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.