Food Notes

Chick-fil-A to open in Hooters spot; Red Headed Finn closes; Dharma Sushi opens, doland@idahostatesman.comOctober 25, 2013 

Chick-fil-A plans to build a restaurant in Boise where Hooters is now located near Boise Towne Square, according to a permit filed this week with the city.

The chicken-sandwich restaurant would be 4,825 square feet and include a drive-through window. That’s about 700 square feet smaller than the Hooters restaurant.

Chick-fil-A has opened two new restaurants recently — at Broadway Avenue and Front Street in Downtown Boise and in the new Village at Meridian center on Eagle Road in Meridian.

The Hooters property owner, based in North Dakota, signed a document Oct. 20 giving permission to Chick-fil-A to file its application for the spot at 8000 W. Franklin Road.


The Red Headed Finn, a pub and eatery at 705 W. Bannock St., closed Oct. 19.

In 2012, sisters Rhonda House and Ginger Regan took over the space that at the time was the Falcon Tavern from chef and owner Corey Bresina. They later changed the name.

Bresina handed over the business to the sisters to become the culinary director at Life’s Kitchen, a nonprofit that teaches life and culinary skills to at-risk young adults.

Because Bresina still holds the lease, he is reorganizing the space and looking for another restaurateur to reopen the Falcon or another concept, he says.

All the kitchen equipment is still there.

“It’s turnkey. I need a new occupant who wants to run a pub,” Bresina says.

You can contact Bresina at


Chef Ben Thorpe — formerly of his own Cornerstone Bistro in Middleton and Angell’s Renato in Downtown Boise — is the new chef and co-owner at Salt Tears, 4714 W. State St. in the Collister Shopping Center.

Look for Thorpe to slowly influence the menu and style of service, but quickly change its name.

This week the restaurant will become Salt: A Modern Public House, to better reflect its ambience as a casual neighborhood meeting and social gathering spot.

Located inside Green Chutes Arts Collective, it has a creative vibe.

“It’s an awesome space but I think we need to clarify our identity,” Thorpe says.

The new Salt will build on its busy morning and lunch counter service and add table service for happy hours and dinner that will feature tapas, wine and beer.

Sous chef Will Clark took over as executive chef at Angell’s Renato and will build on Thorpe’s menu.

Salt is open 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Mondays, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Sundays. Phone: 275-0012.


Dharma Sushi and Thai, a new fast-casual Asian fusion concept, is now open in the former Caffe Capri spot at the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Idaho Street.

Dharma features sushi rolls, Thai salads and a curry of the day. Look for signature platters of four sushi rolls, called Maki Discs, each with its own designer sauce.

The restaurant also will offer orders for pick up and delivery within the Downtown and the North End area.

You can place orders on its website,, and at or by calling 392-2834.

It’s open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays-Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, and 11 a.m.-4 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

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