by Tara Morgan
Following in the footsteps of Manhattan Grill, Texas Boogie and Boogie Woogies, The BrickYard will soon become Boise’s newest dueling-piano bar/restaurant.
“If we’re able to complete everything and do it on time, then we’ll open on June 27,” said owner Chad Johnson. “If not, then we'll push it to the next most reasonable date.”
Johnson, who also owns Reef, The Front Door and Legends Pub and Grill, will open The BrickYard in the old Idaho Statesman Building on Sixth and Main streets, former home to Red Room. The space has been under construction since late last fall.
“We’ve taken out the floors, taken out a number of beams,” said Johnson. “We’ve taken out nine columns, structurally, and replaced them with steel … All of our doors and trim were made from the beams that we removed.”
Even though it will be a late-night piano bar, The BrickYard will also go ivory league during dinner and court the fine-dining crowd.
“It is a steakhouse … It’s going to be fine-dining,” said Johnson. “We’ll be more casual by lunch, no tablecloths, no linens. By evening, we’ll be tablecloths and candlelight. It’s going to be heavy on the service side. All of our entrees come with a salad service that’s prepared table-side.”
The kitchen, run by Chef Jeremy Haskell, will focus on USDA prime and USDA choice beef cuts sourced from Midwest corn-fed cattle. Menu prices will run between $18 and $40.
“Whatever a guest is willing to pay, that’s the guest that we target … Generally speaking, it caters to a clientele that doesn’t think about menu prices or doesn’t think about wine bottle prices, they just order what they want,” said Johnson.
In an interesting twist, The BrickYard is also aiming for the late-night crowd, with dueling piano entertainment running from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
“Our music manager actually just relocated from North Carolina,” explained Johnson. “He ran a circuit back there. He will be bringing musicians from all over to play in our club.”
Asked what The BrickYard will add to the Sixth and Main corridor downtown, Johnson replied:
“I think it’s going to bring a more sophisticated guest down … Reef is the mid-tier dining and this is going to be on the top-tier of dining, as far as cost per plate and the expectation of service … We feel like John Mortimer did a fairly good job when he was just a block over from us.”
Check back for updates on The BrickYard's official grand opening festivities.