75¢ martinis? Downtown Boise southern food restaurant set to open soon – see inside

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Tupelo Honey, a southern cuisine restaurant, hopes to open next month in Downtown Boise.

The Asheville, NC-based chain plans to open its first location in the Western US in Boise, aiming for a November 12th opening date.

The company currently operates in seven states, and plans to launch three new locations in coming months, bringing its footprint to ten states.

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“They do southern food with an Idaho twist,” Tupelo Honey spokesperson Sophie Sestero said. “There are no two Tupelo Honey locations that are the same. The try and infuse a little southern into each of the layouts, but work with the site to make it unique.”

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A whole new look

The Boise restaurant, in the former Piper Pub space on the second floor of Main + Marketplace, boasts a complete revamp of the building. The new restaurant takes up the full Piper Pub location, plus a portion of the old Shige. A large new bar features a rollup door connecting it to the outdoor patio. Inside, Tupelo Honey Boise includes seating for 174 people, plus another 74 on the patio during warmer months.

The exterior of the building features a new wooden siding appearance, plus stone tile floors. Inside, new flooring, wallpaper, and tile give the space a completely different look. With opening day just a few weeks away, contractors and workers are working to meet deadlines.

The new restaurant is 4,742 square feet inside, with another 1,750 of patio space. The building permit indicates the buildout cost more than $1.4 million.

Southern with an ‘Idaho twist’

Honey dusted chicken at Tupelo Honey Boise
Honey dusted fried chicken at Tupelo Honey. Via Tupelo Honey

The restaurant will feature a 75-cent martini special each day from noon to 4pm according to Sestero. Though the menu across locations is similar, it will have a local flair.

“The do southern food with an Idaho twist,” she said. “They customize their menu for each location, and source local ingredients, wine, liquor and beer from here in Idaho.”

The menu features dishes like fried green tomatoes, macaroni and cheese balls and, as you might expect for a southern restaurant, fried chicken. The eatery’s take on the famous dish uses a honey dusting glaze (above).

Tupelo Honey will feature Saturday and Sunday brunch service, plus lunch and dinner each day.

Tupelo Honey Boise
Tupelo Honey Boise is set to open in the Main and Marketplace building in Downtown Boise. Rendering via Streetsense
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