TWIN FALLS — Twin Falls foodies: Your wait is almost over.
It’s been months since the storefront signage for the Yellow Brick Café made its debut on Main Avenue, but owner Kathy Fitzgerald says construction is almost complete. The cafe should be all set to open by the time work finishes on the first block of Main Avenue’s reconstruction — in late June or early July.
The Yellow Brick Café, at 136 Main Ave. W., was a project that evolved over time — but its underlying objective has remained consistent.
“It’s really just to highlight what’s here,” Fitzgerald said. “Keeping it small-town is kind of the name of the game.”
The café will offer local produce, beer and wine — serving breakfast, lunch and small dinners seven days a week.
“We’re in the home stretch,” Fitzgerald said.
Yellow Brick Café was originally slated to open last summer or fall, but a rooftop patio and a banquet room added more work than anticipated — including construction of a staircase.
Once complete, the restaurant will seat about 60 people downstairs. A banquet room upstairs will hold 63, and a rooftop patio will accommodate another 48 diners.
The menu will feature skillet egg dishes, seven kinds of toast with assorted toppings, juices, and “super bowls” — combining grain, protein and vegetables.
It’s enough to make one’s mouth water. And Yellow Brick Café is only one of a handful of restaurants Twin Falls residents can expect to hear more about in 2017 and beyond.
Here’s what else is expected to come to a neighborhood near you:
Chipotle Mexican Grill plans to open by mid-July, but a company spokeswoman said it’s still too far out to get more specific details. The company received its permit in August for a building at 587 Blue Lakes Blvd. N. The restaurant could employ between 25 and 30 people.
Carl’s Jr. is still slated to open sometime by late 2017. The franchisee CJ Twin LLC is working with developer Kevin Mortensen & Chasewood Partners to construct a restaurant near the intersection of Blue Lakes Boulevard and Heyburn Avenue.
Black Bear Diner began construction just weeks ago, at 1741 Harrison St. N. near the Hilton Garden Inn. Although it was originally projected to open in early 2018, the restaurant may now open as early as November, based on current timing, a company spokesman said.
Twin Falls Brewing Co. is an idea Twin Falls Sandwich Co. owner Shane Cooks hopes to bring to fruition in the next six months. The brewery/pub would help beautify downtown and renovate a former craft store next to The Orpheum Theatre, he said. It would have a pub menu and serve salmon, steak and pork dinners. “It’ll be winter, I’m sure, by the time we start serving our own beer,” Cook said. Of the 20 beers on tap, he hopes at least 15 will be made by Twin Falls Brewing Co. Construction should start before too long, he said.
And here are a few more restaurants that have expressed interest in Twin Falls:
Tropical Smoothie Café planned a June opening in Boise, but franchisees Michelle and Kory Pukash will be scouting locations for a potential restaurant in Twin Falls.
Ruby Tuesday announced late last year it was eyeing Twin Falls and Idaho Falls for potential locations. A spokesman this week confirmed that both are still seen as possibilities, but the company is trying to identify franchise partners and locations.
Panera Bread had planned to go in south of the Twin Falls Visitor Center, but city staff say the company is still resolving issues with a neighbor. It has filed for an extension on its building permit, and may need to file again. A special use permit will have to be reactivated by the Planning and Zoning Commission, an action which Zoning and Development Manager Renee Carraway-Johnson said she would support. “They want to be here, which is good for us,” she said.
Habit Burger — a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based grill chain — has appeared on plans submitted to reactivate a special use permit at Canyon Park West. Neither the developer nor the company would return calls about a future Habit Burger in Twin Falls, but Neilson and Co. has submitted plans for a building permit at that location, 1925 Fillmore St.
Others? More restaurants could be announced in the not-too-distant future. Carraway-Johhnson said a company has expressed interest in developing the northwest corner of Cheney Drive West and Washington Street, south of Wal-Mart and across from the new CapEd Credit Union. This property is proposed to have multiple restaurants and commercial buildings.
The developers of Rio Vista, Canyon Village, and Pillar Falls Plaza off of Pole Line Road East have also said restaurants are in their plans.