Don L. Day
For a long time, the Bouquet at 1010 Main St. was Boise's oldest continually operating bar. That title no longer applies, as the bar has been mostly closed over this decade.
That might be about to change.
Work is underway to clear out and clean up the large, 5700 square foot space. The filings with the city note that the future use will be a restaurant - but further details are scarce.
I checked in with the owner listed on the permits who is not yet ready to comment on his plans -- but that owner has quite the pedigree.
Calvert Elliott is a Boise native who went on to the culinary big time in New York City. He was executive chef at an acclaimed NYC eatery that earned the coveted Michelin Star. He moved on to his own venture - Rye. That fine dining establishment has been featured on Food Network, Travel Channel and VICE TV, and has been on Michelin's "bib gourmet" list since it opened. The New York Times wrote up Elliott's "Bar Below Rye" which gives an interesting primer on his approach to his venture in New York.
Elliott was tight-lipped on what he has planned, other than to confirm he is clearing out the Bouquet space. It should be interesting to see what comes next to downtown.