After 19 years uncorking bottles at Eighth and Idaho streets, Grape Escape announced it would be packing up its long-stemmed glasses and shutting its doors in late June. While longtime fans of the wine bar lamented the loss, a new generation of imbibers got buzzed about the building's new tenant: The Mode. Owned by Pie Hole's Russ Crawforth, The Mode will be an upscale, craft cocktail lounge that incorporates the history and Art Deco flourishes from Boise's iconic Mode department store, including the building's old signage. Crawforth hopes to have the space open by Jan. 1, 2014 if not sooner. We not only love another place to swig a quality cocktail but to do so at a place that honors Boise's history and personality. So, yes, we'll drink to that. The Mode Lounge, 800 W. Idaho St., Boise.
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