Challenger plans coffee shop in college hot spot

The new coffee shop would be adjacent to The Tailgate's patio on Ann Morrison Park Dr.

The new coffee shop would be adjacent to The Tailgate's patio on Ann Morrison Park Dr.

The student housing boom in the Lusk St. neighborhood is leading to a rush of new services - including bars, breweries and coffee shops.

Ted Challenger, who recently purchased Cheerleaders bar & grill and converted it to The Tailgate, has filed to add a coffee shop in the building.

"Ann Morrison Coffee Shop," as the establishment is labeled in permits, would go in a 2,000 square foot space at 807 W. Ann Morrison. The remodel is valued at $20,000.

It's the second coffee shop planned in the area - with Dawson Taylor Coffee Rosters planning "Roast Coffee Shop" around the corner on Lusk St.

The neighborhood is in transition from a patch of industrial warehouses and offices to home to thousands of students in apartments servicing nearby Boise State University.

Challenger's growing hospitality business includes China Blue, Dirty Little Roddie's, Amsterdam Lounge - in addition to The Tailgate and new coffee businesses.