The Bouquet Gets Icy 

And Le Cafe de Paris debuts new dinner menu

Make it a cioppino Sunday at Cafe Vicino.

Leila Ramella-Rader

Make it a cioppino Sunday at Cafe Vicino.

It looks like the periodically dormant Bouquet space at 1010 Main St. is finally getting a face-lift. After an exhausting open-close dance, the historic downtown bar is gearing up to open as The Ice Bouquet in late October.

Owners have been trying to ramp up hype for the spot with coy Tweets and Facebook posts like: "Looks like something is getting a makeover. Wonder where and what it could be? #ICEisComing"

For more on what will fill the new bucket, check back with Boise Weekly in coming weeks.

Another downtown staple that has gone through a recent revamp is Le Cafe de Paris. The bistro/bakery debuted a new dinner menu with a "more traditional" French bistro focus in early September.

"Everything is made from scratch daily, but it's not over the top; it's just good comfortable cooking," said owner Mathieu Choux.

New menu items include duck confit, steak frites, a bacon onion tart with whole-wheat crust and oysters on a half shell.

In other restaurant evolution news, Cafe Vicino just announced that it will now be open for dinner Sunday nights from 5-9 p.m., beginning Sunday, Sept. 30.

"We've had a lot of customer requests to add Sunday night, and are looking forward to offering a relaxing start to the work week or relaxing end to the weekend depending on your point of view," chef-owner Richard Langston wrote in an email.

Reservations can be made by calling 208-472-1463 or online at

And in more opening news, Bleubird is now slinging specialty sandwiches Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the former Fixx location at 224 N. 10th St. The airy, robin's egg blue space serves sandwiches, artisan cheese and charcuterie plates and fresh squeezed sodas. The spot's daily "apres" happy hour runs from 4-7 p.m. and features an array of wine and beer options served in quaint mason jars.

For more info on Bleubird, visit

Speaking of downtown openings, Reel Foods Fish Market is now in full swing in its new expanded location at 611 Capitol Blvd. In addition to fresh fish and meats, the space features more prepared food options, like fresh ahi poke. For daily updates on fresh fish offerings, visit

And finally, Spacebar Arcade, 200 N. Capitol Blvd., has announced that it will open Saturday, Sept. 22. The spot will feature around 30 coin-operated vintage arcade games and rotating taps.

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