I never knew that this restaurant actually got it's start through crowd funding, but I do know that they have the best Fish & Chips in the Treasure Valley and are about to undergo a HUGE expansion project. 

Our friend Mike Shuman has owned and operated Shu's Idaho Running Company for well over 20 years.  If you've ever been to Mike's store or saw him out and about at FitOne or Race for the Cure, you know that when he's passionate about something, he's very animated about it!  He's told me several times that his store's neighbor, Cloud 9 Brewery, has the absolute best Fish & Chips in the Treasure Valley and that if I didn't agree, he'd pay for my meal.  It took me a few months after that bet to actually make it over to the nanopub for dinner, but I've got to say that Mike is totally right! (They're street tacos aren't bad either! I scarfed the down after the Freakin' Fast Half Marathon last summer.)

My only complaint about Cloud 9? It's pretty tiny and hard to get a seat there.  My high school friend, Andy, was in Boise over New Year's weekend and we were taking him on a tour of Boise bases breweries.  We almost skipped Cloud 9 because it was too packed on a snowy January 2nd to find a seat! Luckily, a few people scooted over at the bar to make room for us.

Limited seating at Cloud 9 might be a thing of the past! According to the Idaho Statesman, there's about to be a shake up with the tenants in the plaza at that Shu's and Cloud 9 call home. Queen Nails plans to move into the old Penny Lane Toys storefront after the toy store relocated further down State Street. They don't know exactly when the store will move, but it should be sometime this summer allowing Cloud 9 to carry out their expansion project while staying open during the busy summer months.

The project includes plans for an expanded patio, bigger kitchen, double the seating space and brining the number of bathrooms from one to two. They hope to have everything wrapped up by Oktoberfest weekend.

The brewery opened thanks to $30,000 in funding it received through crowd funding on Kickstarter three years ago.