The historic Idanha Building will reclaim a bit of its soul later this summer when La Vie En Rose European Bakery & Bistro replaces the wine bar and pool hall space recently abandoned by the thumping and bumping Bada Boom.
Owners Jason Bailey and Patrick Brewer expect an August opening for the contemporary European bakery, which will coerce even the most faithful dieters to cheat on their carrot sticks with puffs of sin like croissants and pain aux raisins (and hopefully some truly tempting pain au chocolat), as well as popular European coffee Illy.
Bailey, who's lived in Boise 13 years, says he and Brewer feel lucky to be in the Idanha.
"It's a beautiful space," says Bailey, adding that the trend toward more contemporary eateries, such as Pair, in downtown Boise brings change for the better.
Trained at Scottsdale Culinary Institute's Le Cordon Bleu Patisserie and Baking Program in Scottsdale, Arizona, Brewer will also whip up soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch.
La Vie En Rose European Bakery, 928 W. Main St., www.lavieenrosebakery.com.