A new independent coffeehouse, Aero Cafe, opened earlier this week at 201 N. Orchard St. in Boise.
The venture is something that owner Weldon Stutzman has wanted to do for years, he says.
The opportunity came up, and I thought Id give it a shot, says Stutzman, who will keep his day job as a deputy attorney general at the Public Utilities Commission.
Aero gets its name from two large-scale airplane models that hang from the ceiling of the new building, which replaced an old house-turned-retail spot.
Stutzman worked with Idaho Roasting Co. in Meridian to create his signature coffee blends. Aero will serve by the cup and sell by the pound.
The pastries will come from Rolling in Dough, a Ketchum-based bakery that took over the La Vie en Rose spot in the Idanha Building at 10th and Main streets earlier this year. Aero will be open 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. It will be available to rent for small, private functions in the evening. Phone: 995-2913.
NATURES PLATE HONOREE
A few months ago, The Nature Conservancy launched an initiative called Natures Plate to give recognition to a Treasure Valley restaurant that makes the effort to be sustainable and local.
Several restaurants were nominated and voted on during October, and the winner is ... Bittercreek Alehouse and Red Feather Lounge.
Owner Dave Krick has worked for years to make his businesses environmentally sound and sustainable by using local, organic produce and responsibly raised fish and livestock.
The water glasses are made from wine bottles recycled from the bar. The ketchup is made in house and served in recycled glass containers. Food scraps are recycled in worm bins in the basement. The worm compost is sold at the Capital City Public Market. The list goes on.
Find out more at bcrfl.com.
BOISE RESTAURANT WEEK
If youve wanted to check out a different Downtown restaurant, heres your chance. The Downtown Boise Associations Dine Out Boise Restaurant Week, which runs Nov. 1-10, promotes the areas restaurants with special prix fixe menus that are a bargain: $10 for lunch and $15 or $20 for dinner. This year, there is a fine-dining option that is market price.
You cant use coupons or any other promotion with the Restaurant Week option. Each restaurant will offer an Idaho wine pairing with the menus.
Participating restaurants are Angells Renato, Bardenay, Bonefish Grill, Cafe Ole, Chandlers, Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria, Fresh Off The Hook, Gone Rogue Pub, Le Cafe de Paris, Lucky Fins, Mai Thai, Protos Pizza, Red Feather Lounge, Shige, Solid, The Brickyard, The Matador, The Melting Pot and The Piper Pub.
DowntownBoise.org lists what the restaurants are offering.
The Applebees at State and Glenwood streets was closed for remodeling. It reopened on Oct. 31.
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