The Press and The Brickyard Open; Chronic Tacos Closes 

Hola paninis and pianos, adios burritos

Get the scoop on The Press.

Leila Ramella Rader

Get the scoop on The Press.

Piazza di Vino's red velour and low lights are long gone. The Ninth Street nook is now occupied by a new bar/cafe: The Press. Opened by husband-and-wife duo Melissa and David Schafer on July 2, The Press has a simple, airy cafe vibe.

"What we'd like to portray is that we're a public house. Basically it's a place where people can come, relax, have good food, good drinks. Everybody's welcome," said Melissa.

Though the Schafers are still undecided on when they'll have an official grand-opening celebration, they're currently open for business Monday through Saturday from 4-11 p.m. They have a selection of beers--including Brother David's Abbey Ale and Franziskaner Weissbier--and wines by the glass and bottle. They also have a small menu featuring a cheese board, bleu cheese-covered kettle chips, a margherita pizza and paninis.

"Where 'The Press' derived its name from is the panini press. We're going to have a lot of panini sandwiches," said Melissa.

For more information on The Press, stop in at 212 N. Ninth St. or call 208-336-9577.

Chronic Tacos--the franchise Cal-Mex taco and burrito joint (nudge nudge)--closed its doors suddenly on July 1. Clay Carley, general manager at Old Boise, which owns the Pioneer Tent Building property where Chronic Tacos was located, said the restaurant had been struggling for a while.

"They had closed their Meridian store two months earlier," said Carley. "They just couldn't make it in this market."

An employee at Jenny's Lunch Line, the cafe adjacent to the former Chronic Tacos space, said she hadn't heard anything about the closure but noticed that the business was shut down all weekend. Though Carley also learned about the restaurant's closure on July 1, he wasn't completely blindsided.

"I watched their business, and I wasn't totally surprised," said Carley.

Calls to Chronic Tacos HQ in California were not returned.

When one door closes, another opens. Across the street at Sixth and Main, Chad Johnson's new fine-dining steakhouse meets dueling piano bar concept, The Brickyard, officially opened on July 8.

For hours or reservations, call 208-287-2121.

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