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“Like a mom & pop place:” New Mediterranean restaurant set for Downtown Boise

Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe plans to open a new location in Downtown Boise, according to permit filings. It would mark the second local location for the chain.

Taziki’s launched in 1998 in Alabama after the founders took a vacation to Greece the prior year. It now counts nearly 100 locations across more than 18 states.

The latest restaurant will open at The Gibson building at the corner of 5th St. and Idaho St.

The restaurant concept includes an open kitchen and table service. The building permits the Boise store will include seating for 110 people in the 2,735 square foot space. Buildout is expected to cost $410,000.

“This place felt like the coziness of a mom & pop place- with the efficiency of a well run, healthy restaurant chain,” Lisa S. wrote on Yelp describing the Eagle location. The location holds a 4-star rating with 64 reviews on the platform.

The chain describes itself as embracing the “Mediterranean lifestyle.” That puts a focus on plant-based foods, seasoning dishes with herbs and spices instead of salt, limiting red meat and eating fish and poultry.

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The interior of the future Taziki’s on 5th and Idaho in Downtown Boise. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev file

A typical menu includes dishes like chargrilled lamb, hummus appetizers, gyros, lemon chicken soup and more. The Eagle store includes a daily special with a variety of sandwiches, pasta, and tacos – plus “Dinner for 4” to-go meals.

Gibson developer Clay Carley described the restaurant space during a tour with BoiseDev last fall. The restaurant site sits between 5th St. and a small pocket park along Idaho St.

“With the roll-up door and this park access and the view to the historic neighborhood, it’s going to be a pretty unique space,” he said.

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