An inside look at BoDo’s new warehouse dining hall

BOISE, Idaho – Located in what was formerly Boise’s Warehouse District, is a new dining and retail experience known as The Warehouse Food Hall.

The new space, which opened on Tuesday, features 11 different retail and food and beverage vendors, giving everyone the option to find something they love. From pizza to coffee, to Bao Bao, the new food court has it all.

“We are a 29,000-square-foot indoor food hall and retail space as well,” said Steve Steeding, general manager of The Warehouse Food Hall.

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Steading said more about the road sellers are on the way. Every space inside the brick building will be filled downtown. Most of the tenants are local businesses and include some of my favorite places in Idaho.

Chef and owner Frank Jordan said, “A person who comes in here who might just eat pizza might step out of their comfort zone and try something different and try a bao cake.” “I kind of developed the concept, especially for a food pantry.”

Jordan previously owned a restaurant in Spain, which was closed due to the pandemic, but he led him to the opportunity at The Warehouse Food Hall.

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Bao Boi is located inside The Warehouse Food Hall which opens July 12th.

“I felt if I came up with something really cool and different and something unique, they would give me a chance to open a storefront. So we started talking, and it seemed to me that I might have a chance to start some pop-ups to do a little market research to see how people felt about eating brownie sandwiches on Steam has launched really well, Jordan said.

It’s not just about food and drink. The Warehouse plans to feature live music and more pop-up retailers in the future.

“Later next year we will also welcome Treefort who will have a space for me here. They are currently planning to open early next spring and will be timed with a music festival in late March next year,” Steeding said.

The renovation cost $20 million and renovated the downtown BoDo area. It took over 143,000 manpower hours, 87,000 bricks and more to bring it to life. With the building’s industrial look, the hope is to replicate the feel of what was once the Warehouse District in Boise.

“We really designed this space to allow for a smooth flow of different events,” Steeding said. “We want this space to be welcoming to every person in town and every visitor or resident of Boise.”

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