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Shorty's Returns

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Yes, Shorty's is back, but it's not the boot-stompin', country dance club you're thinking of. It's a 1950s style diner from the same owners who bought the original Hailey business almost six years ago from Bruce Willis. They are Jacob and Jeanne Greenberg, a couple committed to the idea of "good food fast--not fast food." The brand new Shorty's is located in the Galaxy Diner space, which sat vacant for several years due to land holding issues. The Greenbergs watched the lot like hawks, and when the roadblocks were out of the way, they pounced. And since December 21, Shorty's has been serving up signature burgers, unique sandwiches and what Jacob Greenberg calls "the best milkshakes anywhere." Greenberg recommends the Reuben and the pot-roast sandwich, and he promised the same fun, diner atmosphere that made the Galaxy so popular (i.e. jukebox, tile floors, era art and old fashioned service. So if you're hankering for a little Elvis music and a hand-dipped shake, stop by Shorty's during the following business hours: Tuesday-Thursday 7 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and Monday 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Shorty's, corner of Myrtle St. and Capitol Blvd. next to Flicks, 424-3676.

Tres Bon is Tres Gone

One of the best kept lunch secrets in Boise is no more. The Tres Bon Cafe, located in the basement of the old downtown Bon Marche (now Bon-Macy's, soon to be just Macy's) closed down recently due to conflicts with plans to remodel. One of the last outposts for true department store cafeteria atmosphere and comfort food, we will miss the great sandwiches, mini milk cartons, tuna melt and glass counter full of European chocolates and knick-knacks. In a sea of trendy "eateries" it was a simple, affordable way to dine in style. Farewell, old friend.

Lucky Collaboration

Hyde Park is full of neighborhood bars and unassuming restaurants, one of the oldest and most love-worn of which is Lucky 13. Great patio, great pizza, great beer--but what about the cocktail crowd who want to hang out later than dinner time? Garth and Guy Midnight (the notorious, identical twin bartenders formerly of Bittercreek and Reef) have teamed up with Lucky's owner, Lisa Goul to bring full bar fun to 13th Street. Called The Garage, the cozy space can be accessed through two large sliding garage doors and seen through windows that dot the walls.

Part-time bartender Daniel Robertson says the atmosphere is mellow and the clientele made up of usual suspects---bikers and North Enders who frequent the food side of the business. The grand opening has yet to happen despite The Garage's seven month anniversary, so stay tuned for specialized drinks and more of the same tasty vittles (which are served under both roofs).

Lucky 13/The Garage, 1602 N. 13th St., 344-6967.