Garden City's old-school prawn and prime rib shack, Stagecoach Inn, recently had its liquor license seized for nonpayment of taxes. According to a notice posted on the Idaho State Tax Commission's website, the license is being auctioned off in a sealed bid sale, with a minimum bid of $75,000, which closes Thursday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m.
Stagecoach Inn owners Rick and Jennifer Fraser didn't return calls from Boise Weekly for comment, but on the restaurant's Facebook page Jan. 9, Stagecoach wrote: "No plans to close at all! Still serving Lunch and Dinner with Great Service!"
Moving from a Garden City staple to a rising Meridian star, Gramercy Park Pizza and Grill has taken over the former R&R Public House location at 1626 Wells Ave., Ste. 115. The comfort-food hub features thin-crust pizza made in a wood stone oven, 12 tap handles boasting an array of local beer and a menu brimming with hearty American staples.
"It's a lot of made-from-scratch comfort food," explained co-owner Jessica Price. "We do a great pot roast at dinner, and then at lunch, we call it the Idaho Cheese Steak sandwich--that's pot roast, caramelized onions and either American cheese or Swiss cheese. We also do fresh-roasted corned beef."
Jessica and husband Park Price opened the restaurant in mid December. Brother and sister duo Brook and Aaron Horsewood run the kitchen.
"You actually can see the kitchen from the dining room, you can see the wood stone oven," said Jessica. "When we took over the space, we added booth seating, which really softens the place up. It cut down on the echo."
And speaking of comfort food, Piper Pub and Grill has beefed up its menu, adding a handful of meaty meals from across the pond.
"The pub has always kind of been a British-style, Scottish-style pub, so I guess I was trying to get a little bit more into that side of it, the traditional side of it," said owner Gene Hutchison.
The new menu features items like Scotch eggs, shepherd's pie, and bangers and mash, alongside the pub's other fare.
"It's all the real basic stuff," Hutchinson said. "We're not going to go get into blood pudding and haggis."