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How A New Boise Restaurant Is Building Community During The Pandemic

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People gathered in June 2020 on a grassy hill on the corner of 9th and Main Streets in downtown Boise. The outdoor space became home to KIN restaurant's outdoor "piKINic" food services.


Restaurants have had to adapt in the age of coronavirus or face going out of business. As restaurants across the country close with millions of jobs on the line, change is necessary for survival. But for Boise chef Kris Komori, adaptation has also become a means of community building

During a time of economic uncertainty in the restaurant industry and while the country grapples with a racial justice reckoning, he is working to bring folks together over a shared love for good, local food. 

Komori is a James Beard nominated chef and co-owner of KIN, a new restaurant in the capital city. He joins Idaho Matters live to talk about how he and his team have made adaptation a habit.

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Frankie Barnhill was the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast.