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The Strange Case of Jekyll & Hyde: Will long promised downtown bagel spot come to life?

Back in 2018, BoiseDev told you about a plan for a bagel joint with a split personality: Jekyll & Hyde. Planned in the old Pita Pit location on Main St., signs went up for the combo bagel bakery (by day) and drinks and greasy bagel sandwiches by night.

Although some initial work happened in the space at 746 W. Main, including a coat of orange paint and a building permit for other work, the bagel bakery never opened. Then, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and restaurants in Downtown Boise entered a general state of flux. The sign came down, and the space remained vacant.

But much like the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, there seems to be a new mystery. Earlier this summer, a new sign went up in the window.

“It’s been long enough! There is something finally cooking inside.”

But what?

Art concept for Jekyll and Hyde. Via Propaganda Creative

Hawkins Co. still shows Jekyll and Hyde on its marketing flier for the space. We put a message out to Nick Epler, who is listed on the Jekyll and Hyde building permit from 2018, and he didn’t reply.

There are no open building permits with the City of Boise, and an occupancy request for Jekyll and Hyde from 2018 is now listed as void by the city.

A creative brief from a Spokane ad agency indicated Jekyll and Hyde would feature bagels and coffee for daytime workers (Jekyll), with “greasy spoon bagels and wicked good sandwiches” for dinner and late night (Hyde).

Epler owns the Pita Pit franchise locations, including the one that used to operate in the Main St. location. The remaining franchise locations are listed for sale.

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Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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