Local news. Locally owned.
We put readers first.

Wild Root branches out with new owners, dinner, cocktails – and protein

Regence
Future in Focus Downtown - Mutual of America

Another restaurant on Downtown Boise’s Restaurant Row started making changes recently. Wild Root Cafe picked up new owners earlier this year – Dan Watts and Samantha Foster. The pair now own two restaurants on the block, after they purchased Saint Lawrence Gridiron around the corner earlier this year.

Now, the popular vegan and vegetarian lunch spot along 8th Street will build on its current offerings and expand.

Foster said they came to Boise looking for new opportunities. After Watts wrapped up a career cooking and later in food management at Google and other companies, he looked for his next act.

Changes on Boise’s 8th Street food scene

“He was looking for a new project, and I had just taken him to lunch at St. Lawrence,” Foster said. “Three weeks later he got in his inbox (a notification that) St. Lawrence was for sale. We purchased it in February about a month before COVID hit.”

- Story continues below -
Tamarack Catch the Life
Regence

They made tweaks to Saint Lawrence, but then heard original owners Michael and Anne-Marie Trebbi wanted to sell Wild Root.

“We thought it was just too good to pass up,” Foster said. “You can’t beat being on 8th Street.”

Wild Root will keep its core offerings for lunch, but a new dinner service will come online, and brunch will expand to both Saturday and Sunday.

Seafood at night

The new dinner program will focus on seafood.

“Tyson Mann – our chef at Wild Root for three years – his background is in seafood,” she said. “His parents were seafood boat captains and he really wanted to do seafood. No one is doing something really seafood-focused downtown. To have it as a primary focus for dinner will work well on 8th Street.”

Wild Root will offer dinner four nights a week to start, Wednesday through Saturday. That could expand next summer.

They’ve also added some seafood-focused dishes at brunch, including a crab cake benedict.

A new cocktail program is also up and running, as well as beer, wine and sake.

- Story continues below -
Tamarack Catch the Life
Regence

But Foster said, ultimately, the core of Wild Root won’t change.

“Existing customers can expect the same high-quality vegetarian-focused dishes – and new people can find those same dishes but add protein to them. We have the bone broth – which is beef or chicken — if you’re not vegetarian/vegan you can add soft boiled egg or chicken… a lot of our dishes are very flexible in that sense.”

Wild Root hopes to add a tented space along 8th Street to help accomodate diners outside as the weather in Boise continues to turn colder. Foster said they are working on permits now.

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.

Over the leftovers? Check out our takeout & delivery guide with more new options!

We had snow this week - and hopefully lots of Thanksgiving goodies. But if you're ready for something different - our Boise and Meridian...

Popular old Vista Ave. cafe reopens in new Boise mall-area location

After starting as a cafe on Vista, converting to a cafeteria at MK Plaza and a catering company out of a call center, Rooster's...

Gobbling local food: Kuna farm sees unprecedented demand for local turkeys

Any latecomers hoping to gobble up a locally raised Thanksgiving Turkey from Vogel Farms are out of luck.  For the first time in 14 years,...

Good Burger on the move: Local burger chain closes store with plans for another

Good Burger, the Boise-based chain of burger and fry shops closed the doors on its Downtown Boise location. Crews started moving out equipment from...

Popular

Boise made of Lego? How an Idaho guy dreamed up this skyline model

You might notice them in the stores. Lego sets with landmarks and skylines made out of the popular building bricks. Paris. Dubai. NYC. ...Boise? Not...

You asked: What’s the large Christmas display at Expo Idaho for?

A new Christmas experience will open at Expo Idaho this year - just in time for a socially distanced holiday season. Christmas in Color set...

In-N-Out Burger sets plan for Boise, but it will be a while still

It’s the question we get more than just about any other inquiry: When will the Boise area get an In-N-Out Burger? The California-based chain of...

Over the leftovers? Check out our takeout & delivery guide with more new options!

We had snow this week - and hopefully lots of Thanksgiving goodies. But if you're ready for something different - our Boise and Meridian...

Related

SERVPRO Certified

Latest

Boise made of Lego? How an Idaho guy dreamed up this skyline model

You might notice them in the stores. Lego sets with landmarks and skylines made out of the popular building bricks. Paris. Dubai. NYC. ...Boise? Not...

Get Local: Ideas on where and how to shop local this season

NEWS ANALYSIS Every holiday season, we hear about the importance of shopping local. This year, however, shopping Treasure Valley businesses is vital to the survival...

Over the leftovers? Check out our takeout & delivery guide with more new options!

We had snow this week - and hopefully lots of Thanksgiving goodies. But if you're ready for something different - our Boise and Meridian...

COVID spreads in Boise homeless shelters: one Boise Rescue Mission guest and staffer dead

Eight months after Idaho announced it’s first case of COVID-19, the pandemic is hitting Boise’s homeless community harder than ever.  In the past two weeks,...

Boise-based Norco purchased Utah-based automation & welding company

By Idaho Press staff Norco, a large, privately owned welding, safety, medical, and gas supplier, announced in a press release the acquisition of Arc Services...

‘I have never, ever felt this ill:’ Ahlquist, family contract COVID-19

By Nicole Camarda / Idaho News 6 Crush The Curve co-founder Tommy Ahlquist brought the first public COVID-19 tests to Idaho last spring. Now he...