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The Sun, the Moon and an Oven

I'm striving for nothing but good news in this edition of Food News. No disconnected phone lines, no sudden and unexplained closures, no reports of mystery roadkill being skinned and served in local restaurants. (That last one comes to you from a regular Food News reader who sent me this little diddy out of New York: "Health inspectors have shut down a Chinese restaurant in New York after they found workers butchering roadkill to serve in their dishes.")

So out with the bad and in with "zer gut."

We have an opening. That's right an opening.

Flatbread Community Oven has augmented its list of Boise locations with the opening of its new restaurant in downtown Meridian. It's been a busy year for Rob and Lisa Lumsden, who opened the flagship Neapolitan pizzeria in Bown Crossing in 2006. Last summer, the second location opened in Bend, Ore., and the paint is still fresh in the Meridian location. In addition to taking wood-fired pizza seriously, Flatbread Community Oven puts wine and family dining on the list of priorities. Have a handful of kids who all want different goods on their pizzas? Kids make their own personal pies at Flatbread any day of the week.

830 N. Main St., Meridian, 208--288-0969.

Also on the restaurant front, Moon's Kitchen Cafe just celebrated 53 years in business, but here's the really shocking news: Moon's is moving. After 37 years in its current location, the diner is pulling roots and replanting a block south and east. Owner Lisa Kugel said the restaurant will make its move in December, relocating to Idaho Street in the space that formerly housed A Taste of Memphis. Since Kugel and Bob Dempsey took over the iconic downtown diner last year, they've massively transformed the space, closing the gift shop and expanding the dining area. However, Kugel said at this point in the renovations, the work needed on the plumbing and electrical systems is cost-prohibitive—especially without much of a financial boost from the building's out-of-state owner. However, the only change, Kugel said, will be the digs. The menu, prices and even the counter will all move intact although the counter will be just a few inches shorter.

815 W. Bannock St., 208-385-0472. Soon to be 712 W. Idaho St.

And if you've taken a spin through the North End recently, you may have noticed the long awaited remodel at the back of SunRay Cafe. It seems at long last the saga of The Garage is over. Or at least some people are moving onward and upward. SunRay Cafe owner Dave Martin had some serious work done on the joint to prepare for the winter weather. Martin had the front half of the building joined to the back half through what was once the restrooms. Now, with an indoor dining space in the rear, SunRay customers can get through the winter with their pizza and without frostbite.

1602 N. 13th St., 208-343-2887.

This Week's Wine and Dine

Every Wednesday, Tavern Wine Market hosts a weekly wine tasting with an always changing selection of vino and nibbles to match. This Wednesday's tasting is Thanksgiving wine. Sure you can always rely on a good gewurztraminer to get you through Turkey Day, but why not add a few bottles to this year's table? Sample Lucien Albrecht Pinot Gris Reserve Romanus, J Pinot Noir Russian River, Murphy Goode Fume Blanc, a 2006 pinot noir from Wild Horse Winery and Estancia's 2001 Red Meritage.

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 5-8 p.m., $13 plus tax and gratuity (appetizers included), Tavern Wine Market, 3073 S. Bown Way, 208-343-9463.

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