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New Zealand meat pie café will open at The Afton

Kiwi Shake & Bake will fill the street-level retail space at The Afton. Image courtesy of Katie Munro.

A New Zealand meat pie café will break the hex that has plagued The Afton condo developer since before construction started in 2015.

Interest in the condos has been robust since groundbreaking, and the The Afton sold out as people starting moving there in June 2017. But the 29-unit mixed-use complex at Eighth and River streets in downtown Boise opened with no street-level retail, and that remains empty. Now, New Zealanders Katie and Chris Munro plan to start tenant improvements in a 2,000-square-foot Afton retail space later in July for their Kiwi Shake & Bake.

Developer Michael Hormaechea has noted the lack of interest in The Afton’s street-level development all along. Hormaechea was able to chisel away more than half of the required mixed-use commercial space in his development agreement with the Capital City Development Corp., the city’s redevelopment agency, which owned The Afton property and offered full reimbursement of Hormaechea’s purchase price.

What was originally conceived as 8,000 square feet of retail in two Afton buildings is now 2,000 square feet in the existing Afton building and a required minimum 1,400 square feet of commercial space in the second building under construction.

The Afton condos sold out rapidly, but the retail space had no takers until now. Photo by Teya Vitu.

Hormaechea was unavailable for comment.

The Munros are in the process of moving to Boise from New Zealand. Earlier, they started looking for a place in Boise to open a meat pie shop. A real estate agent led them to The Afton space.

“We just love the location, close to downtown and the Greenbelt as well,” Katie Munro said. “Meat pies is going to be the main service. We will have milkshakes, beer, wine and coffee and some cakes as well, very New Zealand.”

She wants to open by the end of August.

Lindgren Labrie Architecture of Eagle is the architect. Kouba Construction of Meridian is the general contractor.

BoiseDev.com first reported this subject.

About Teya Vitu

Teya Vitu is an Idaho Business Review reporter, covering commercial real estate, construction, transportation and whatever else may intrigue him in the moment. Join me on Twitter at @IBR_TeyaVitu.