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Here a bar “&” there a bar in Downtown Boise from State & Lemp team

The old Angell’s Renato restaurant at the base of the One Capital Center building has one of the best patios in Downtown Boise (in fact, it was the original home of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival in its first season).

But this summer, the patio has been quiet after the closure late last year of the fine-dining restaurant.

But by the time the weather starts to warm back up in Boise, not one but two bars could be ready to welcome customers.

Oppenheimer Development Corporation has applied to split up the basement restaurant into two spaces for a pair of watering holes: Art Haus Bar and Ampersand Bar. 

The two projects are co-owned by Boiseans Remi McManus and Kris Komori – who founded State and Lemp in Boise before leaving earlier this year.

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McManus is also listed on the filing for the One Capital Center spot.  Reached by phone, McManus said he had “just arrived at the farm,” and would call later but hadn’t reached out by the deadline for this story.

The pair are best known for their work launching and operating State and Lemp in Boise, before selling the business earlier this year.

Komori and McManus’ Ampersand Restaurant Group are also at work on Kin Boise, which according to filings would take over the former Sav-On Cafe spot Downtown.

The two new bars will join Firenza Pizza – a restaurant featuring stone-fired pizza on the first floor.

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