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Idaho Hop House and 10 Barrel Open

Plus deets on the Red Feather and Bittercreek remodel

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Construction fences surrounding a much anticipated project in downtown Boise have come down, signaling the opening of Bend, Ore.'s, 10 Barrel Brewing in its second location.

Crews have worked since late 2012 to put together 10 Barrel's Boise restaurant and brewery, located at 830 W. Bannock St. The brewery officially opened for lunch April 22 and will be open from Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-midnight. Co-owner Garrett Wales said the brewery has hired approximately 115-120 employees.

"We'll do a big party in six weeks or so when we get our feet under us, and get everything dialed in. For right now, we want to roll open the doors and see what happens," said Wales.

10 Barrel's menu includes pub staples with some twists,such as a Nicoise-style grilled steelhead sandwich, a house-cured corned beef reuben and a roasted cauliflower sandwich with olive tapenade.

In other brews news, the Idaho Hop House flung open its doors April 17 at 113 13th Ave. S. in Nampa. The craft beer store and restaurant carries brands like Stone, Ninkasi, Selkirk Abbey, Laughing Dog, Leffe and Widmer, and also offers a sizeable whiskey menu, with 24 bourbons and ryes.

Idaho Hop House will eventually sling a selection of eats from its kitchen.

"We're going to do what I'd like to call an elevated pub style of food--burgers, fries, all with very fresh ingredients. ... Also whatever I can get that's locally sourced, I want to get that as well," said owner Don Galligan.

Idaho Hop House will start with appetizers and slowly add a few menu items at a time until the kitchen is completely up and running. For the time being, the spot is hosting guest chefs, like Smokin Beyond, which recently served pulled pork sandwiches and brisket. For more info, call 208-465-9971.

And in remodel news, sister spots Red Feather Lounge and Bittercreek Ale House closed their doors for a remodel April 14 through Sunday, May 5.

According to its website, the Bittercreek remodel will feature improved mid-room seating, new artwork and new lighting, while Red Feather will boast new furniture, a new bar, improved seating on the main floor and in the front mezzanine, new artwork and new lighting. The restaurants will also feature a new kitchen with easier passage between restaurants, an improved patio, refinished floors and new, separate vestibules with double-entry front doors.