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New Downtown Eateries

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Two new restaurants are opening up in downtown Boise.

The Matador, which is moving into one large space created from two much smaller storefronts on Eighth Street (one formerly occupied by Opa and the other by Mesa Taqueria), officially starts its Boise fiesta Friday, Aug. 20. The upscale Tex-Mex destination is known for its elaborate tequila bar with more than 90 brands. The Eighth Street location is the first Matador restaurant outside of Seattle and Portland, and it's the result of Boise resident and local owner Kacey Montgomery's partnership with parent company Mocore Corporation.

A few blocks down, also on Eighth Street, Caruso's Sandwich Company is working toward its own opening. The space located below Piper Pub is currently empty, but according to Mr. Caruso himself--Vince Caruso--the opening is bogged down in permit acquisition and will not happen as soon as he'd like. That doesn't mean a grand opening is far off, so expect to see the doors flung open middle to late September. Caruso's is a family-owned sandwich company out of Coeur d'Alene. After traveling about the western United States and studying every sandwich shop or deli they could find, the Carusos opened up their first store in Hayden. The Boise store will be the family's fifth location.

And in keeping with downtown news, Yen Ching Bakery is also in food news headlines once again. After an opening, a closing and a reopening, it's closed. Again. Plans are in place for a possible re-reopening later this year. But--big but--don't count your steamed buns before they're hatched.

If you do want to count something, start with the countdown to the new Baguette Deli location. A few months back, BW reported on the expansion of the Baguette Deli into downtown, and in roughly two months, those cheap fresh sandwiches will be available on Eighth Street between Bannock and Idaho. Sheesh, is Eighth Street getting a total restaurant makeover or what?

Thinking back to what has left downtown, Giacinto's Italian restaurant comes to mind. Once comfortably tucked into the Old Boise building at Sixth and Main streets, Giacinto's is now operating out of a mobile shop on the northwest corner of Fairview Avenue and Maple Grove Road. The newest mobile shop is the third of its kind dishing up pasta and sauce on the go.