After project halted, will downtown Boise restaurant ever open? Here’s what’s happening.

Torri Donley

Things were quiet for months, but don’t stick a fork in the planned Anthony’s restaurant just yet, Boise. You’ll want to bring an appetite when you do. Construction has fired up again on the new seafood destination at J.R. Simplot Company headquarters on West Front Street, next to Jack’s Urban […]

Things were quiet for months, but don’t stick a fork in the planned Anthony’s restaurant just yet, Boise.

You’ll want to bring an appetite when you do.

Construction has fired up again on the new seafood destination at J.R. Simplot Company headquarters on West Front Street, next to Jack’s Urban Meeting Place (JUMP). The Kirkland, Washington-based chain had halted work on the project months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Originally slated to open in May, Anthony’s now hopes to be serving dinner in early December.

“With all the ups and downs over the past few months, we are excited to have a new restaurant to look forward to opening,” Herb Gould, president and CEO, said in a press-release update.

Anthony’s has more than two dozen restaurants, including one in Coeur d’Alene. The 7,500-square-foot Boise restaurant will serve fresh seafood from the Pacific Northwest. It will come from Seattle-based Anthony’s Seafood Company, a wholesale division founded in 1984. The Boise restaurant will include an espresso bar, plus an outdoor, covered, 1,200-square-foot seating area overlooking the courtyard and park at Simplot headquarters.

The menu at an Anthony’s restaurant varies daily based on fresh fish selection. A sample menu at the Coeur d’Alene location includes choices such as Anthony’s Award-Winning Clam Chowder ($5/$8), Alaska True Cod ‘n Chips ($16), Wild Walleye ($25) and Prawns Tempura ($20). That menu also features steak options ranging from Steak & Prawns ($31) to a 14-ounce Double R Signature Rib Eye ($42).

Anthony’s Restaurants is a family-owned chain founded in 1969. Part-owner JJ Gould, son of founder Budd Gould, has lived in Idaho since 1994 and moved to Boise in 2000.

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