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Boise's Pie Hole Moves Beyond Boise

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It's official: Pie Hole is taking over the pizza world.

Brothers Jason and Russ Crawforth opened the first location of their late-night by-the-slice pie joint in downtown Boise almost five years ago, and despite some stiff competition (like three other by-the-slice joints in as many city blocks), Pie Hole has grown to what will be four locations by Friday, April 1.

Russ Crawforth announced this week that Pie Hole's third installment (the second opened on Broadway Avenue, catering to the Boise State crowd two years ago) will open in Meridian, and that his brother, Jason, along with another business partner, will open No. 4 in Pocatello. (It's also possible that in the very near future a fifth Pie Hole will open for business in Salt Lake City.)

You'll recognize the menu at the Meridian location, but the vibe might be slightly different. Don't worry, there's no strip malls involved--the Crawforths have wedged the new location near three bars in downtown Meridian--but Russ told Boise Weekly he expects the Meridian Pie Hole to be more family friendly than, say, the edgy urban flagship location in downtown Boise. Got a gaggle of little leaguers? Meridian's location is twice the size of the downtown Boise location, which means you can haul your team in after a game and shut their pie holes with a few slices of potato bacon pizza.

Notable fact No. 1 about the Meridian location: the brushed aluminum sign lighting the way to Pie Hole's entrance is solar powered. Notable fact No. 2 about the Meridian location: there will be an arcade featuring a handful of old-school games (Pac Man, anyone?).

Meridian artists will, like Boiseans before them, have the opportunity to throw some art on the walls. A few walls inside and out are slated to become murals and rotating shows on non-muraled walls will provide a breath of fresh air periodically.

Pie Hole, 726 Main St., Meridian, pieholeusa.com. Open Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-3 a.m. and Sun.-Tue. 11 a.m.-midnight.

And if you're checking in with Food News early this week, and have an opening on your agenda on Thursday, March 25, you might still snag a spot at Bella Aquila. Chef David Knickrehm and 3 Horse Ranch Vineyards have teamed up for a dinner that includes seared duck breast with an '07 cab-sav or braised veal hips with an '07 cab-merlot. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and is $65 per person plus tax and gratuity. Reservations required. 775 S. Rivershore Lane, Eagle, 208-938-1900.

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