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Food truck to move indoors, brewery adds tap room in restaurant-starved Boise area

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Since homes started sprouting up in the Barber Valley area, the number of restaurants stayed low. For more than a decade, just Lucky 13 Pizza and Ben’s Crow Inn catered to folks looking for a meal north of the river and east of Table Rock. (And Ben’s Crow Inn closed).

Now, a new sushi and beer tasting room is on tap at 3724 S. Eckert. Lost Shack Sushi Bar + Tasting Room applied to convert a space on Eckert Rd. just south of Lucky 13. It’s right next door to The STIL ice cream currently under construction.

A new food, drink & treat hub on Boise’s east side

Cordry’s Sushi Shack partnered up with Jacob Black’s Lost Grove Brewing.

“We are doing a beer bar and sushi bar. So we are doing a collaboration with Lost Grove Brewing and Sushi Shack,” Dylan Cordry with Sushi Shack said. “There’s so much more needed out in the east.”

Black with Lost Grove echoes that idea. He said Lucky 13, which is right next door, is iconic, but he hopes they can add to the offerings.

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“I think that everyone out there needs something else and offer another bite to eat,” he said. “We had been looking at a few other areas, and I’ve always really liked the Greenbelt and that side of town. It just seemed more fitting for us at this time.

Cordry said the location is key – hopefully drawing from all the residences, but people enjoying Boise hot spots as well. It’s near the traditional drop-in spot for Boise River rafters, as well as Idaho Shakespeare Festival and the Boise River Greenbelt.

He said they will also team up with The STIL which is nearing completion next door in the same building on Eckert Rd. near Warm Springs Ave.

[Downtown ice cream shop branches out with E. Boise location]

“I think we will see a lot of people wanting to ride bikes out to that area. It’s a nice area for after rafting, before rafting or after the lake. People are going to want to have a nice place to go – you can go straight from Lucky Peak to get some ice cream, sushi and beer.”

The restaurants will feature a patio along Eckert St., for use by patrons of all three businesses.

The setting and the offering

Cordry and his partners at Lost Grove are working to make a unique environment that fits the area.

“When you walk in, there’s going to be a very cool environment – a skeleton of a boat hanging up in the rafters there,” Cordry said. “When you see the beer bar you’re going to see this pergola type thing – almost like a shed/shack.”

“For us we are trying to expand who our clientele is,” Black said. “If we can have people coming in and drinking in our atmosphere and trying our products, it’s bettering our name.”

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Cordry said he thinks his product stands up to anyone in town.

“Hiroshi (Parrish), our head chef has been doing this for 15 years. He’s an artist,” Cordry said. He noted that Sushi Shack netted nominations in Boise Weekly’s Best of Boise in the sushi, catering and food truck categories. The winners in that contest are expected later this month.

Sushi Shack will point its attention toward the storefront as it gets open – hopefully by August 1. Cordy said once they get up to speed, he hopes to do more events with the truck.

“It’s going to be really big for us. It’s going to give a lot of people the opportunity to know where we’re at and try what we have to offer, he said.

Lost Grove will continue operating its main production facility and tasting room in Boise’s Lusk District.

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Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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