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Angell's Prepares to Reopen Under New Ownership

And Morels Restaurant opens for the season at Tamarack

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Last week, we gave you a rundown of where to get your grub on in McCall. But since that issue published, there has been another addition to the Valley County dining scene: Morels Restaurant re-opened for the season June 28 at The Lodge at Osprey Meadows in Tamarack Resort.

Boasting a wraparound patio overlooking the golf course with Lake Cascade shimmering in the background, Morels serves lunch and dinner Thursday-Saturday, with brunch and lunch served on Sunday. DeLish Catering has a contract to operate the restaurant through November. The new menu has some eclectic options, including ahi shoyu poke, charcuterie with house-smoked salmon, tempeh curry and crispy duck enchiladas, along with staples like burgers, calamari and chicken strips.

For more info, contact 208-347-3456, or visit delishcatering.com.

Speaking of re-openings, Angell's Bar and Grill is in the process of hiring a staff of 45-50 employees to breathe new life into the recently shuttered Boise landmark. Russell Dawe purchased the business and has renamed it Angell's Bar and Grill Renato.

"We've kept Angell's Bar and Grill on there and the name of my company is Renato ... which is Mediterranean for 'reborn,'" said Dawe. "The philosophy is, Angell's had been around 32 years, it has a tremendous loyal following. ... I could sit here and spend $300,000 in the next three years in marketing and advertising and rebranding, and until the day I die, everybody in this valley is going to call this Angell's."

Though he's keeping the name, Dawe has updated the space, decking out the kitchen with new appliances and updating the cocktail lounge, adding a copper-wrapped bar.

"When they remodeled it back in 2009-2010, they made it definitely fine-dining, dark, compartmentalized-type space," said Dawe. "With the time we've had, we've just tried to brighten it up a little bit."

Chef Dave Shipley, formerly with Brick 29, is still ironing out the menu, but Dawe says patrons can expect some Angell's classics, along with a new menu of trendier, small plates priced in the $10-$14 range.

Dawe is also resurrecting Angell's popular patio, adding live music and additional lawn seating in the surrounding grass amphitheater.

"On Thursdays and Fridays, we will be offering full service out on the lawn, so people can sit back, have a cocktail, have a beer, have wine and get some small plates," he said.

Dawe, who owns the private vocational college Careers Northwest Academy, also plans to open a culinary school in the restaurant.

"Within the next three to five months, I'll be opening up a culinary school here in Angell's. ... We'll be doing a full one-year program, but we'll also be offering kitchen classes, cooking classes to the public."

Angell's Bar and Grill Renato plans to host grand opening events around Boise's Twilight Criterium, Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13. The public can also sample items from the small plates menu earlier that week by making a reservation at renatoboise@gmail.com. For more info, visit facebook.com/angellsbarandgrill.

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