- Fans of The Lift on State Street will find much that's familiar--and awesome--at the pub's second location on South La Pointe Street.
Boise State students can now lift their spirits at The Lift 2 (1010 S. La Pointe St.), the second outpost of the iconic State Street pub, which opens Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m.
"When the new Lusk neighborhood started coming up and they built all the student housing back there on La Pointe, it seemed like a natural fit," said owner Jason Kovac, who also owns Whiskey Bar, Tom Grainey's, Crowbar, Silly Birch and, of course, the original Lift.
The Lift 2 takes it menu, as well as its name, from its older sibling.
"I've got to be solid with my brand. ... Same fish tacos, same everything," said Kovac. "We're going to be playing with different daily specials and different things because we're right by the campus."
Fans of The Lift's vine-draped patio will also find something familiar.
"There is going to be a really cool front and back patio, as beautiful as the one out on State Street—maybe even nicer—but we can't do that until it dries out and thaws out and we can pour concrete," said Kovac. "So we'll probably break ground on that around May 1."
On the back patio, sports fans will be able to watch the game on an adjacent brick wall.
"We want to close down the street and do block parties back there and really get involved with the students," said Kovac.
In other opening news, on Feb. 1, local cookie creator Mary Cogswell opened a sleek, modern storefront location for her popular Wildflour Bakery in Garden City (304 E. 42nd St.).
Founded in 1992 in the North End, Wildflour Bakery has long sold its small-batch cookies, muffins, cake breads, granola and other specialty items at the Boise Co-op and Whole Foods Market.
Now, fans can snag Cogswell's addictively delicious sweet treats—like salted chocolate chip cookies and baked apple donuts—along with specialty Flying M espresso drinks and house-made sodas Monday through Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.