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About this project

Until 2008, we owned and operated one of Boise’s best and most beloved casual fine-dining restaurants, The MilkyWay. With great regret and because of the economic downturn, we closed the doors after over seven years of operation.

Since then, we found ourselves putting our lives back together and now feel as though we are whole with the exception of our professional lives. It is time for us to find the missing piece, a restaurant! We have trained and worked our entire professional lives with this goal in mind.
We believe that we can transform our prior restaurant experience in order to meet the demand of this new economy and have a business that will flourish.

Briefly, our concept is loosely fit around a “French Bistro” without stressing the “French” too much, but focusing on simple, high-quality menu items, in a comfortable setting, at reasonable prices. We will offer an all-day menu, yes, burgers at night! We will serve lunch, dinner and brunch with beer, wine and a full bar. Our probable location will be near State and Glenwood streets in Boise.

As in the past, everything will be made from scratch with love. Grinding our own Idaho beef for our burgers, homemade sausages and pates, pastries and breads, hand-crafted cocktails, delicious and interesting wine selections, fun micro brews will all be combined with detailed care and thought. Everything that comes in the doors will be fresh and seasonal, plus we will make every effort to purchase locally.

How about your favorites; do you miss them? For those of you who were die-hard MilkyWay or Tapas Estrella fans, don’t worry; some of your favorites, we are sure, will have guest appearances and strong supporting roles to your new darling dishes.

At Salt Tears Eating House, we will be partnering up with our friend and longtime business associate Kathleen Neville, She was our bookkeeper FOREVER and has 30+ years experience in the restaurant industry, including ownership of several popular restaurants. In addition, she has had extensive experience in the wine distribution business; she doesn’t clean toilets but she does own a liquor license.

Together, our restaurant history includes everything from overall design and implementation of our restaurants to food and wine menu development, as well as bookkeeping, marketing, advertising, promotions and staff hiring and development.

After we lost our business, as you could imagine, we lost just about everything we had, though the hardest loss was our restaurant family. We worked really hard to make an environment that we all wanted to work in. That meant everybody entered our restaurant was treated like family, this included guests and employees alike. Our focus was making something that we would all be proud of and happy to serve and having fun at it. In doing so, we felt like we became part of a community, stressing quality in every aspect of what we all did. We would like to bring this sense back to our lives. We simply want to bring great food, wine and service to our Boise peeps and work with the ones we love once again. Is that too much to ask? : )

What we are offering is many years of experience as successful restaurateurs with many more to come. We are dedicated to making this endeavor a success and becoming an integral part of the community once again.

We utilized the Kickstarter platform because we wanted the community to be involved in this project. Our “It takes a community to raise a restaurant” campaign is based on the premise of the current financial situation (as a community) and the need for a great dining experience when you do choose to go out. Funds raised through Kickstarter will be companioned by a private loan, together, enough to get this restaurant off the ground. Equipment purchases, tenant improvements, food and beverage purchases and initial operating capital will all be provided by this funding. We love this community, and we’ll be invested into it for the long haul. We are wholeheartedly grateful for your support.

Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,

Andrea Maricich
Mitchell (Milky) Maricich
Kathleen Neville

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    Customized private cooking classes with Milky at your house, or another cool house, if we can find one! Valued at $1100.
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    5 course Dinner for 10 people, wine included. Valued at $1100.
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