Late last week, chef Ryan Hembree, formerly of Life's Kitchen, walked around Brewforia Eagle's open floorplan with a plate of chicken wings. Owner Rick Boyd surveyed the space and said the last detail would be the City of Eagle accepting his application to serve beer.
Shortly thereafter, on August 13, the spot officially opened its doors at 78 Eagle River St., Suite 165 in Eagle.
At 4,550 square feet, including a 1,500-square-foot kitchen, Brewforia Eagle has indoor seating for 129 and outdoor seating for 100 more. Ten taps will serve between 60 and 80 rotating beers a week. By comparison, Brewforia's Meridian location has indoor seating for 44 and an additional 28 outside, and serves about 40 beers on tap per week.
With its larger kitchen, Boyd said food will be more of a focus and menu items will be paired with beers by Hembree.
"With beer, you can create a unique range of flavors that we think will go well with our menu," Boyd said.
Some of the new menu items will include jerked chicken with banana hot sauce, sandwiches like the softshell crab po boy and an expanded range of chicken wings.
Brewforia Eagle occupies the former Baan Thai and Mai Thai Eagle location. Boyd took over the space May 1, and began a $150,000 remodel the next day, tearing out the interior walls and fountain, installing new floors and giving the kitchen "a thorough cleaning."
Though the remodel was fraught with delays, particularly where it conflicted with beer licensing, Boyd said this is only the beginning of his vision for the company.
"We're only going to get bigger from here," Boyd said.
And speaking of expanding empires, sushi chef Shigeki Matsuzawa is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his restaurant, Shige Japanese Cuisine, Saturday, Aug. 18, from 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Shige will host a luau at The Club House Event Center at 7311 W. Potomac Drive.
The event will feature luau pigs, prime rib, salmon, chicken teriyaki, assorted sashimi and sushi, crab legs, desserts and drinks, along with luau dancers and karaoke. Tickets are $70 per person (which includes five drink tickets), or $90 for all-you-can-drink.