For the past 12 years, Chris the Saladman has been one of the few purveyors of green things at deep-fried fairs and festivals across the valley. But now, as other area cooks opt to go mobile, Chris Olson has decided to set up shop in a spot sans wheels.
Olson plans to open Chris' on Broadway Featuring Saladman by the first of October in the building that formerly housed Jeffrey's Next Door. In addition to his salads and wraps, Olson will also offer 12-15 different burgers, hand-cut fries, smoked ribs and chicken.
"We'll do breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings, and we'll have Friday-Saturday night steak and scampi or steak and ahi dinners," said Olson.
Chris' on Broadway will be smoke- and alcohol-free, but Olson said patrons are more than welcome to take their grub to go and saddle up next door at Broadway Bar for a cheap cocktail and a smoke.
And in brews news, Brewforia took a quick breather after the Barley Bros. festival before launching into its latest sudsy undertaking, Oktoberfest. For $30, you'll get a bottomless beer stein and the chance to watch besotted lads in lederhosen rock the accordion. Not to mention, there will be plenty of schnitzel, beer games and a $250 grand prize Best Beard Contest. Ocktoberfest runs from 1-11 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Century Link Arena. For more information, visit oktoberfestid.com.
And in other exciting craft-brew news, Garden City will soon be home to another microbrewery, Crooked Fence Brewing. The spot is getting situated at 5242 Chinden Blvd., east of Glenwood Street. Frequent BW illustrator and cover artist Kelly Knopp is designing the labels and marketing for the brewery, including the oh-so-delicious-sounding Three Picket Porter, which is aged in Jack Daniels whiskey barrels. For updates on Crooked Fence's official grand opening, visit cfbrewing.blogspot.com.
In the mood for a beercation? Grand Teton Brewing Company has organized an overnight adventure from Boise to the brewery in Victor. The bus leaves Monday, Sept. 19, at 9 a.m. and returns on Tuesday, Sept. 20, by 9 p.m. The package includes a tour of Grand Teton, the chance to brew your own beer and ample beer-tasting opportunities. Lodging, transportation, meals and beers are all provided. Tickets are $249 and can be purchased by emailing email@example.com.