When 13th Street Pub and Grill took over the former Bungalow space in Hyde Park, the new owners sunk a pretty penny into the patio space, adding removable glass windows and a central fire pit surrounded by seats.
Now 13th Street has ratcheted things up another notch, putting all other patios in town to shivering shame.
"We put in geothermal heating underneath, so the floor radiates the heat from underneath and goes up," said wine purchaser Tony Baker.
The toe-warming remodel, which took approximately two weeks to complete, "was not inexpensive," said Baker, chuckling.
Speaking of feeling all toasty, why not head down to Payette Brewing Company for a gut-warming mug of its limited-release holiday brew, Busted Wagon. In addition to adding a rosy flush to your cheeks, Busted Wagon will also warm your heart--100 percent of proceeds from the amber-colored ale will be donated to the Women's and Children's Alliance.
You can also score a pint at Bardenay, Gernika, Bittercreek, Brewforia, Fork and Falcon Tavern among others. For more information, visit payettebrewing.com.
In other giving-back news, Bardenay will host a Charity Night on Monday, Dec. 19, from 5-9 p.m., in which 20 percent of sales benefit Wish Granters. The local nonprofit grants wishes to Treasure Valley adults with terminal illnesses. For more information, visit bardenay.com.
If you'd rather give the gift of diabetes--er, sugary holiday confections, consider a couple of cupcakeries. Dulce Cupcakes, which currently has a booth at the Capital City Public Market, offers "super duper fancy schmancy" flavors like cookie vs. cupcake, which features a chocolate chip cookie baked inside a double chocolate cupcake, salted caramel mocha and banana butterscotch a-roo. To schedule a delivery, call 208-880-2637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sugar Rush Cupcakery is also whipping up gourmet cupcakes for the holidays. Sugar Rush has a new storefront location at 10804 W. Fairview Ave. near Five Mile Road, where it offers 28 cupcake varieties along with Family Ties fudges and brittles. Options include chardonnay- and bourbon-flavored brittles, pumpkin butterscotch or eggnog fudge and special-order pies and cheesecakes. Sugar Rush is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday. For info, call 208-376-1918.