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Flatbread to Close Meridian Location, Re-Open as 'Eight Thirty Common' Gastropub


The Meridian location of Flatbread is waving goodbye to pizza. At the end of service on Saturday, April 20, the restaurant will close for a complete overhaul, and when its doors reopen in June, there's no indication pizza will be on the menu. That's because according to an April 12 press release, the restaurant won't come back as Flatbread: Instead, a new gastropub concept, Eight Thirty Common, will make its debut.

The release referred to the change as simply a "new direction" for Flatbread, and offered no critique of the previous concept's performance.

“We believed and invested in downtown Meridian 11 years ago and believe even more so today," Flatbread Co-founder Rob Lumsden wrote in the release. "The growth around the downtown core, as well as the residential density in progress and planned is welcomed and exciting."

Eight Thirty Common (so named because of its 830 N. Main St. address) will serve upmarket pub fair like American Waygu corndog bites, stacked "tin can" nachos (see the video below), build-your-own braised carnitas and truffled tater tots. The dishes are largely brainstorms of Executive Chef Josh Pejsa, who Meridian Flatbread General Manager Aliesha Johnston told BW has been with the company for roughly eight years and currently manages the kitchen at its downtown Boise location. Diners can also expect a brunch menu (ricotta-blueberry pancakes, anyone?), a wide range of craft beers on tap and a selection of funky cocktails from what General Manager Michael Wells said in the release will be "a damn good bar."

Meanwhile, the five remaining Flatbread locations in Utah, Oregon, Eagle and Boise will stick with the Neapolitan pizza concept.