On Aug. 30, Christine Reid (Red Room, Locavore) opened a new eclectic pizza joint called Cosmic Pizza at 1221 W. Boise Ave. in the space that once housed Chef Roland's Cajun Cuisine.
The formerly Mardi Gras-themed interior got a retro facelift with a smattering of vintage chairs and an old-school videogame console in the corner. The menu follows suit with a Jetsons-esque space theme, offering creations like the Stardust ($13.25, 10 in.; $17.50, 14 in.; $21.75, 18 in.)--with Italian sausage, sun dried tomatoes, red onion, feta, salami, sunflower seeds and red sauce--or the Galactic Fair ($12, $16, $19.80) with mini corn dogs, chili, red onions and cheddar cheese.
Patrons can also build their own pies from a selection of meats, veggies, sauces and cheeses (including vegan cheese). Though some of The Star Fleet specialty pies can get a bit spendy, the lunch special is a sweet deal with a classic slice and a side salad for $5, served Monday through Friday before 4 p.m. The spot also serves up a selection of microbrews and wine. For more info, call 208-258-3871.
In other opening news, the ever-expanding Shige recently opened a satellite fast-food teriyaki concept in Meridian called Shige Teriyaki. The restaurant's menu is fairly similar to Yokozuna Teriyaki, which also recently opened a Meridian location. Both spots offer tonkatsu, gyoza, yakisoba, bubble tea and even share a sushi roll named the Sugar Daddy. For more info on Shige Teriyaki, visit shigejapanesecuisine.com.
Continuing on the Asian grub beat, Baan Thai, the resto that took over the Mai Thai-Eagle space, has closed. Signs posted on the door indicate that the Ada County Tax Collector is seeking reimbursement for unpaid property taxes.
In happier news, Fairview Ave. just got a new non-chain biznaz. The Dhondalicious Artisan Food Co-op is located at 8716 Fairview Ave., between Milwaukee Street and Maple Grove Road and features three vendors from the Meridian Farmer's Market: Ruth Joanne's wholesome foods bakery, Dhondalicious butter toffees and Luis's Place tamale and smoothie restaurant.
"We decided if we were going to take our businesses up to the next level ... then in today's economy, the best way we would be able to do that is to join forces and form a co-op," explained George Davidson, baker and manager of Ruth Joanne's.
The co-op will host a grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 10. For more info, call 208-376-8181 or 208-550-8330.