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Plans Announced for Whole Foods' River Room

And Fork moves ahead with new Italian concept, Alavita

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As Whole Foods Market nears its projected opening date in November, more info about the space--located on Broadway Avenue between Myrtle and Front streets--is starting to materialize. The store sent over a list of 56 local vendors that will be selling products in the grocery store--including Homestead Natural Meats, Rice Family Farms, Ferranti Pasta and The Cake Ballers--and has also started gushing about its upstairs taproom, which will be officially called the River Room.

According to Whole Foods' Marketing and Community Relations representative Matt Collins, the space will hold 50 people and offer 16 beers on tap, including local brews, and patrons can also open and consume bottles purchased downstairs. There will be a small menu of prepared foods, including sliders, cheese boards and seasoned nuts. In addition to having TVs, the space will also boast local live music every Thursday, curated by Go Listen Boise.

And in other soon-to-open news, Fork owner Cameron Lumsden has announced the name of his new Italian concept, which is currently under construction at 807 W. Idaho St. Alavita, which means "to life," will focus on local products prepared in an Italian style.

"All of our pastas will be made fresh in house," said Lumsden. "We have an open display kitchen and you'll be able to view everything we're doing: preparing the food fresh, as well as hand-making the pasta."

Lumsden hoped to have the lunch and dinner joint open this year, but has pushed the projected opening date to January 2013.

"We pulled the stucco off the west wall to expose the 120-year-old red brick. ... We'll have a really open floor plan, just a small, quaint, little hip joint--only 70 seats," added Lumsden.

And in more opening news, Bosnia Express recently expanded its operation to include a new drive-thru shack on Chinden Boulevard and Glenwood Street in Garden City. According to a post on Facebook, the BOEX Deli opened Oct. 11.

"We are located [at the] Stinker gas station, little blue and white drive thru sandwich shop. Still have best sandwiches in town, paninis, baguettes, salads and don't forget popular Nutella panini."

The BOEX Deli will be open from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays.

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