Food Notes: Brewforia Eagle will expand with burger concept

doland@idahostatesman.comAugust 16, 2013 

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Brewforia owner Rick Boyd, shown here at his original Meridian store, says he wants to make better use of the extra space at his Eagle location.

JOE JASZEWSKI — Idaho Statesman file Buy Photo

When owner Rick Boyd expanded his Brewforia Beer Market concept into Eagle last year, he actually bit off more than he could chew in terms of space, he says.

He moved into the former Baan Thai Restaurant at 78 Eagle River St., which is about 6,000 square feet - three times the size of his original Meridian store.

"That's a lot of space to fill," Boyd says.

Now he has a plan to compensate.

It's not that Brewforia Beer Market isn't a success in Eagle - it is, Boyd says. But the need to fill the spot presented an opportunity to create something new that would help him reach into more than the craft beer market.

Boyd and chef Ryan Hembree came up with Grind Modern Burger, an upscale family-friendly burger and pizza restaurant slated to open in September.

It plays off the signature burgers Eagle Brewforia already serves on the menu - a house-made blend of Chicago's Stockyard brisket and locally sourced pork belly.

Boyd will rebrand the Eagle store as two individual businesses under one roof.

Grind also will add a kids' menu and interactive kids' area, more big-screen TVs, new tables, bar tops and other decor.

In addition to craft beers, you'll be able to order mass-market beers, along with sake-based cocktails and wine from the Grind bar.

The plan is for both Brewforias to close on Aug. 25 so the employees can attend Boyd's Barley Bros. Traveling Beer Show festival at Julius M. Kleiner Memorial Park in Meridian.

Then the Meridian store will reopen Aug. 26 and Eagle will remain closed for the remodel.

Boyd expects to open Grind Modern Burger and Brewforia in Eagle around Sept. 2, he says.

Brewforia is at 3030 E. Overland Road in Meridian. Phone: 888-7668, and 78 Eagle River St., in Eagle. Phone: 938-6261.

Online: Brewforia.com.

PIPER PUB BRUNCH

Sunday brunch is back at The Piper Pub & Grill, 150 N. 8th St, Boise. You can enjoy brunch on the Piper's balcony overlooking 8th and Main streets from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.

The kitchen will serve up a variety of egg dishes, pancakes (including red velvet), a variation on bangers and mash, along with a variety of sandwiches, burgers, salads and specialties such as steamers, fish and chips and finger steaks.

Brunch entrees run $6.99 to $12.50. The pub's bar will also serve mimosas, a build-your-own Bloody Mary along with its large variety of cocktails, beers, wine - and, of course, scotch.

After 3 p.m. the menu switches to the Piper's dinner menu. You can check out both at ThePiperPub.com. Phone: 343-2444.

FUEL FOR THE SOUL CLASSES

Joel Marx and Tiziana Lancedelli have a few seats available at their upcoming Fuel for the Soul cooking classes in August. Guests sit around their large kitchen counter and watch - or help - Lancedelli prepare a gourmet meal. Then you sit down with your new friends and dine and sip wine.

They have five open seats for Aug. 17's Thai cooking class, and two seats for the Aug. 30 Italian class.

Classes cost $55 per person for Italian and $60 for Thai, at 781-0852. Online: FuelForTheSoulBoise.com.

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