The first Wendy’s location on the Boise Bench has served up its last square burger patty.

The store at 1450 S. Orchard closed up shop Sunday and posted a message on its marquee thanking customers for 40 years of patronage.

“We just built a brand new store on Overland. We really replaced it. It was tired and so we felt it was in our best interest to build a brand new store,” Jim Taggart, President of Mountain West Wendy’s told BoiseDev. 

Taggart said they kept both the new location and the Orchard St. eatery open for a while to gauge traffic patterns. In the end, he said, it made sense to close the older restaurant. 

The location was the first Wendy’s in Boise, and second in Idaho overall after a store in Nampa.

In addition to the new Overland Rd. store, Mountain West Wendy’s recently completed a new location on Garrity Blvd. in Nampa, and is set to start a remodel of the Broadway Ave. store in Boise this month. They will also revamp the Eagle Rd. and State St. locations in the coming year.

Taggart says they own the real estate under the Orchard St. restaurant and have not yet decided what they will do with it. The site is part of a proposed future urban renewal district.

A sign posted on the door of the Orchard St. Wendy’s lets customers know where else to find burgers, fries and Frostys. 
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.