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October 13-19 2004

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Mais oui, Upscale French in Boise

Chef Andrae Bopp, the owner of the soon-to-open contemporary French restaurant Andrae's is not from Pocatello, as we mistakenly printed a few weeks ago in our rumors section. Bopp got a chuckle out of this rumor because he has been right here in Boise since 1999, with some occasional stints in New York City training under some of the Big Apple's finest French chefs. For those in the culinary know, Bopp has studied with chef Eric Ripert at Le Bernardin, a four-star French restaurant, and with David Bouley at Baltazar, an authentic Parisian Brasserie.

Andrae's is scheduled to open in the old subterranean MilkyWay space at 816 W. Bannock Street sometime in November. The entire layout of the space is being redesigned to include six tables in the main dining area, a private dining room for 14 and a wine tasting area that can accommodate eight. The forest green and burgundy motif will be rich and warm and multiple interior windows will give a sense of space yet preserve a cozy ambience. Those in search of a romantic evening will love the four intimate booths for twosomes, each with arched entries and individual chandeliers.

Andrae's is Bopp's first restaurant and he is dead set on serving cutting-edge cuisine you won't find in other local restaurants. Seafood will be flown in fresh and produce will be seasonal and, when possible, locally grown. Some of the potential menu items include Maine Lobster with sunchoke puree and chanterelle-corn ravioli in a vanilla sauce and boneless quail with duck confit, orzo risotto and aged balsamic vinegar. Bopp says, "I am not going to serve salmon or halibut. Everyone does that."

LOUNGIN' AT PAIR

The owners of Aubergine Café, Christine Reid and Gill Hellmund, have collaborated with Mitch Thompson to introduce a new and creative dining experience to the ultra-happening 6th and Main Street corridor. The new restaurant/bar will occupy the space formerly known as Cheri Bridal at 601 Main Street. The restaurant creators plan to "pair" Aubergine's casual gourmet fare with a full service cocktail and wine lounge in a modern, eclectic atmosphere. Pair will offer extensive hours appropriate for the busy locale--from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.--and will feature both sit down or grab-and-go fare. Pair is slated to open in late October or early November.

New branches of old faves

Guido's Original New York Pizza is opening a third restaurant at Cloverdale and Chinden. Look for the opening in early November.

Baja Fresh is also opening a third restaurant next to Chili's on Broadway at University Drive, with an anticipated opening in late November or mid-December.

TASTE tastings

The new Taste coffeehouse and bar in Hyde Park is offering Monday night football half-time beer tastings:

• October 11--Oktoberfest, $3

• October 18--Stouts, $3

• October 25--British ales, $3

They are also offering Wednesday night educational wine tastings:

• October 6--Spanish Treats, 5-9 p.m., $5

• October 13--Rhone Valley Varietals, 5-9 p.m., $6

• October 20--Creamy & Buttery Chards, 5-9 p.m., $7

• October 27--Scary Good Zinfandels, 5-9 p.m., $6

Taste is located at 1530 North 13th Street in Hyde Park, 336-5122. :

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