The Mode Lounge opened last week in the former Grape Escape spot at the corner of 8th and Idaho streets.
The space is beautifully redone with elegant booths, a slick, curved bar, and a stunning chandelier by Chandi Lighting owner and designer Meredith Clark.
Owner Russ Crawforth - who also owns Pie Hole pizzeria in the space next door - took over the high-profile corner spot this past fall when The Grape Escape closed in June after a 20-year run.
His interior plays off the fact that The Mode was a department store in the early part of the 20th century, so you'll see art deco design elements such as a tin-embossed ceiling and subway tile throughout.
Crawforth expanded the space by taking out the kitchen. The bar serves a menu developed by chef Darryl Godard. It consists mostly of cold, light dishes ranging from steak tartare and a twist on lox to oysters mignonette and prosciutto- wrapped prawns.
The cocktails developed by general manager Brian Livesay and his energetic staff run the gamut from classic martinis to interesting contemporary fusion-tinis and house-made ginger ale.
There's also a selection of beers in bottles and cans and wines by the glass and in the bottle.
The Mode is open 4 p.m.-2 a.m. daily. Phone: 342-6633. Online: TheModeLounge.com.
CO-OP CHANGES MEATS
The Boise Co-op is now smoking and roasting its own meats for the deli. It is phasing out some of the Boar's Head Premium Meats and other brands it's been slicing up for years.
The new Co-op brand will be all-natural, low in nitrates and sliced fresh to order.
Right now, the co-op has roasted turkey ($9.99 a pound), and will be adding other varieties, such as maple turkey and spiced turkey, ham and, eventually, beef.
The deli will continue to serve Boar's Head for the other seasoned meats such as pastrami and prosciutto.
Marie Callender's, 8574 W. Fairview Ave., Boise, is celebrating its annual "Whole Pie To-Go Sale." During February, you can choose from more than 30 varieties of pie, from French apple to pumpkin, for $7.99 each.
ASIAN WOK CLOSED
The Asian Wok restaurant at 3504 W. State St. is closed.
The original Asian Wok at 9706 W. State St. in Star is still open. It serves a menu of Chinese specialties to dine in or take out. Phone: 898-4733. Online: Asian-Wok.com.
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