The Treasure Valley is experiencing a grocery-storesplosion. Not only is Boise getting a Whole Foods, but Meridian will soon be home to a combo Rosauers Food and Drug and Huckleberry's Natural Market. The store will sit at the intersection of Eagle and Ustick roads in the Gateway Marketplace.
In addition to offering "grocery, specialty and ethnic foods," Rosauers will also contain "a full service meat and seafood counter, scratch bakery and a large service-deli, featuring a seating area with fireplace and a cooking school."
Headquartered in Spokane, Wash., Rosauers plans to open its 21st location in Meridian by spring 2012.
Another exciting development is also under way in Meridian. R & R Public House is currently under construction on the corner of Wells and Overland roads, west of Eagle Road. The restaurant is a collaboration between husband-and-wife duos Shane and Kari Randel and Eric and Julie Ronnow.
"We're going to have a big beer selection. We're going to do beer dinners," explained Shane Randel. "Our opening week is going to include a five-course beer dinner with Sockeye."
Randel cut his beer-and-pizza chops at Front Door when Red Feather Lounge/Bittercreek Ale House restaurateur Dave Krick first started it. He has recruited head chef Keith Moreno, who also worked at Front Door, Red Feather and Bittercreek.
"We're going to do fresh shucked oysters on the half shell. We're going to have clams and mussels. We're going to do flatbreads. We have a wood-stone pizza oven," said Randel. "We're going to have some pasta dishes. We're going to make our own pasta."
Randel described the vibe as "not fine-dining and not just pub food," and noted that, in addition to local beers and wines, R & R Public House will focus on local grub down the line.
"In the summertime, we'll definitely use a lot of local farmers for food," said Randel. "Just getting open, we're going to do the best quality we can do without busting our bank and then when we actually get going in a year, we'll focus a lot more on using the grass-fed meats and stuff like that."
In BODO news, national chain Five Guys Burgers and Fries has announced that it will be opening a new location this summer next door to Proto's Pizzeria.