Four Restaurants Plan Locations in New Eighth and Main Tower

Posted by Andrew Crisp on Sat, Apr 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM

A rendering of the first floor of Boise's forthcoming Eighth and Main tower.
  • Courtesy Gardner Company
  • A rendering of the first floor of Boise's forthcoming Eighth and Main tower.

Eighth Street, downtown Boise's unofficial restaurant row, will soon be home to four more eateries after officials cut the ribbon on the 18-story Eighth and Main tower, due to open January 2014. One of those will be a new concept by Nampa restaurateur Dustan Bristol.

The Brick 29 chef-owner told Boise Weekly about his new lunch stop, On the Fly, which will find its home on the second floor of the new tower.

"I want to create something like gourmet-style sandwiches with seasonality," Bristol told BW.

The restaurant will feature breakfast and lunch service, along with ready-made, whole-roasted chickens for dinner on the run. In addition, the shop will shirk store-brand lunch meats in favor of turkey, ham and other deli meats roasted in-store.

He said the location is small—only 1,900 square feet with an anticipated 25-30 seats—so he plans to make "upscale grab-and-go meals" a strong part of On the Fly's offerings. Bristol anticipates delivery to tower residents on the floors above his restaurant, and perhaps even to neighboring buildings.

Bristol will share the second floor with an extension of Zion's Bank offices and Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria, relocating from its Old Boise location at 615 W. Main St.

“We want to be in the center of the action and we want to make it easier for our customers to park,” Flatbread owner Robert Lumsden told BW in February.

A third restaurant, the Grill at 8th and Main, will occupy 5,000 square feet on the second floor. Robert Godsill, owner of Cheerleaders Sports Bar & Grill in Meridian, will be opening the new location, but with a much different focus than Cheerleaders. According to the Gardner Company, developers of the tower, the Grill at 8th and Main will be an upscale, full-service restaurant.

Fourth and finally, the tower's first floor will also be home to an outlet of the Winter Park, Fla.-based chain Ruth's Chris Steak House, occupying 9,000 square feet.

Details on hours are still in the works, according to the Gardner Company, but the tower's eateries will be open both weekdays and weekends.

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On the Fly will always be that gas station convenience store on Collister to me.

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Posted by HuffGlueForEternity on 04/27/2013 at 9:17 PM

Ugh, more sandwiches, burgers, pizza, and steak? BO-RING. And Cheerleaders?!? Yikes

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Posted by rubadubdub on 04/28/2013 at 12:25 PM

I agree, a little boring, but at least they're all local. 8th st. is gonna be a full-out restaurant district when this building is complete.

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Posted by eth.hansen on 04/28/2013 at 3:41 PM

Ruth's Chris isn't local. And it doesn't mean a whole hell of a lot to me to have a full-out restaurant district when it's comprised of multiple options of the same thing. Another generic bar and grill?! Really? If I want to have a place to have some drinks while munching on standard American cuisine, what's wrong with the 15 other options within a few blocks? Someone isn't going to survive this saturation. Sounds like On the Fly is gunning for the Bleubird crowd, so perhaps that could alleviate the long lines at Bleubird (I'm trying to find a silver lining here).

Otherwise stagnation is killing downtown's restaurant scene. It's starting to turn into a non-chain version of Meridian's business district along Eagle with five options of the same thing. Even the food truck scene is getting stagnant because no other trucks are being introduced. Only the Bench area is providing an escape from the monotony.

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Posted by Red October on 04/29/2013 at 12:31 PM

I suppose the chefs, restaurateurs, are catering to the mostly pedestrian tastes of their hoped for clientele here in the Treasure Valley, since, after all they are in it to make a living. It would be refreshing if someone would take a risk though, and look to bringing some inventive cuisine to the area. They need to look to places like Portland, San Francisco, Denver, L.A., etc for new ideas.

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Posted by ajax on 05/06/2013 at 9:08 AM

More of the same mundane, often substandard offerings. Boise already has a lot of restaurants but VERY FEW good ones. Look to the real "food towns" like Chicago & San Francisco for ideas.

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Posted by walker on 10/10/2013 at 9:15 AM
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