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Things will look a bit different when diners visit Chandlers, which recently updated its look and completely overhauled its kitchen. Kyle Green Statesman file photo

Fine dining restaurant Chandlers Steakhouse is preparing to reopen

If you’re craving a juicy rib-eye at Chandlers Steakhouse on Valentine’s Day, you’re out of luck.

They’re booked full — “and then some,” owner Rex Chandler jokes.

But if you’re jonesing for a Chandlers fix sooner than that, all you have to do is make a reservation. Boise’s top fine-dining restaurant, which closed Jan. 1 to remodel, plans to officially reopen Monday, Feb. 6.

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The new roof is getting built over the lounge and bar at Chandlers Steakhouse. Photo by Teya Vitu.

Chandlers Steakhouse renovations will create late-night jazz club

Rex Chandler is renovating his Chandlers Steakhouse because he says the 38-year-old structure needs it. But while he’s at it, Chandler plans to create a late-night jazz club/supper club in the lounge area with supper service from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Chandlers at downtown Boise’s Hotel 43 shut down at the end of the year for a near $1 million renovation that fully remodels the bar, lounge, entrance and kitchen and “subtly” improves the dining area. Chandler expects to reopen in the first week of February.

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Basil Hayden's Bourbon Whiskey

Basil Hayden’s Bourbon Whiskey – Best of Boise, Among Other Things…

The restaurants and bars in the City of Trees — Boise, Idaho, that is — boast appropriately beautiful woodwork, rambunctious yet overly courteous staffs, and craft cocktails which speak to the town’s once rough-and-tumble Western ways as much as they speak to the posh, cosmopolitan environs which infrastructure of industry and economy have brought to the place. After spending some time there, I found the best way to experience the town’s sprawling night life was to walk from place to place, watering hole to watering hole, before laying your head to rest for the night.

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Ben Burdick Trio with Amy Rose

Jazz, soul, RnB and more with one of the Northwest’s finest jazz guitarists, Ben Burdick, and his talented trio, along with the smooth vocals of Amy Rose singing a delightfully fresh selection of songs in a sultry jazz style.

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The John Jones Trio

John Jones is one of Idaho’s best-kept secrets– a stellar guitarist with an absolutely golden voice, a huge repertoire of tunes from classic jazz to funk, soul, R’n’B, and a perfect trio to match his versatility, with Mike Seifrit on bass and Jon Hyneman on drums.

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ByLanderSea Travel Tales – The Best in Boise: Chandler’s Ten Minute Martini

I’d never been to Idaho before and after receiving a guidebook from the state’s office of Tourism, I was downright excited. I flew into Boise, the state capital, arriving in the afternoon. I found the land surprisingly flat, but with wonderful foothills in the distance.

My tour would start with a kick-off dinner for members of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writes Association at Chandlers, a favorite local restaurant known for their steaks and Idaho-sourced ingredients. Chandler’s was also the recipient of a 2013 Wine Spectator ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ for their impressive wine list.

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Ten Minute Martini

The Story of the Ten Minute Martini™

What’s Archimedes Got to Do With It?

The Story of the Ten Minute Martini™ and why it’s arguably the finest martini you’ll ever taste.

More than thirty years ago I stumbled on a martini preparation that eventually became known as the Ten-Minute Martini™. As you’ll see, this was a bartender’s accident pure and simple.

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