YET

On the last day of business June 30 at Grape Escape, rumors swirled on the patio that the space had already been leased. The wine bar had been at 8th and Idaho for 19 years.

Not so, says David Baum, who owns the Mode Building. Baum's Chicago-based real estate company bought the block between 8th and 9th, Idaho and Bannock streets in 2006.

He says there are several potential occupants in contention for the space, but he's made no decisions yet. Baum gave no hint as to what type of business.

Baum has been responsible for bringing national chains such as Anthropologie, The North Face and Lulu Lemon to Boise in past years, along with local companies such as City Peanut Shop and The Mixing Bowl.

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