State & Lemp team plans restaurant in iconic Sav-On space

The team that created State & Lemp has landed on a new name, concept and location for their next adventure: Kin, A Restaurant – slated to open in the former Sav-On Cafe space at 16th St. and Main St. in Boise.

Permit filings with the City of Boise show Kin taking over the entire building that once housed both the iconic Sav-On and Baldwin Lock & Key.

KIN logo

The new eatery would have room for 70 people – more than the cozy State & Lemp space they turned over to another group this spring.

Boise Weekly’s Harrison Berry had the first word of the restaurant:

“At State & Lemp, it was a theatrical experience,” said (Kin co-owner) Remi McManus.”We’ll push that even further, testing the limits of Boise’s food scene, and service scene, and bar scene and art scene.”

The owners declined to tell BW where the restaurant would be located, saying only they are in negotiation with a landlord.

Public records show the space would have a bar and open kitchen on one side, with a dining room formatted much like the old State & Lemp space with a long array of tables down the center.

A small tasting area and outdoor patio would round out the restaurant.

The building was constructed in 1946 and is showing its age. Improvements would include updating the sidewalk, installing new windows and doors, repainting the exterior and adding some landscaping.

Renderings show the new building would keep the iconic Sav-On sign.

Courtesy Platform Architecture Design. City of Boise Public Record
Don has been covering news in Boise for 20 years. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.