Former Kulture Klatsch owner Michelle Reynolds was all set to unveil her new vegan-friendly cafe and juice bar, Kind Cuisine Cafe, in the Collister Shopping Center on March 25. But mere days before her grand opening, she received some unfortunate news.
"Four days before we were going to open, I got an email saying that the space that contains our restaurant--Kind Cuisine, formally Salt--and Green Chutes was being leased to someone who wanted to take the entire space," said Reynolds.
Though Reynolds confirmed there was a clause in her lease saying this was a possibility, she said she was told there was "probably a 1 percent chance it's even going to possibly happen."
Kind Cuisine will relocate to a larger spot in the same complex next to Nam King. Reynolds said the shopping center owners will cover the costs of constructing a kitchen and patio area in the new location.
"[They're] trying to provide a minimum of what we would have here in our site that we did lease," said Reynolds. "[They have] agreed to cover our out-of-pocket costs so far and try to make it as cost-neutral as possible. But obviously there will be expenses and incidentals trying to keep our staff together and keep them on payroll for three months."
Phil Voorhees, managing member of the partnership that owns Collister Shopping Center, wouldn't say any more about the lease agreements or kitchen construction at Kind.
"I cannot comment on the terms of any of the current or pending leases at the property," he wrote in an email to Boise Weekly.
The Green Chutes artists' co-op will also be moving to a corner spot at the end of the Collister complex. But Voorhees was also tight-lipped about who or what will take over the soon-to-be-vacant 12,000-square-foot space.
"We're bound by a confidentiality agreement as we negotiate a few of these items and I want to be respectful of all the parties there," said Voorhees. "We've got a signed letter of intent with the tenant that we think is going to be a fantastic add to the shopping center and will sort of be in great alignment with our concept of providing value-focused tenants to that part of Boise."
As for Kind Cuisine Cafe, Reynolds hopes to be up and running in around three months. In addition to serving vegan cuisine with dairy options, the cafe will boast a full juice and smoothie bar, an espresso bar and wine and beer. Reynolds plans to serve breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. She's also toying with the notion of offering casual pris-fixe dinners on Friday and Saturday nights.
"It's going to be Klatsch-ish but also a little more on the cleaner side," said Reynolds. "We're really trying to stay with organics and local food and seasonal food and that sort of thing. So it's kind of a little upgrade from the Klatsch.