Food notes: Kindness is coming to The Owyhee; olive oil tap rooms open in Boise, Eagle

doland@idahostatesman.comMay 30, 2014 

The Skyvue Grill is slated to open this summer, if everything goes according to plan.

Caterers Michael and Anna Tapia will open a new restaurant, Kindness, in the former Plaza Grill space inside The Owyhee, the new incarnation of the former Owyhee Plaza Hotel.

The Tapias own Tapia Family Catering and are heading up catering and banquet services for the historic building, which is being renovated into a mix of rental apartments and retail spaces.

Though the hotel aspect is gone, the building still will offer banquet services in its ballrooms, meeting rooms and in a new upstairs penthouse and terrace.

The Tapias also will create a happy hour lounge and coffee bar off the lobby. The old Gamekeeper Lounge space will be revived as a craft cocktail bar.

For Kindness, chef Anna Tapia is conjuring a menu of reinvented American classics, with a focus on local ingredients that will be served in a casual, comfortable atmosphere, Michael Tapia says.

Building developer and owner Clay Carley is still searching for a restaurant to occupy the corner space at 11th and Main streets. The new restaurant would include the former Gamekeeper Restaurant space.

"We want the exact right person to go in there," he says. "If that takes a year, I'm willing to wait."

Kindness will get a soft opening in late June and be ready to go full force for the Owyhee's grand opening on July 9.

Online: TheOwyhee.com.

OIL AND VINEGAR BARS

Discover the flavor and nuance of olive oils from around the globe - along with balsamic vinegars - at two olive oil and vinegar tasting rooms in the Treasure Valley. This way, you can taste before you buy and learn how the character of the oil and vinegar can influence a dish.

• Olive and Vyne, 600 S. Rivershore Lane, Eagle, celebrated its grand opening last week. Owners Hope Manna and Kellie Allred have 11 varieties of infused and plain olive oils from around the globe. The current seasonal selection includes oils from Italy, Australia, California and Chile. The shop also carries 15 varieties of white, dark and infused balsamic vinegar - including huckleberry. Everything is stored in Italian fusti, stainless steel containers that keep the oils and vinegars fresh. Hope and Manna plan to offer tasting classes and events in the future.

Olive and Vyne is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Phone: 939-6775 Online: OliveAndVyne.com.

• Olivin, a new olive oil and vinegar taproom, will open May 31 at 218 N. 9th St., in Downtown Boise. Owner Joyce Renoff will carry a mix of premium and ultra-premium seasonal oils from Italy, Spain, Portugal and California and other parts of the world. Some will be infused with garlic, basil, black truffles and sesame. Renoff will also stock a variety of aged white and dark balsamic vinegars. Olivin is open 11 a.m. to close. Mondays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Phone: 344-0306.

JUNIPER MENU PREVIEW

Kacey Montgomery, co-owner of the soon-to-open Juniper Kitchen and Cocktails, leaked a preview of the menu he and chef Aaron Wermerskirchen are concocting. Though it's not set in stone, so far the menu includes "snacks" such as root vegetable chips and fried olives with goat cheese, mozzarella and tomato basil sauce; small plates such as grilled kale and eggs with crispy pancetta; and large plates such as a juniper braised pork shank with flageolet cassoulet.

Juniper should be open in the former Cazba space, 211 N. 8th St., in Downtown Boise by mid-June, Montgomery says.

SKYVUE MOVING FORWARD

Skyvue Grill owner Rob Good hopes to open the drive-in restaurant at 4822 W. Fairview Ave. this summer.

Good ran into delays renovating the 1950s drive-in spot at West Fairview Avenue and Orchard Street.

"Working on a (nearly) 60-year-old building, you find things you never thought of that need fixing," he says.

The drive-in first opened in 1958 as an Arctic Circle. It later became a Rockies Drive-in, which closed in 2009, and then Robbie's Drive-in, which closed in 2010.

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