by Tara Morgan
Heads up, beer nerds: The former Lobby space at 760 W. Main St. has officially been transformed into The Taphouse. Though the pub had been shooting for a February grand opening, it missed the mark by a couple months. Co-owner Brian Forde confirmed that the space will host a soft opening for friends and family Tuesday, April 24, and Wednesday, April 25, before a public grand opening on Thursday, April 26.
The restaurant will boast a full bar, a patio and 44 taps, 34 of which will be in constant rotation.
“We’ve got about 10 that are brewed right here in Boise, a handful more that are from Idaho, and then pretty much all the rest are from the Northwest,” said Forde.
The Taphouse will also sling lunch and dinner with a traditional pub fare focus. Though Forde isn’t sure if the kitchen will be ready to serve lunch on April 26, he said the doors will definitely open in time for dinner.
“We’re trying to stay a little more attentive to the quality of the ingredients, so we’re doing a lot of local produce, baked-fresh-daily bread,” Forde said. “Our burger is going to be a custom Kobe beef blend that’s ground fresh, never frozen. … It’s coming from Snake River Farms, but we’ve got a butcher that’s doing the custom blending and fresh grinding.”
The Taphouse will offer a happy hour Monday-Friday from 4-6 p.m., with $3 select wines, $2 wells and six different beers for $2. The pub will also host a big grand opening celebration for the patio seating area, which is currently winding through the permitting process.