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A new restaurant plans to open next to Trader Joe’s in Boise. Guess what kind of food?

Although a business with a drive-thru was approved for this space, that won’t be the case.
Although a business with a drive-thru was approved for this space, that won’t be the case. mdeeds@idahostatesman.com

If you were going to open a restaurant next to Trader Joe’s in Boise, what would it be?

Mexican food? No bueno. Too many new taco joints Downtown.

Mediterranean grub? Gyro Shack and Meraki Greek Street Food might skewer you.

I know! Pizza!

There are already a zillion pizza joints in pepperoni-slathered Boise, you say?

Not in the BoDo district. (Or a stone’s throw away, at least.) Besides, there’s never enough pizza. Ever.

That’s why a still-unnamed regional chain plans to open a 3,003-square-foot pizza parlor at 390 S. Capitol Blvd., which intersects Broad Street. Although a sign posted at the empty lot indicates the property is approved for a drive-thru, there won’t be one. But we can look forward to an outdoor patio, says Bryan Vaughn, development partner at Hawkins Companies.

This will be the first Treasure Valley location for the chain, which is headquartered in the Pacific Northwest.

“They should be a good complement to our other tenants and Broad Street as a whole,” Vaughn says. “We are excited about the outdoor area we are getting to create, and the open nature of our tenant’s space to that outdoor area. We are excited to continue to enhance the streetscape of Broad Street and the LIV District.”

Here’s the real headline: “We get to add one more parking space to the parking lot!” Vaughn says. “We know it is not the 100 more spaces everyone would like when they go to Trader Joe’s, but it is more parking.”

The pizza restaurant doesn’t have an opening date. It still has to be built. But launching by holiday season 2019 seems likely.

When exactly will we know the name of the regional chain? Vaughn promises we’ll get that detail soon. So stay tuned. Like Domino’s, I deliver.

Just not in 30 minutes or less. And no, the restaurant won’t be a freakin’ Domino’s!

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Meraki Greek Street Food is a fast-casual, family-run restaurant focusing on gyros — based on family recipes — in Downtown Boise, on Eighth Street in BoDo.



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