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Big portions, marinated meats: New fast-casual Boise restaurant will serve Happy diners

Fans of Happy Teriyaki are grinning again.

The chain of fast-casual Asian restaurants plans to open its latest Boise location at 1011 S. Broadway Ave., next to Pita Pit. The space formerly held a Zumberri Frozen Yogurt shop.

The new restaurant will open in May, according to the Happy Teriyaki website. But based on typical red tape and construction timelines, it might be closer to summer.

Happy Teriyaki already operates in Boise, Meridian, Eagle and Nampa. Its website also says it has new locations coming this spring on Ten Mile Road and in Emmett.

In a 2016 review of the Eagle restaurant, the Idaho Statesman reported that the order-at-the-counter eatery “covers the bases well.”

“The smell of marinated, grilled meats — giving off that smoky, gingery and soy sauce aroma — is incredibly alluring. ... Happy Teriyaki specializes in large portions of teriyaki (served with steamed rice and veggies), yet diners also can score other Nipponese offerings such as stir-fried udon noodles, fried rice, tempura and a few expected sides — served on earthenware platters. And let’s not forget all those fruity bubble teas with chewy tapioca pearls at the bottom.”

The Happy Teriyaki menu varies slightly at each location. Diners can get all the details at the website.

Online: ilovehappyteriyaki.com.

Michael Deeds is an entertainment reporter and columnist at the Idaho Statesman. Since joining the newsroom as an intern in 1991, he has been a sportswriter, features editor and entertainment editor. Deeds also co-hosts “The Other Studio,” a one-hour music show, at 8 p.m. Sundays on 94.9 FM The River.