After launching Prost Boise in early June, Missy and T.J. Sayles have their sights set on another venture: North End Pizza. Modeled after Seattle's Ridge Pizza, North End Pizza will open in Hyde Park (1513 N. 13th St.) in the former Brumfield's Gallery space. The Sayles will once again partner with Seattle's Chris Navarra, who owns Ridge Pizza and Prost German Pubs.
"The Ridge's thing is it's a neighborhood pizza place, but it's not Neapolitan," said T.J. "It's not super fancy, it's just sort of what I would call a Northwest pizza pub. We'll have probably 12 to 14 taps—everything from Rainier to more Northwest-focused beers."
The pizza will be "similar to 10 Barrel's pizza, crust-wise," T.J. said, describing it as "not too thick, not too thin." Like Ridge Pizza, North End Pizza will name pies after local businesses and landmarks. Sayles said they will also serve specially designed pizzas benefiting local organizations, as well as oven sandwiches, salads and (probably) lunch specials like smaller pizzas.
"It's a pretty similar menu as the one in Seattle," he said.
T.J. who is the general contractor for the project, said he plans to open up the space in front and add a wraparound bar. Structural engineering is under way and the project is currently in the permitting phase. Plans are to open North End Pizza by the end of the year.
Though Hyde Park already has a pizza joint, Sun Ray Cafe, Sayles said North End Pizza will offer something a little different.
"I think it will be a nice addition to the neighborhood and all the responses I've gotten have been pretty positive, including from the other business owners that I've talked to in the neighborhood," he said. For more info, visit facebook.com/northendpizzaboise.
In other opening news, the building at 6103 W. Fairview Ave. that formerly housed HoneyBaked Ham plans to reopen as Boise Bistro Market. Owner Moe Stark said the revamp follows the expiration of the shop's franchise agreement with HoneyBaked Ham.
Stark, whose business partners include wife Karen, sons Keuper and Kurtis, and daughter-in-law Kari, said Boise Bistro Market will specialize in "really good, really high quality food items."
"That's our objective: to bring unique things into our store that aren't being marketed by anybody else," Stark said. "So it's just going to be high quality, delicious food that you can eat here as well as buy to take home to prepare in your own home."
Though Stark is still formulating the menu for the cafe, he plans to include take-out and dine-in areas, along with a new front patio that he hopes to have open by next spring.
"What we're really going to push our first few weeks is our new drive-through window for coffee and espressos and lattes," Stark said. "Then we're going to have an extensive pastry menu and breakfast wraps. ... We're working primarily with Treasure Valley Coffee. They've been our supplier of coffee for 25 years."
In addition to coffee, Boise Bistro Market will also offer a selection of beer and wine to drink onsite or purchase and take home—it will cater to both morning and after-work crowds.
"We'll probably have musicians sometimes and when we get our patio up and running, it will be a place to hang out here on the West side of town," Stark said. Boise Bistro Market is scheduled to open by October.
In awesome event news, Woodland Empire Ale Craft (1114 W. Front St.) is hosting its inaugural Taco Beer Taco Fest on Saturday, Sept. 26, 4-11 p.m. at the brewery. The fest will feature tacos from Archie's Place, B-Town Bistro, Funky Taco and Calle 75 Street Tacos, along with Mexican mochas from Neckar Coffee. In addition to all the tortilla-wrapped action, Woodland Empire will offer special brews like horchata wit and cilantro-lime saison, along with micheladas. Music will be provided by Travis Ward, Edmond Dantes, Poke and the Vinyl Preservation Society of Idaho. Bike parking, courtesy of Boise Bicycle Project, will be available next door at PreFunk Beer Bar. For more info, visit facebook.com/WoodlandEmpire.Ale.Craft.
In equally awesome event news, the Oinkari Basque Dancers are once again hosting their annual Sagardotegi dinner at the Basque Center Saturday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. The evening will feature freely flowing Basque cider imported from Sidreria Bereziartua and a traditional Basque ciderhouse menu prepared by Chef Jesus Alcelay that will include salt cod omelets; cod sauteed with onions, peppers and garlic; slices of tender rare steak; and manchego with walnuts and membrillo—a pink jelly made from tart quince.
Tickets are $45 per person, include all-you-can-drink cider and beer and are available at oinkari.org.