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‘Keep Boise, Boise’: Lucky 13 gets new owners. Upgrades and improvements to long-time staple are underway

A longtime Boise staple has new owners. Lucky 13 on Eckert St. in Boise’s Barber Valley was sold to Chris Bailey and Will Berry.

The pizza restaurant and pub has been located in the Barber Valley since 2007 – but first got its start along 13th St. in Boise’s Hyde Park in the early 1980s. Now, after several years of sporadic closures, Bailey and Berry are excited to bring the long-running institution back up to speed.

“We found out Lucky 13 was coming up for sale, so we saw the opportunity,” Bailey said. “We all love Lucky 13 and what it’s about. We want to keep Boise things Boise.”

Bailey and Berry worked together at Whiskey Bar in Downtown Boise – Bailey as GM and Berry as part-owner. They knew they wanted to venture out with something new.

“We didn’t want to see Lucky 13 get bought out and changed into a different brand or company,” Bailey said.

Keeping the core, with changes

But while the name, many of the sandwiches and some of the pizzas will stay the same, they hope to breathe new life into the business.

“We hired a head cook – and he has a really strong experience working in the pizza industry,” Bailey said. “He’s super passionate about what he does. We had a soft opening last night, and (guests) couldn’t stop talking about the quality.”

The menu will feature nine pizzas – six from the former menu and three new options. The sandwiches and salads are the same, but the ingredients have been upgraded – including bread from Zeppole.

“Our big thing is the food. We want to keep it Lucky 13, but night and day better. The dough is handmade, handmade sauce – everything is fresh.”

Lucky 13 has struggled to stay open. As BoiseDev reported, it closed in the thick of the summer season for a “sabbatical” and has been open sporadically since.

“We are going to be open seven days per week for lunch and dinner,” Bailey said. “Then we’re going to have the full bar open 3 pm to close – 10 or midnight. Midnight Friday and Saturday. We’ll have a happy hour 3 to 6 pm with buy one get one on spirits and cocktails $10 or less.”

Bailey said they hope to give it more of a sports bar feel and improve service. The famous patio along the Boise River Greenbelt could see upgrades like new heaters and, down the road, fire pits. But ultimately, they want to keep the heart of Lucky 13 the same.

“The biggest thing is we want to keep Boise, Boise. There’s just so much development coming in and new things and outside influences – it’s evolving. We think it’s important to keep the staples of Boise here. That’s why we jumped on this route.”

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Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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