Homestead Bar and Grill will open Feb. 1 at 6275 N. Linder Road in Meridian — kitty-corner from Fred Meyer on West Chinden Boulevard.
Owners Zach and Anisha Kiebel, who own and operate two Pita Pit restaurants in Canyon County, live in a nearby housing development and saw a need for a family-friendly bar and grill concept in this burgeoning stretch of Ada County.
“It’s definitely a neighborhood bar and grill so people don’t have to travel very far,” Zach Kiebel says.
Besides cocktails, the bar will offer 40 rotating taps of craft beer, 30 of which are from Boise-area breweries. Other draft beers will come from select microbreweries in Oregon, Washington, Colorado and other places.
As for food, expect to find lots of specialty burgers to go with all those brews, in addition to entrée salads, pub-style sandwiches, pita sandwiches, baby-back ribs, pasta dishes and fish tacos.
Beer-friendly appetizers include Cuban sliders, bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers and hot wings, to name a few.
A small breakfast menu will be available on weekends from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. How does a bacon omelet with a spicy Bloody Mary sound?
Located in a new strip mall, the interior design is intentionally rustic thanks to a profusion of reclaimed barn wood and big cable spools (retired from Idaho Power) used as tables on the patio. Plus, lots of big-screen TVs make it a good spot to watch sports.
“We want the place to feel homey,” Kiebel says.
Homestead Bar and Grill hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to midnight Friday; 9 a.m. to midnight Saturday; and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
On a Roll to roll out in Eagle
If all goes well, On a Roll will open by Feb. 8 at 257 E. State St. in downtown Eagle.
Owners Tony and Geri Delia, who previously owned restaurants in California, are going New York deli-style with this breakfast and lunch eatery. It’s situated in an old house along the main drag across from Zen Bento.
Tony Delia, a classically trained chef, has come up with a daytime menu that puts his spin on specialties from the Big Apple. Expect to find lots of sandwiches (hot and cold), jumbo beef hot dogs and burgers — made with fresh Acme Bakeshop bread and rolls — as well as scratch soups, salads and deli-inspired sides. Delia cures and smokes the pastrami, corned beef and turkey in-house.
From 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., diners can prime their pumps with a variety of “Breakfast on a Roll” items that pay homage to New York City landmarks and boroughs. For example, The Bronx is a breakfast sandwich made with corned beef, cheese and egg, served with home fries.
Later in the day, menu items also give a shout-out to Big Apple destinations with sandwiches such as the Hell’s Kitchen (crispy pork schnitzel with provolone and celery slaw) and 5th Avenue (hot pastrami with Swiss cheese).
Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday.
New burger joint on Fairview
Speedy Burger debuted Jan. 17 in the former Arctic Circle spot near Pojo’s Family Fun Center in Boise.
The independently owned fast-food restaurant specializes in charbroiled burgers, but diners also can score deep-fried burgers, hand-battered fish and chips, onion rings, chicken nuggets and eggy breakfast sandwiches during the morning hours.
Customize your burger with add-ons such as cheese, pastrami, bacon and ham. And take advantage of the drive-thru if you’re in a hurry.
The restaurant at 1680 N. Westland Drive also offers ultra-thick milkshakes, sundaes and soft-serve cones.
Speedy Burger is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.
Seafood market slashes prices
Louie’s Wild Alaskan Seafood, a small fish market at 9176 W. Fairview Ave., is selling its troll-caught, blast-frozen salmon (king, silver and keta) at 50 percent off. Plus, all spot prawns are 20 percent off.
Owners Louie and Karina Holst, who fish the open waters near Sitka, Alaska, are expecting to keep the seasonal retail shop open through Feb.15, or until the supply runs out. It’s time for them to get back to their 52-foot catcher-processor in Southeast Alaska for the winter king salmon season, which runs February through March.
The Holsts are planning to return to Boise in the fall with a big haul of wild seafood — possibly at a new location.
Louie’s Wild Alaskan Seafood is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.