Chip Cookies has been open less than two weeks in Downtown Boise, but employees already are discovering that nights can get interesting.
Especially when the bars around Sixth and Main streets approach closing time.
"We've got people kind of stumbling in," general manager Mason Snow admits. "But so far, it hasn't been too bad. We're so new.
"A lot of drunks stumbling in isn't super ideal," he adds. "But at the same time, it's money, right?"
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Yep. And Chip Cookies appears to have that part of the game figured out. The Provo, Utah-based company, which also operates in Salt Lake City, launched delivery in Boise last December. Its storefront debuted June 9 at 501 W. Main St. — the former Addie's restaurant spot on the east end of Downtown's bar district.
The crux of Chip's business model is delivery, which is offered from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. in Boise and Meridian. But Chip Cookies are more than a night-owl treat. The Boise store is open for walk-in customers starting at noon daily (except Sundays, when it's closed). "We're constantly popping out fresh cookies all day long, all night long," Snow says.
If you order delivery, you get four warm cookies in a box for $10 plus a $2.99 delivery fee. These are super-thick, gourmet cookies. Large enough to crush a Keebler elf. Craving cold milk? Add $2.
Chip Cookies delivers 100 to 150 orders daily, Snow says. Daytime delivery is planned in the future, but it's not an urgent priority. Most ravenous cookie monsters reveal themselves at night.
"We get our rush from probably 8 to 10 p.m.," Snow says. "That's when a lot of families are awake. That's when lots of college students are sitting in their dorms, and they want a snack and don't want to leave because they're studying."
Chip Cookies makes two flavors: chocolate chip and a cookie of the month. Right now, the cookie of the month is salted caramel. In July, it will be cookies and cream.
By that time, Chip Cookies should be firmly established on Downtown Boise's late-night feast map, which includes competitors such as Pie Hole, Wiseguy Pizza Pie, Jimmy John's and newcomer Donut Daze.
"We're hoping to get some more stumbling in pretty soon," Snow says with a laugh. "Come on in, get as many cookies as you need."
Online: chipcookies.co. Phone: (208) 639-2447.