It’s official. After spending a few weeks in a soft-opening phase, Brick 29 Bistro, 320 11th Ave. S., will celebrate its grand opening on Friday, Aug. 18, at its lofty new digs in Nampa’s Belle District.
The much-anticipated soiree will run from 5 to 10 p.m. and will include live lounge music and gift card giveaways. The restaurant will also offer a four-course prix fixe menu that night for $25. Reservations are recommended. For reservations, call 208-468-0029. Online: brick29.com.
It’s surely been a long time coming for chef and owner Dustan Bristol. He started working on the project more than two years ago. Instead of moving to an entirely new location in town, Bristol, who also owns On the Fly Rotisserie Deli in Downtown Boise, decided to add a top floor on the century-old Masonic Temple building and move his popular eatery out of the basement, where it had been since 2007.
The penthouse-like space boasts an elegant dining room — with comfy booths and vintage-looking glass chandeliers — and a lounge area with pub-style tables so people can commune while enjoying libations and Bristol’s take on Northwest-inspired fare.
“We’ve been working out the new systems, logistics and everything,” Bristol said. “It’s a slick space, for sure.”
For now, Bristol is serving the same lunch and dinner menu that he dished up downstairs, but he has plans to make substantial changes in the coming months. Most notably, he eventually will run one menu all day.
The drink lineup includes craft and classic cocktails, six taps of all-Idaho craft beers, two wines on tap (viognier and tempranillo from Cinder Wines) and an extensive wine list that focuses on labels from Idaho, Washington, Oregon and California.
As for the former subterranean spot, Bristol will start a major remodel of that area, turning it into a banquet space and bar called Craft Lounge Northwest.
“There’s a little story there. The name goes back to the freemasons and their beliefs in the different crafts,” he said.
He expects the downstairs lounge to be completed by the end of the year.
Brick 29 Bistro is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day but Sunday, when it is closed.