After 10 p.m., when most restaurant kitchens close downtown, food options start to get pretty limited. But Red Feather Lounge and Bittercreek Ale House have a new plan to combat that. Red Feather has launched a new Late-Night Happy Hour starting at 10 p.m., when folks can enjoy cheap drinks and good food.
Rae Willey, front of house manager at Red Feather, said she hopes this will save people from "greasy bar food."
"We wanted to offer to the community a place where they can enjoy a drink and a full menu," Willey said.
Red Feather's Late-Night Happy Hour will borrow Bittercreek's kitchen to pump out a limited food menu Wednesday through Saturday until midnight, and Sunday through Tuesday until 11 p.m.
The Late-Night Happy Hour menu offers several special items like pressed ham with homemade mustard, pickled apples and crackers, and poutine with local, organic fries, Ballard cheese curds and smoked turkey gravy.
"Late night brings in a great crowd," Willey said. "People are sitting down and picking up menus and saying, 'Oh my God, it's happy hour right now?'"
Red Feather also plans to bottle five of its happy hour cocktails in 12-ounce bottles and sell them pre-made. This includes the Hello Kitty, a vanilla-infused vodka with lemonade, lemon juice and cranberry, as well as the Overnighter, made with rosemary vodka, housemade Grenadine and honeycomb.
And in other booze news, Pacific Rim Wine Stop will soon open in the former Amigo's restaurant location at 2870 W. State St. in Boise.
Though the shop is a reincarnation of the similarly named restaurant housed in Hyde Park 14 years ago, owners Janet and Rob Weston are calling it a "totally different concept."
They plan to sell wine and grab-and-go food, including picnic baskets for boating, Idaho Shakespeare Festival or a day skiing at Bogus Basin. The menu will feature fusion cuisine, including Pacific Rim favorites like Sonoran egg rolls.
The family-owned and run shop also plans to cater weddings and will host wine dinners, featuring winemakers from Washington and North Idaho paired with a five-course dinner. The shop will also offer bottled craft beer, and owners hope to open in early June.