Boise Bodega The Roosevelt Market Will Reopen This Fall, But With a Twist 

click to enlarge LAURIE PEARMAN
  • Laurie Pearman
For a lot of Boiseans, the closure of The Roosevelt Market in December 2018, the popular East End bodega, was as much the possible end of an era for a neighborhood landmark as it was a signpost on the road to a Boise that seemed bigger, more crowded and less familiar. Take heart: Two of the most trusted restauranteurs in the city will reopen it as a market, bakery and sandwich shop.

"We are creating a destination for those who share our passion for great food and whimsy, while providing a mainstay for our East End neighbors," wrote Chef Sarah Kelly, who, along with her husband, David, will be the shop's new proprietors, in a press release.

The backstory: The Kellys are the duo behind the popular downtown sandwich shop Bleubird. On its closing day in 2017, a line of faithful patrons looking to score one last Reuben or tuna nicoise stretched around the block. Later, they opened Petite 4, a stylish French-inspired bistro in the Bench neighborhood.

Late last year, The Roosevelt closed, but owners Pamela Lemley and Jill Simplot said the Kellys were "the perfect fit" for the revamped market, The Roosevelt Market & Cafe.

The Roosevelt is currently undergoing structural improvements—the original building was constructed in 1912—but when it reopens in fall of this year, it will serve coffee, baked goods, local produce, select specialty items and sandwiches inspired by the Bleubird. Eventually, they will introduce Sunday plated dinners. The Kellys will continue to run Petite 4, in addition to the new market.

A renovation kickoff is scheduled for Friday, April 5, at 3 p.m., and there will be status updates posted on its social media accounts at @therooseveltboise.


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