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Edging Into Downtown Boise

Edge Brewing plans a second location on 10th Street

Lex Nelson

In 2014, Edge Brewing set up shop in a tangle of corporate offices and distribution centers near the intersection of Emerald Street and North Maple Grove Road. In the years since, its owners have turned what could have been a sterile warehouse into a cozy restaurant/brewery that serves as a home base for office workers and nearby residents. Now, Edge is expanding into downtown Boise with a second location on 10th Street set to open this month.

“We’ve been on the search for probably a little over a year,” said Edge General Manager and Executive Chef Tony Knipe. “As our current location on Steelhead [Way] continued to grow and build a lot of sales, we were just getting to the point at that location that we were kind of growing out of it.” 

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At more than 3,500 square feet and with seating for 85 patrons, the new location will certain alleviate those growing pains. Edge chose it in part because of its kitchen space, which resembles the one it already has and so will make for an easy transition, and also because its downtown address should draw a separate, younger clientele. 

Most recently the spot at 205 N. 10th Street was home to Willowcreek Grill & Raw Sushi, and before that The Dish and Milky Way took turns there. Knipe and his team plan to break the address’ streak of bad luck by leaning on their popular pub menu—75-80% of the dishes offered at the Steelhead location will be duplicated downtown, including popular options like the brisket poutine, baja tacos and “Over the Edge” burger—and creative craft beers. Knipe also plans to add additional appetizers and “some higher end steaks” to the downtown menu. 

Right now, Knipe is stretched thin in the scramble to open the new location. The spot’s soft opening was originally planned for Sunday, Sept. 15, but has since been pushed back to Tuesday, Sept. 24.

“Over the course of the next week or so we should be able to start prepping food, organizing, and training staff,” Knipe told CCN on Sept. 12. 

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Roughly 50 downtowners already got a taste of what Edge has to offer on September’s First Thursday, when staff set up a table outside the new location to pour tastes of Hop Kiss session pale ale, Thrillz For The Pilz Czech-style pilsner, and Juicy Pale Lager. Knipe said he’d hoped to do the same for First Thursday in August, but had been forced to wait for licenses and permits to clear.

Now with all of that red tape sorted, Edge can get down to business.