It’s a good time for Treasure Valley people who eat out: More than three dozen restaurants, coffee shops and fast-food joints recently opened or will open soon in Boise and Meridian.
“Food users are expanding nationwide. I think it is a trend based on convenience and the strong economy,” said LeAnn Hume, branch manager and principal of Cushman & Wakefield, a commercial real estate services company with an office in Boise.
The Treasure Valley’s growing population and a new push to bring more visitors here are also driving forces. More than a half dozen hotels are under construction in the valley, including four in Downtown Boise near the newly expanded convention center.
“I do believe there are an inordinate amount of restaurants under construction in the Treasure Valley, however the population is growing, and the additional hotel capacity will allow for larger events to be hosted here, which drives the traffic through the restaurants,” said Andrea Nilson, a Cushman & Wakefield agent.
Nearly all of the new restaurants and coffee shops are regional or national franchises, but there are a handful of homegrown ones. They include:
▪ Owyhee Tavern, owned by Barry Werner, John Toth and Kristy Toth.
▪ Pesto’s Pizza, owned by Lloyd and Marce Parrott.
▪ The Coffee Mill, owned by Steven Tracy.
▪ Das Alpenhaus Delikatessen, owned by Gregory Hanson and Jamie Webster.
▪ Meraki Greek Street Food owned by Taki and Aki Kalatzakis.
▪ Mom’s Diner, owned by Terese Reynolds, Yvonne Vick and Will Hay.
Mom’s Diner is a collaboration of experienced local restaurant professionals who have longed for a place of their own. Reynolds and Vick work at Willowcreek Grill/Raw Sushi, and Hay is bar manager at Spacebar Arcade and former bar manager at Milky Way. The executive chef is Sean Campbell-Brennan, a Le Cordon Bleu graduate whose experience includes Milky Way, Modern Hotel and Portland’s Tasty & Alder.
The group wanted to open a restaurant in a neighborhood setting, so they chose the former Maria’s La Fiesta site on Boise Avenue near Boise State University, Hay said. The restaurant will open in the spring.
“We want to pay homage to Boise eateries, so we will have pie a la mode, but you can get the ‘Manley’ size, a larger portion, as a nod to Manley’s on Federal Way,” Hay said. “Andrea Maricich of the Milky Way has given me her blessing to serve her beef cheeks. “I am sure once folks catch on, they will have lots more Boise favorites they will have us re-create. We of course want to do some nods to our moms, so we will have some of their recipes as specials.”
Here’s what has recently opened or opens soon in Boise and Meridian:
Black Bear Diner: 7552 W. State St. across from Walmart, Boise. Opens October 2017.
Buffalo Wild Wings: 777 W. Main St. City Center Plaza, Downtown Boise. Opened Aug. 29.
Das Alpenhaus Delikatessen: 1340 S. Vista Ave., Boise. Opened Oct. 10.
Eureka!: 800 W. Idaho St., Downtown Boise. Opened Oct. 17.
Gyro Shack: 777 W. Main St. Opened Oct. 23.
Jersey Mike’s Subs: 1620 S. Broadway. Opens early 2017.
Meraki Greek Street Food: 345 S. 8th St., Downtown Boise. Opened Oct. 15.
Mom’s Diner: 1221 Boise Ave. Opens spring 2017.
Native Grill and Wings: 7700 State St. across from Walmart. Opens in March.
Owyhee Tavern Steak & Sea: 1109 Main St. in the Owyhee Building, Downtown Boise. Opened Oct. 8.
Panera Bread: 8401 W. Franklin Road near Milwaukee Avenue, Boise. Opens in December.
Richard’s Cafe Vicino: Relocating from 808 W. Fort St. to The Inn at 500 Capitol, Boise. Closes Dec. 15; opens Jan. 2.
Sofra Bosnian Grill: 3665 E. Overland Road, Meridian. Opened Aug. 6.
Taco John’s: 1410 W. McMillan Road, Meridian. Opened Oct. 30.
Wendy’s: 8600 Overland Road near Walmart, Boise. Opens early next year.
All things pizza
Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria: 6700 N. Linder Road, Eagle. Opened Oct. 6.
Idaho Pizza: 5150 Overland Road in Hillcrest Shopping Center. Opened Nov. 1.
Papa Murphy’s: 6887 Fairview Ave. near Allumbaugh Street. Opens this month.
Pesto’s Pizza: 7802 W. Goddard Road across from Capital High School, Boise. Opens this year.
1505 S. Broadway Ave., Boise Opened last month.
3367 Federal Way, Boise. Opens early next year.
4506 Overland Road east of Orchard Street, Boise. Opens early next year.
3325 N. Ten Mile Road, Suite 150, north of Ustick Road, Meridian. Opens early next year.
Beans and Brews Coffee: 6520 S. Eisenman Road at Gowen Road, Boise. Opening details not available.
1604 S. Broadway Ave., Boise. Opens Nov. 18.
1757 W. Chinden Blvd., Meridian. Opened Sept. 30.
Dutch Bros. Coffee: 777 W. Main St. in City Center Plaza, Downtown Boise. Opens late November or early December.
Starbucks: 1870 S. Meridian Road at Overland Road, Meridian. Opens early next year.
Strongline Espresso: 5120 W. Overland Road at Hillcrest Shopping Center, Boise. Opened Oct. 30.
The Coffee Mill: 4979 E. Warm Springs Ave. in Harris Ranch, Boise. Opens May 2017.
Sweets and other treats
Cinnaholic Gourmet Cinnamon Rolls: Fairview Avenue and Eagle Road in Village at Meridian. Opens early 2017.
Cold Stone Creamery: 1028 S. Vista Ave. in Vista Village Shopping Center, Boise. Opened Nov. 4.
Long Drop Cider Co. Tasting Room: 603 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. Opens this month.
White Dog Brewing Co.: 705 Fulton St., Downtown Boise. Opens spring 2017.