- Chris Dwyer, CTA
- Co-owner Taylor Hunt anticipates construction on Bodega Boise will begin Sept. 1.
Last July, BoiseDev.com reported that Boise local Josh Davis had filed with the Secretary of State to open JD's Bodega at 161 N. Capitol Blvd., across the busy thoroughfare from City Hall. Coming in at just under 2,000 square feet, the proposal included space for a prep kitchen, walk-in coolers and seating for patrons. Though Davis couldn't be reached for comment, Instagram posts as recent at June 28 show that the buildout is coming along well, and online job postings indicate the search for staff is underway.
- Courtesy Bodega Boise
"Basically my struggle was that we didn't have anywhere to shop just for small things that we maybe forgot at Albertsons or whatever," said Hunt. "I spent a lot of time in New York and San Francisco, so my concept was basically a small urban market that does have groceries and household products, toilet paper, those kinds of things in relatively small packages and quantities."
In addition to necessities like toothbrushes and makeup, Bodega Boise's 1,800-square-foot space will include reach-in refrigerators stocked with healthy grab-and-go items like salads and wraps, as well as beer and other snacks for the late-night bar crowd. Plans also include a "fast coffee" counter specializing in quick-pour drinks, pinball machines for the Boise High lunch crowd and a roll-up garage door that will open out onto sidewalk seating for those who'd like to sip non-alcoholic drinks and chow down on snacks without leaving the shop.
- Chris Dwyer, CTA
- Bodega Boise is planned as an indoor-outdoor space.
"We've been kind of playing around with this concept for about four years," Hunt said. "We almost were going to use another spot about two years ago but that kind of fell through. But with this recent explosion in growth, we just though it was the time."