A Neighborhood Public House

September 5, 2018

Fort Street Station is for Everyone of All Ages

Veronica Lemaster

Photos Kimberlee Miller

As you walk into the pub, it’s warmly-lit, cozy and engaging, you are greeted by a welcoming staff and oftentimes one or both of the owners. The full bar, historic photos on the walls, and solid-slab pine tables are a few of the amenities you can’t help but double take on. Choose the patio, bar, or restaurant to dine in and the smell of delicious food fills the air as you’re handed a menu with items that range from burgers and sandwiches to fish and chips or salmon.

Rick and Suzy Sullivan, owners of Fort Street Station, envisioned a place where everyone would be welcome and comfortable, including children. Since the first day, they’ve placed importance on making it a family-friendly restaurant, as well as a place where the staff and guests feel like a part of a family.

“We enjoy hosting people,” Suzy says about their inspiration for opening a pub, and adds they’ve always loved bringing people together over food. That wasn’t what gave them the push to open Fort Street Station when they did: a liquor license was. Seventeen years ago, Rick put his name in for a liquor license with no big plans on what to do with it. When they got the offer to accept the license, they had ten days to respond before it would go to the next person on the list. That’s when they decided it was time to turn their dreams into a reality. “We knew if we didn’t try this we would always look back and say: ‘what if,’” Rick said.

With that, Fort Street Station was born on June 24, 2017. Just hitting their one-year mark, Rick and Suzy are thrilled with the reception their pub has had in the neighborhood. They recently started a weekend brunch and plan to continue offering seasonal menu items.

Before opening Fort Street Station, Suzy worked as a business manager at an architecture firm while Rick still maintains his job as an engineer in the Valley. Having no previous know-how in the restaurant industry, the duo relied on experienced staff to help them create a successful Public House. Their Executive Chef, Mark Coates, worked with Rick and Suzy to create the initial menu, a process that took around six weeks. While keeping cost in mind, they try to source locally as much as possible and most menu items are made from scratch with fresh ingredients.

The most popular items on the menu are the Fish ‘n’ Chips—beer-battered cod served with fries, horsey slaw, and house-made tartar sauce. As well as the Thai Lettuce Wraps—peanut sauce marinated chicken wrapped in butter leaf lettuce with carrots, sprouts and cilantro, served with choice of sweet chili, peanut, and honey-cilantro sauces. But Rick and Suzy have their own personal choices. Anything that has risotto in it has become Suzy’s favorite, while Rick’s remains the Grilled Chicken Sandwich. Despite the differences, they both agree that the Cookie Skillet, a big cookie with a scoop of ice cream and caramel sauce, is the most delicious (and popular) dessert item!

Food isn’t the only specialty at Fort Street Station. With a selection of 18 rotating taps featuring local and regional beers, anyone can come in and find a beer to enjoy. If beer isn’t your thing, they have you covered with a great assortment of wines and cocktails you’ll have to see (and taste) for yourself!

Fort Street Station is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner as well as brunch every Saturday and Sunday. Find Fort Street Station at 808 W Fort St. across from the Boise Co-op.

 

Fort Street Station

808 W Fort St, Boise, ID 83702

(208) 323-1891

fortstreetstation.com

https://www.facebook.com/fortstreetstation/