Proposed 'A Cafe' to Serve Simple Fare on 10th Street in Downtown Boise 

click to enlarge KAT COZADD / A CAFE
  • Kat Cozadd / A Cafe
At the new restaurant she hopes to open in Boise, Ashley Syms has a fail-safe plan: Keep it simple. It's an adage that starts in the kitchen and ends with the view from the sidewalk, where the eatery's name will be proudly displayed.

"We are just 'A Cafe.' That was part of the inspiration of the name, keeping it simple and straightforward," Syms said.

Though it has yet to be fully approved by the City of Boise, A Cafe is slated to open in the Kount Building at 111 South 10th Street, where it would join businesses like Good Burger (set to open Sunday, March 10), Bodega Boise and Neckar Coffee.

The restaurant will offer counter service for breakfast and lunch from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, with rustic salads, sandwiches, coffee and tea rounding out the egg and toast-forward breakfast items.

click to enlarge KAT COZADD / A CAFE
  • Kat Cozadd / A Cafe
"It's really simple, straightforward, delicious food," Syms said, doubling down on her philosophy. "We're doing avocado toast, we have a couple different toast options, and homemade granola and yogurt and items like that."

Some early standouts on the still-in-flux menu include a "buttermilk scenario" salad (romaine, cucumber, tomato, bell pepper, white cheddar, edamame, sunflower seeds and housemade buttermilk 'yumminess'), Fontina grilled cheese and broccoli-potato soup with cilantro chimichurri.

Bar seating will compliment individual and family-style tables in the A Cafe dining room, where Syms said she's most comfortable after spending years working in the front-of-house side of the food industry. A Boise native, Syms began her career with Proto's, the Neapolitan pizza joint that once anchored BoDo. Work for the chain took her to Colorado, where she lived for 12 years before moving back to Boise to open her own restaurant, serving the type of food she loves to eat.

"I decided it was time to come home and try something like this, and Boise felt like a good place to do that. I was in Denver and Boulder, and this kind of felt like a more approachable place," she said.

Syms still has a few kitchen positions to fill, but if all goes to plan, A Cafe should open in late May or early June. 
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