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Boise Bar Recognized for LGBTQ+ Support, Ghost Kitchen Closes

Blake Hunter
Blake Hunter
Posted on November 17
If you didn't get a chance to partake in Espresso Martini Week, give Water Bear's a try. (@waterbearbar / Instagram)

If you didn't get a chance to partake in Espresso Martini Week, give Water Bear's a try. (@waterbearbar / Instagram)

This week on Boise’s plate, we’ve got Thanksgiving preparations, a dissipated ghost kitchen, and a big win for a queer-owned Boise bar.

🐻 The Tardigrade is ‘Queer to Stay’

The Human Rights Campaign and TV network Showtime recognized Water Bear Bar in downtown Boise as a Queer to Stay recipient. The program supports 25 businesses across the country each year that uplift their local queer and trans communities, and was started in 2020.

In an Instagram post, the Water Bear team wrote: “Opening this bar was a dream of ours, that dream has been consistently challenged while operating in a post-pandemic world, and sadly, had been on the verge of shuttering. This recognition is giving us energy to keep showing up for our community.”

👻 Crave Delivery Closes Shop

A 15,000-square-foot ghost kitchen in Meridian has come and gone, its owners told the Idaho Statesman. Crave Delivery was launched during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic as an alternative to dining in, employing a fleet of deliverers who would bring food from your pick of restaurants in the kitchens.

But that fizzled out, to be replaced by Crave Kitchens, a franchise spinoff that doesn’t operate in Idaho. Crave Kitchen and Bar is a separate restaurant in Eagle.

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Help 🥧

If there’s one thing you can count on while cooking a Thanksgiving meal, it’s that something will fall through the cracks. But planning ahead can be a big lift, so check out these local businesses if you need an extra hand.

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