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Bardenay will join the Boise Airport concessions this weekend

Starting this weekend, you can start your travels off with a Bardenay martini — shaken or stirred, your preference — at the latest addition to the Boise Airport restaurants.

Last year the Boise Airport launched its renovation of its concessions throughout its concourses. So far, locally owned businesses Big City Coffee and Cafe, Parrilla Grill and Cantina and now Bardenay have partnered with Delaware North, a national concessions giant out of Buffalo, New York, to offer a lineup of more local and regional dining and shopping options for travelers.

Boise-based restaurant chain Bardenay will open its airport annex this weekend in the main food court, located just past security. It will feature about a third of the distillery/pub’s menu, but no burgers, says Bardenay owner Kevin Settles.

“There are a lot of hamburgers out there,” he says. “We’ll offer some of our other popular dishes.”

Bardenay opened its first location in Boise in 2000 as the first restaurant/distillery in the country.

Settles and his crew worked with Delaware North to choose menu items that would represent the best of what Bardenay does in a timely fashion. People often have less than an hour before or between their flights. Settles also worked with the bar staff to replicate Bardenay’s signature craft cocktails made with Bardenay vodkas, gin and rums. You’ll also find the familiar look and ambiance of the Downtown Bardenay at 610 W. Grove St.

Bardenay also has locations at 155 E. Riverside Drive, Eagle, and in Coeur d’Alene.

Other airport openings

•  Denver-based

Smashburger

opened last weekend in the main food court in the former McDonald’s spot. Smashburgers are one-third or half-pound balls of 100 percent fresh Angus beef “smashed” on a flat grill to sear in the flavor.



•  Cafe Del Sol, a grab-and-go gourmet sandwich and soup shop, is also open on Concourse B.



•  Cross Grains, a new pub concept, opened this week on Concourse B across from the new Idaho Statesman Store. Cross Grains features a rotating selection of Idaho craft beer from

Payette Brewing Co.

,

Crooked Fence Brewing

,

McCall Brewing Co.

and

Sockeye Brewery

, along with Idaho-made

44 North Vodka

.



•  Still to come are Harvest and Grounds, a coffee spot on the lower level Alaska Airlines concourse and the Greenbelt Store on the main level.



Look for a grand opening for all the new concessions on July 7.

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