Caffeine fiends in Meridian and Mountain Home might have noticed that Moxie Java's teal-winged signage was recently replaced by a new brand: Lucky Perk. Two owner groups that control six Treasure Valley Moxie Java franchises decided to team up and go their own way.
"We're trying to get a little bit more control of our products and really focus on what our customers have been asking for," said Dave Rickard, owner and manager of the former Moxie on Maple Grove and Overland roads. "We've always gotten along great--the two different owner groups from Moxie--and when the opportunity came along to go with them, we really jumped at the opportunity."
New Lucky Perk locations include Eagle and Ustick roads, Cherry Lane and Linder Road, Overland and Eagle roads, Overland and Meridian roads, Overland and Maple Grove roads, and American Legion Boulevard and N. Fourth E. in Mountain Home.
Rickard said the stores will retain the same equipment but have contracted with another coffee provider.
"We actually are reserving who we are doing that with, they actually are local--a small-batch artisan roaster--but just right now during the transition, we're keeping that a little close to the vest until we make sure we have everything just the way we want it," said Rickard.
Rickard confirmed the stores will also keep their same staff.
"We're not letting anyone go; same employees," said Rickard. "Hopefully, we'll be so busy, we'll need to add more."
In other changing of signage news, Falcon Tavern at 705 W. Bannock St. in Boise, has now become The Redheaded Finn Pub, under new owner Ginger Ragan and her sister, manager Rhonda House, who took over the space in 2012.
"We chose the name The Redheaded Finn to recognize our ethnic heritage (and Ginger's red hair)," reads the restaurant's website, redheadedfinnpub.com.
The menu, staff and decor at Redheaded Finn will remain mostly the same as Falcon Tavern.
"We hope that the regulars realize we are doing some new things but not taking away from the old ... just adding our own touches and twists, and maybe adding some of our cultural flavor," reads the restaurant's website.