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Earlier this week, the southeast corner at 13th and Eastman in Hyde Park was officially opened as 13th Street Pub and Grill. After a few months of absolutely nada going on, patio lizards are now out in full force.

A new transplant to Boise recently mentioned to me how odd he considered longtime Boise residents' habit of describing a new restaurant's location by what preceded it. In keeping with that habit, the new pub replaces Bungalow, which replaced Richard's and Taste, which replaced Richard's of Hyde Park and--if memory serves me--a coffee shop. The original Richard's of Hyde Park was the urban village's high-end offering and with evolution over the years, became decidedly less high-end as Bungalow went for the "uh-oh the fridge is empty and we have to feed the kids"-neighborhood-joint kind of experience. With its menu of upscale pub food 13th Street Pub and Grill certainly smacks of Bungalow's original mission.

Back in the day, Food News used to pimp a wine dinner a week, but over the last year there hasn't been much to talk about. Vintner dinners are much fewer and farther between than they once were, but there is one happening next week to take note of. Wednesday, July 21, Cafe Vicino will host Rick Small, winemaker and owner at Walla Walla-based Woodward Canyon Winery. Wines from Woodward Canyon as well as its Nelms Road label, which bottles the vineyard's young cab and merlot, will be featured at Cafe Vicino starting Friday, July 16. On Wednesday, Small will talk about his wines as they're paired with a prix fixe menu courtesy of chefs Steve Rhodes and Richard Langston (whose once eponymous restaurant, Richard's of Hyde Park, is the very same Richard's described above). As of press time, the prix fixe menu had not been set. Call Cafe Vicino at 208-472-1463 if you must know what's for dinner or to make a reservation.

Now that you're in the mood for wine ... bust out your BW Card and load it up because there's a new kid on the card. Syringa Winery started accepting the BW Card this week to serve your need for locally made wine at the smoking bargain price of 40 percent off. The Garden City tasting room is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday noon to 7 p.m. with ladies' night and apps on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. For more on Syringa visit