Some say the old Boise City National Bank building is cursed. The most recent tenant, Bad Irish—a fratty bar with ample Catholic schoolgirl-clad waitresses and loud live music—closed its doors last Saturday night. Now, Fork, a casual Northwest-inspired eatery, is slated to move in mid- to late-February.
“I think that people have referred to the space as maybe a snake-pit, I don’t think that’s the case … I think it’s a great space, I just think it needs a redo,” said Fork owner Cameron Lumsden. “It hasn’t completely evolved into what it can be.”
Lumsden, brother of Rob Lumsden, owner of Flatbread Community Oven, is giving the large, marbled first-floor a total revamp. The space’s stately columns will soon be wrapped in stained wood to complement exposed red brick walls and a more interactive horseshoe-shaped bar.
“I’ll be more casual; I call it a rustic elegance,” said Lumsden. “It’ll be real approachable from a price-point standpoint: $8-$12 at lunch, $12-$18 at dinner.”
The menu will focus on Northwest regional classics, with a flair for local produce and meats.
“Right now I have been establishing relationships and partnerships with a lot of local area growers and farmers and producers to really keep the cuisine as regional and local as possible,” said Lumsden. “It’ll have a wood-stone rotisserie in there and I’ve been talking with the Homestead Co-op about actually raising all of the chicken for us, so from their farm to our back door.”
Fork is still in the process of securing a liquor license and Bad Irish is currently considering re-opening in another location. Check BW Food News in print on Wednesday, Nov. 10 for more info.