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Basque restaurant and market founder to open new Downtown Boise spot

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Dan Ansotegui opened Bar Grenika in 1991 and the Basque Market in 1999. Today, he’s excited about his next venture – an all-in-one bistro, wholesaler, and catering service. 

Ansots Basque Chorizos and Catering is set to open July 15th in what used to be the Jenny’s Lunch Line spot at 560 W. Main St.  Jenny’s closed in 2018, and a short-lived juice bar moved in for a time.

The new restaurant is down the street from the Basque Block.

“My wife, Tamara, found this place which happened to be available and I think it’s going to work perfectly for us,” Ansotegui said.

Basque chorizos, solomo and bacon will be sold to customers in-house and in-bulk to local restaurants and grocery stores. 

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The bistro, which will have both indoor and outdoor seating, will be serving small plates, sandwiches, basque wine and cider and local beer. Catering will also be available.

Dan said that when restaurants were closed due to Coronavirus, they started to form a new business plan. 

 “We have been catering for years and I have been making chorizos” said Ansotegui. “We came up with something that we loved and a better business model for times that were a little unsure.” 

Ansots will be open from 10am to 7pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

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