SunRay - DK Donuts - Zoofari 

Hyde Park Hole in the Wall

Anybody notice a hole in the wall at SunRay Cafe in Hyde Park this weekend? Apparently a remodel has commenced that will expand the current restaurant space into the back garage area, which we all know as "the space formerly known as the Garage bar." Owner Dave Martin said that once it's completed, the back area will provide seating for those cold winter months when the patio just doesn't cut it for the beer-and-pizza crowd.

Here's Hoping It's Really a Remodel

It's a sad sight to drive by DK Donuts at State and 13th streets. The infamous 24-7 donut shop has been a lone, lit-up sugar fix in the night for as long as I've lived in Boise. These days, it's dark, locked up tight and the donut case is entirely empty. A sign on the door says they're closed for remodeling but will reopen soon. Usually, that's restaurant-speak for "we're closed and will re-open next year as a completely different kind of restaurant under new ownership." The fact that the phone number has been disconnected doesn't bode well for DK's future, but there's one sign that perhaps a remodel is all that's in store: a newly paved parking lot. Perhaps the new, smooth asphalt is merely a sign of a newer, improved DK Donuts in the not-so-distant future.

This Week's Wine and Dine

For the "with kiddies" crowd, this Thursday is the final Zoofari at Zoo Boise. Take in a few animals and have some dinner at the same time. Admission prices include a hot dog, chips, a drink and ice cream. Adults tickets cost $7, tickets for kids 4 to 11 are $5.75 and tickets for kids under 3 are $3. Friends of Zoo Boise pay only $3.

Thursday, Aug. 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Zoo Boise in Julia Davis Park. For more information visit

For the "without kiddies" crowd, Franco Latino hosts its First Thursday Wine Flights with the usual five wines and five bites. Winemaker Ryan Raber from Tertulia cellars in Walla Walla, Wash., presents a selection of viognier, sobra, syrah, merlot and cabernet paired with nibbles from Chef Jon Mortimer.

Thursday, Aug. 7, 4:30-6:30 p.m., $15. Franco Latino, 775 S. Rivershore Lane, Eagle, 208-938-2850,

And here's a heads up for next week. Next Thursday, Aug. 14, Le Cafe de Paris will receive a giant shipment of fresh seafood for that night's seafood dinner with seven varieties of shellfish, crab and lobster accompanied by dipping sauces and salads.

$36 per person. Le Cafe de Paris, 204 N. Capitol Blvd., 208-336-0889,

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