If you've been catching your Food News at boiseweekly.com, you may have already read about Yen Ching Bakery's about face on business. Last week, the month-old bakery announced its closure due to unforeseen circumstances but the very next day issued a "just kidding." It wasn't actually a joke--management just nipped those unforeseen circumstances straight in the bud--and long story short, short: Yen Ching Bakery is open.
What's not open is Bungalow in Hyde Park. As of press time, BW had not heard back from Bungalow management on the official word, but the restaurant has not been open during stated business hours. When I peeked in last Thursday night, a private employee party was in full swing, and a few days later an "absolutely no trespassing" sign was posted. Looks like good-byes if you ask me.
On to hellos ... Basque Market is starting something new: a Basque Sheepherders Breakfast. Get buffet-style sheepherders bread, chorizos, Basque potatoes, eggs and more for $10. Add bottomless bloody marys for another $5. The first go-round is Sunday, Feb. 28, but look for it to possibly be a once-a-month gig. A block north in downtown Boise, the very lonely, very vacant former Zutto's space on Main Street is getting a new tenant, and it's one with a proven track record in Boise. Flatbread Community Oven, which has locations in Bown Crossing, Meridian and Bend, Ore., has claimed the space as its own, and owner Robert Lumsden told BW he expects to have the space up and running by March 8 with an early and a late-night happy hour. Like its other Idaho locations, Flatbread downtown will also be a BW Card member, which means you can save 40 percent at yet another downtown restaurant.
But wait, there's more on the BW Card front. Newly opened BODO restaurant Solid joined the BW Card member roster last week. Get your waffles and fried chicken until 4 a.m. and now, do it on the cheap. Fresh off the Hook in the mall area also joined the BW Card last week, and in the very near future, a non-restaurant client will join the card that I know all you foodies will be excited about. But I can't spill those beans just yet, so you'll have to wait on that news, as well as to find out where you'll soon be able to get Basque food on the card. Yes, BW Card is taking over the restaurant world, and if you don't have one, you're missing out on deals. Get one at boiseweekly.com and we'll snail mail it, or stop by BWHQ at the corner of Sixth and Broad streets to pick one up.