Plans give first look at new downtown southern food restaurant

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Crews cleared out the former Piper Pub space and a portion of the old Shige for a new southern cuisine restaurant. Tupelo Honey is a chain of restaurants with locations primarily in the south. The new Boise eatery at Main St. and 8th St. will be its westernmost location.

Owner Steve Frabitore told Food Newsfeed that a mix of “metadata and in-person research” fuels location choices.

“We know who our guest is and look for markets where that guest lives and works. And we also look for markets where we’re pretty much completely unique, like Boise,” Frabitore told the publication. “No one does Southern food the way that we do there.”

Tupelo Honey’s new look

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Filings with the City of Boise show a completely revamped interior space. The restaurant will have seating for about 100 people inside. A new bar area will move further to the north into the old Shige space, providing a larger footprint than the Piper Pub.

[Piper Pub, Shige to close; what developer says will happen next]

The outdoor patio on the building’s balcony will see significant upgrades, with seating for another 50 folks during the warm summer months. Renderings for the patio of Tupelo Honey Boise show a lush dining area with significant plantings and upgraded lighting.

The outside of the building is set for upgrades, including a new lap siding treatment and updated lighting fixtures.

Steakhouse Salad. Via Tupelo Honey

Tupelo Honey’s menu focuses on traditional southern dishes like shrimp and grits, pimento & fried pickle burger and more. The menu varies by location and season, but typically features a happy hour cocktail menu, brunch, lunch and dinner options.

A review posted late last year of the chain’s Asheville restaurant said some of the dishes “melded Southern and Tex-Mex cuisine.”

Latest change

The chain has been adjusting in recent months – adding locations, closing others and embarking on remodel projects.

The Main + Marketplace project – formerly Capital Terrace – has been undergoing a series of upgrades and remodels. New owners Hawkins Companies completed an exterior remodel on the building and worked to lease up the two restaurant spaces on the second floor after clearing out Shige and Piper.

Hawkins plans a new art project and stairwell for the interior of the building.

Locally-owned Artisan Optics closed its store on the first floor of the building last month. A Robert Comstock store along Idaho St. is also set to close.

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