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Blue Sky Bagels opens fourth Valley location; Broadway due new coffee bar

A turkey, red onion, lettuce, tomato and sprouts on an Everything Bagel from Blue Sky Bagels.
A turkey, red onion, lettuce, tomato and sprouts on an Everything Bagel from Blue Sky Bagels. Statesman file photo

Now people in Downtown Meridian can score freshly made bagels at the new Blue Sky Bagels, which opened in late October in a former chocolate shop at 126 E. Idaho Ave. near Generations Plaza.

Situated next to Frankie’s Java, the latest store for this locally owned and operated chain doesn’t actually make the bagels on site. Instead, the bagels are made at the other Meridian location, 3161 E. Fairview Ave, and get delivered several times a day to ensure freshness.

Blue Sky offers 14 kinds of bagels (savory and sweet) and nine varieties of cream cheese. Besides plain and whole-wheat, bagel flavors include Parmesan, garlic, sesame seed, poppy seed, cinnamon sugar, blueberry and more. You also can get sandwiches, soups and salads.

Blue Sky Bagels is in Downtown Boise at 407 W. Main St. and near the Hewlett-Packard campus at 12375 W. Chinden Blvd.

Blue Sky in Downtown Meridian is open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. For large bagel orders, call (208) 887-5726.


Black Rock to open on Broadway

Black Rock Coffee Bar is slated to open Nov. 18 in a new, standalone building at 1604 S. Broadway Ave., next to Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen.

This is the second coffee shop to open this year for the Oregon-based franchiser, which is known for its stylish, urban design and signature coffee beans that get roasted in Portland. Black Rock Coffee Bar debuted in Meridian, at 1757 W. Chinden Blvd., in late September.

The company has plans to open five more franchised stores at sites to be determined later around the Treasure Valley in the next three years.

Black Rock serves espresso drinks, drip coffee, hot chocolate, Italian sodas, milkshakes and smoothies. And yes, there’s a drive-thru for those who don’t want to get out of their cars.

A special roast for cold-brew coffee is in the works, and it should be available in the coming months.

Besides drinks, the coffee shop will offer freshly baked breakfast pastries from Gaston’s Bakery and Blue Sky Bagels with a smear of cream cheese.

Black Rock in Boise will be open 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


Beaujolais wine dinners at the Chateau

Le Coq d’Or at Chateau des Fleurs, 176 S. Rosebud Lane in Eagle, is celebrating the coming of the 2016 Beaujolais Nouveau vintages with a series of three-course wine dinners ($39.50 per person) on Nov. 17-19 from 5 to 9 p.m.

The menu includes a choice of French onion soup gratinee or a garden salad, followed by a main course of traditional coq au vin (braised chicken with red wine, bacon and herbs). The final course is silky and sweet petit crème chocolat.

Beaujolais Nouveau wines are traditionally released to the world each year on the third Thursday in November, also known as Beaujolais Nouveau Day. The red wines are made from Gamay grapes grown in the Beaujolais appellation of France that get harvested in the fall and undergo a quick fermentation process. This technique results in light, fruity wines that are low on tannins yet exhibit a youthful exuberance.

To make reservations, go to or call (208) 947-2844.

Grit celebrates 1 year with party

Grit American Cuisine, 360 S. Eagle Road, is celebrating its one-year anniversary by throwing a party on Nov. 12 from 7 p.m. to midnight. It’s open to the public, and for $50 you will get an assortment of appetizers, cocktails, wine and craft brews. There will even be fun games available to play, including giant Jenga.

Co-owner and chef Paul Faucher will be putting out finger-food versions of popular menu items — pizza, alder-smoked shrimp and spicy Nashville chicken — in addition to trying out some new appetizers on the revelers.

Faucher and Dave Faulk, owner of Porterhouse Market in Eagle, debuted Grit American Cuisine one year ago next to Albertsons at the corner of Eagle Road and State Street. The place has been a hit with diners who come for the friendly atmosphere, good drinks and a taste of Faucher’s menu, an amalgam of different regional cuisines from around country.

Reservations are recommended for the party. Call (208) 576-6666.


Sur la Table teaches Thanksgiving class

Need a little inspiration for cooking this year’s Thanksgiving dinner?

Sur la Table, 3540 E. Longwing Lane at The Village at Meridian, has got you covered with a packed schedule of cooking classes designed to make holiday dinners more memorable. Throughout November, you can learn how to make holiday cakes and breads, vegetarian side dishes, fall-inspired soups and even a full-on Thanksgiving dinner.

Sur la Table will be offering Ina Garten’s Ultimate Thanksgiving cooking classes ($79 per person) on Nov. 19 (9 a.m. to noon), Nov. 20 (5 to 8 p.m.) and Nov. 21 (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.).

Ina Garten, otherwise known as the Barefoot Contessa, won’t be there, but the recipes will be culled from her best-selling cookbooks.

In this three-hour class, you will learn how to prepare a make-ahead roasted turkey, root veggie au gratin, green beans gremolata, creamy turkey gravy (with onion and sage) and pumpkin pie with rum-infused whipped cream.

To view the schedule of cooking classes and reserve a spot, visit You can also book a class by calling (208) 888-1215.

Black Bear Diner to open on State Street

If you’re hungry as a bear and cruising past Wal-Mart in Boise next year, you’re in luck.

Homestyle-food franchise chain Black Bear Diner plans to open a restaurant at 7552 W. State St. — directly across from Wally World. The restaurant is projected for August, but there’s a chance that date will float into the end of 2017.

Known for an iconic carved bear outside and “good old-fashioned family food” inside, Black Bear Diner serves breakfast all day. It also dishes up lunch and dinner staples ranging from big burgers to fish tacos, basket combos to salads, plus comfort-food meals such as housemade meatloaf and slow-cooked pot roast.

Based in Redding, Calif., Black Bear Diner has 85 diners in eight Western states; 86 if you include the restaurant opening Nov. 14 in Barstow, Calif.

Two already operate in Idaho: one in Boise at 1731 S. Entertainment Ave., which opened in 2012 near the Boise Spectrum, and another in Chubbuck (near Pocatello).


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