In England, a neighborhood pub is colloquially referred to as "the local." And that's what sisters Rebecca and Katie Blackwell had in mind when they dubbed their new wine and beer bar The Local. The duo is transforming the former Green Chile space at 5616 W. State St. into a cozy neighborhood haunt.
"Whenever we want to go out somewhere in this area, there's really limited choices for somewhere that is quiet where you can actually have a conversation and hear each other in a relaxed atmosphere," said Katie. "So we decided we wanted to create a neighborhood hangout for an adult crowd."
Katie said they're going for a "contemporary, modern, classy" vibe and that they've paid particular attention to the acoustics in the space.
"We have really high ceilings in part of it so we put carpet in so that you'll be able to hear the people that you're there with while you're having a conversation," said Katie. "We put in a garage door so we'll have some patio seating. It's going to be facing Bloom Street, so you'll get a nice view of the Gyro Shack. We're going to put some plants and things out there to make it a little bit more aesthetically pleasing."
In addition to offering eight Northwest craft beers on tap, The Local will also serve around 20 wines by the glass and a small plates menu to complement the beer and wine list.
"We're going to serve pretzels--like the big, warm pretzels--and crostinis with different cheeses and then we're going to have cheeseboards. We'll have tacos. ... We're going to do bowls of salad to share," said Katie. "It's small plates, but our main focus is beer and wine."
Katie said construction on the space is "99 percent done" and that they're still waiting on kitchen equipment and licensing before they can officially open.
"We've kind of quit having a projected opening date because it's gone from June to August, now. It'll be definitely sometime in August/September," said Katie.
In other local restaurant news, Berryhill and Co. recently launched a new all-day menu, served Monday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; and Saturday from 5-10 p.m. Sunday brunch will still be offered from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Items include the fig and feta grilled cheese with white cheddar and sauteed onions ($10); the pear gorgonzola flatbread with basil pesto and pistachios ($11); and the Kurobuta shank ragout with braised black Berkshire pork shank served over white beans with an herb, fennel, artichoke and preserved lemon ragout ($27). If you really want to pig out, you can order a half-pound of Berryhill bacon for $12.
In an email, owner John Berryhill said he had "remodeled our item price points" in order to "accommodate a more casual experience."
In brews news, Zoo Boise is getting groomed for the inaugural Brew at the Zoo event, presented by Idaho Brewers United. The suds fest takes place Saturday, Aug. 30, from 5:30-9:30 p.m., and costs $40, which includes a commemorative cup, small appetizers and unlimited beer samples. Plus, according to the event's website, "you don't have to worry about children getting in your way when you're trying to check out the tigers."
Participating breweries include Selkirk Abbey Brewing, Sawtooth Brewery, 10 Barrel Brewing Co., Slanted Rock Brewing Company, Sockeye Brewing, Laughing Dog Brewing, Ram Restaurant and Brewery, Crooked Fence Brewing Company, Boise Brewing, Edge Brewing Co., Stone Brewing Co., Odell Brewing Co., 21st Amendment Brewery, Northwest Brewing, Payette Brewing, Post Modern Brewers, Highlands Hollow, Cloud Nine Brewery and Salmon River Brewery.
Brew at the Zoo is offering a limited number of Six-Pack tickets--six tickets for $180, or $30 a piece. Designated drivers can snag a $10 ticket, which includes appetizers and unlimited root beer and water. Attendees must be 21 or older to enter the event.
For more info or to purchase tickets, visit brewatthezooboise.eventbrite.com.
In other beer event news, Crooked Fence Brewing announced it will host Oktobeerfest Saturday, Oct. 18, from 2-8 p.m. at its Crooked Flats compound, located at 3705 Idaho 16 in Eagle. The $25 ticket includes a mini-Belgium tasting glass and 20, four-ounce sample tokens good for an array of German-style beers. The event will also boast live music, bratwurst, a costume contest and games.
So far, participating breweries include Crooked Fence Brewing Co., Highlands Hollow, Boise Brewing, Woodland Empire Ale Craft, Edge Brewing Co., Payette Brewing, New Belgium and Sierra Nevada.
Attendees must be 21 or older. For more info, visit the Oktobeerfest Facebook event page.