The new Ruth's Chris Steak House in the Eighth & Main building is serious about happy hour.
From 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays the restaurant serves a special happy-hour menu for patrons at the bar.
You can choose from a blue cheese bacon burger, black-and-blue lettuce wraps, crab cake or tenderloin sliders, seared ahi tuna or a grilled tenderloin salad.
Each item is $7. The happy-hour drink menu features several signature and specialty cocktails such as a Ruth's Manhattan, pomegranate martini, house cosmopolitan and others. Bottled beer is $4 and house Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet are $7 a glass.
There are only about 20 seats at the bar, so arrive early if you want food.
You can get the drink specials in the open-seating lounge, but no food service.
Ruth's Chris is open from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 5 to 11 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays. Happy hours are 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays. Phone: 426-8000.
FLATBREAD EXPANDS ITS MENU
Flatbread Pizza is open on the second floor of Eighth & Main, serving its pizza, salads and sandwiches with a few fun additions.
Check out the new chopped kale salad with grilled stone fruit, beets, candied walnuts and goat cheese with a blood-orange vinaigrette ($10.50) and some new seafood dishes such as Perioni steamers ($11) and cioppino ($12.50).
For now, these and several other items are exclusive to the Downtown Flatbread.
Flatbread is open 11 to 10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and noon to 9 p.m. Sundays. Phone: 287-4757. Online: FlatbreadPizza.com.
In other Eighth & Main news, Dustan Bristol's On The Fly Deli is taking longer than expected to open. It should be in business by early to mid-March.
LE CAFE DE PARIS, CAFE OLE TO CLOSE
After 12 years in business, Le Café De Paris' last day will be Feb. 23.
The growth of owner Mathieu Choux's commercial endeavor, Gaston's Bakery, caused him not to renew the French bistro's lease at 204 N. Capitol Blvd. in Boise, he says.
Gaston's, which he started in Le Café De Paris' basement in 2006, recently relocated to its own space on the Boise Bench. Gaston's sells baked goods "pretty much nationwide," Choux says.
So, basically, Choux didn't want the pain in the neck of trying to run Le Café De Paris while dealing with an expanding Gaston's?
"Don't say that!" he scolds with a laugh, before becoming frank. "It's a small restaurant. You've got to be really hands-on to do a good job, and I didn't feel I could, not being able to be on site. Now that the bakery requires so much of my time, it is better for me to focus on that."
The Le Café De Paris name will live on, Choux says, through business catering and local markets. But if you want one last brunch there, you have through Sunday. Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.
Cafe Ole Restaurant and Cantina will close its doors in BoDo's 8th Street Marketplace in Boise at the end of February, says general manager Brandt Casey.
Casey's father, Jeff, opened their family-owned enterprise in 1981. Two more eventually followed at Boise Towne Square in 1989 and at 3284 E. Pine St. in Meridian in 2011. The latter two are still going strong, Brandt Casey says.
He's sorry to see the BoDo location go, but as the surrounding neighborhood developed, Cafe Ole got lost, Casey says.
"Everything built up around us ... we just were not getting the foot traffic we used to," he says.
The Caseys invite regulars to visit during the last week and say goodbye. If you have your name on a bar plaque for "eating the worm," you can claim it. All gift cards will be honored at the two other locations. The restaurant will invite past employees and their families to a gathering Feb. 28.
BOISE CHEF IS JAMES BEARD SEMIFINALIST
Chef Richard Langston of Cafe Vicino was named a semifinalist this week in the "Best Chef: Northwest" category of the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards.
Final Restaurant and Chef Award nominations will be announced March 19.
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