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Slanted Rock and Luciano's Open

And Angell's closes after 31 years


Meridian's new craft beer haus, Slanted Rock Brewing Company, hosted its grand opening Dec. 31 at 2374 E. Cinema Drive, Ste. 100.

Founded by Bob Lonseth and Vincent Melchor, the brewery slings signature suds like the Initial Point IPA, Iron Butt red ale, Afternoon Delight and Silhouette dark ale.

The brewery also features a taproom offering Slanted Rock and other craft brews. The taproom is open Tuesday-Thursday, 4-9 p.m., and Friday-Saturday, noon-10 p.m.

For more info on the brewery, visit

Moving from beer to its college dorm buddy, pizza, the local late-night cheese chain Pie Hole announced it's packing up its dough and moving from 726 N. Main St. in Meridian to a new location one block north, at the intersection of Main and Pine streets.

"We are excited to share this news, and will be adding many new amenities to our hip/casual concept. Look for new patio spaces, a larger dining area, and we will have a rooftop party deck looking over Main Street," Pie Hole Meridian posted on its Facebook page.

The new location is expected to open in February.

And speaking of Facebook updates, Angell's Bar and Grill posted a somber goodbye Jan. 4 after an Idaho Statesman article announced that the upscale downtown staple would be closing after three decades in business.

"After 31 years, Angell's will be closing its doors Jan. 31. So come help us celebrate one last big hoorah on Jan. 26. Tauge and Faulkner will be playing at 7:30 [p.m.] We would love all our past and present guests, employees and friends to come help send us off the only way we know how."

And in more upbeat news, Luciano's Italian Restaurant has opened on the Boise Bench at 11 N. Orchard St. The American-Italian eatery offers house specials like shrimp scampi linguine and seafood risotto, along with grinders, pastas and pizzas. The joint also dishes up an array of rich desserts, including tiramisu and New York cheese cake.

Luciano's is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Friday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m. For more info, visit