Fourteen years ago, Janet and Rob Weston closed their Hyde Park restaurant Pacific Rim to raise their sons.
“It was great. We bought ski passes and taught them how to shoot,” Janet said. “They were being raised by their nanny before that.”
But now, the family is ready to take on the food industry once again.
The Pacific Rim Wine Stop will take over the former Amigo's building at 2870 W. State St., and the Westons hope to open by early June. The shop will sell wine and craft bottled beers, as well as gourmet grab-and-go food and picnic baskets.
Rob previously worked as the wine chef at Chandlers Steakhouse before recently designing an upscale menu for Pinz Bowling Center and Wahooz Family Fun Zone in Meridian. The couple’s son Sean, 24, will also be involved in the business.
“He must have got stung by the restaurant bug,” Janet said. “He wanted to cook, and fell in love with the business.”
Sean will be Pacific Rim’s chef and will help run the day-to-day aspects of the store with Rob. They plan to bring back Pacific Rim favorites, including Sonoran egg rolls.
“I still have old customers that tell me they miss Pacific Rim,” she said.
Pacific Rim Wine Stop will offer picnic baskets for all occasions, including a basket for boating on the lake, a basket for an evening at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and even a basket for a day skiing at Bogus Basin, complete with hot chocolate. The baskets will include wine and a wine opener, and the menu will be on the shop’s website, allowing people to call and order ahead.
“If a husband even just wanted to stop by and pick up a basket on his way home from work, he could walk in the door and say, ‘Honey, I have a surprise for you. It’s dinner,’” Janet said.
The family also plans to cater events. They will host wine dinners where they bring in a winemaker from Washington or north Idaho to introduce their wines and pair them with a five-course meal.
And the shop’s wine will be held in wrought-iron wine racks crafted by a local artist.
“I want my wine store to be welcoming,” Janet said. “I don’t want it to look like the wine section in Albertsons.”
“It’s great fun to make somebody’s day,” she added. “With the shop, we’ll have lots of opportunity to do that.”