Food News: Cafe Vicino and State and Lemp 

A name change and something new

Prix-fixe hot-spot State and Lemp is launching a new reduced price seating Saturday nights at 9 p.m., dubbed the Saturday Night Supper Club. The meal, which includes wine pairings, will cost $60 per person as opposed to the usual $105.

"We're doing it for two reasons: We're doing it to try to motivate a different crowd to join us and then we're also doing it to try to influence that later dining time in Boise and give people that might not have an opportunity to try us because of the price-point an opportunity to try us," explained co-owner Remi Mcmanus.

Though the Saturday Night Supper Club won't feature the exact menu that's served at the full-price seating, Mcmanus said it will be fairly similar.

"It won't necessarily be less food. Sometimes it'll be less courses; sometimes it might not be less courses; sometimes it might be family style," said Mcmanus. "For the most part, it will be the same experience that you get at State and Lemp, but we're going to adapt certain things."

The inaugural Saturday Night Supper Club seating will take place Saturday, Aug. 9, at 9 p.m.

"We don't want to devalue what we're doing already--we can't offer what we're doing now for less money--but we can do something else and influence, perhaps, a younger crowd or perhaps just people who want to try us out more often," Mcmanus said.

In other North End restaurant news, Café Vicino is getting a facelift and will now be called Richard's Café Vicino.

"We changed our logo is all we did," explained Chef and Owner Richard Langston.

"It has been seven and a half years and it needed to be refreshed a little bit," he added. "Truthfully, for seven years, people have been going, 'Oh, you're that Richard from Richard's in Hyde Park?' so we just included that in the name now."

Other than the name-change, the Italian-influenced cafe will stay the same.

"Nothing has changed other than we're getting new signage and we have new menu paper," added Langston.

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