New State and Lemp Restaurant Needs Special Approval to Sell Booze Near School

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Owners of the soon-to-open State and Lemp restaurant are targeting Thursday, Oct. 17 as opening night. In July, Boise Weekly reported that owners Remi McManus and Jay Henry would soon open their fine-dining concept, offering prix-fixe menus starting at $75.

But the owners will need a little help from the city of Boise to secure a special waiver from the state of Idaho Alcohol Beverage Control in order to sell beer or wine. Because the restaurant, at 2870 West State Street, is located within 300-feet of Lowell Elementary School, the location requires a special waiver to sell alcohol.

Two previous occupants of the property, the Pacific Rim Wine Shop and Amigos Mexican Restaurant, were able to secure a waiver and serve beer and wine, but that doesn't necessarily mean the school is in favor of the practice.

In fact, a letter dated Oct. 3 from Dr. Don Coberly, superintendent of the Boise School District, indicates that the district opposes such a waiver for State and Lemp.

"As a public school district, we cannot support a waiver which would allow alcohol to be served in such close proximity to one of our schools," Coberly wrote to the Boise City Clerk's office.

But the city clerk is still recommending that State and Lemp be granted such a waiver. This Tuesday, Oct. 8, the Boise City Council will be asked to forward an approval letter to the state of Idaho, supporting the waiver for State and Lemp.

"Staff recommends approval of this waiver based upon previous licenses issued at this premise and to provide consistency with prior waiver approvals within 300 feet of a school," Deputy City Clerk Jamie Heinzerling wrote to the Boise City Council.