If you predicted that a new restaurant would go into the space vacated by Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters, well, you nailed it.
Cupbop, a Korean barbecue chain founded in Utah, plans to open at 298 N. 8th St. — the corner of 8th and Bannock streets.
The fast-casual restaurant could be dishing up hot noodles as soon as the end of this month, says Michael Bevans, whose franchise group owns the Treasure Valley locations. Cupbop also operates in Idaho at 1520 W. Chinden Blvd. in Meridian and 1471 Caldwell Blvd. in Nampa.
Spokane-based Thomas Hammer shuttered its Boise store in August after about a decade and a half on 8th Street. It shared the block with popular dining destinations such as Bittercreek Alehouse, Eureka!, The Funky Taco and PieHole.
“… We are really excited about this spot,” Bevans said in an email, “and to be part of ‘restaurant row.’ ”