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Piper Pub, Shige to close; what developer says will happen next

Two stalwart Downtown Boise restaurants will close in coming weeks and months.

Piper Pub owner Gene Hutchison says he hasn’t been able to sign a new lease for his restaurant on the second floor, and has decided to close. BoiseDev first reported the lease challenges earlier this year.

“November 17 will be our last day,” he said. “The landlord never wanted to negotiate a lease with me, leaving it I think for a corporate style restaurant.”

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The owner of the newly renamed Main + Marketplace says Shige’s Cuisine will also close soon, and notes that market forces are part of the changes.

“Some of those tenants are paying half of what market rent is today,” Hawkins Co. president Gary Hawkins said. “We are spending a lot of money fixing that building it up, and we want to make it special. We have some tenants that haven’t spent any money to upgrade.”

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Hawkins said he and his team tried to keep parts of the project under wraps to protect existing restaurants Shige and Piper Pub.

“We have some things that are exciting that are going on,” he said. “We have tried to be quiet for the benefit of both so those tenants didn’t have their employees quitting.”

Hawkins said an announcement on the second phase of Main + Marketplace and what could fill the space is not quite ready yet. A leasing flyer shows a combined Piper/Shige space available for lease.

For his part, Piper Pub’s Hutchison is weighing options.

“(We are) looking at a few different locations and meeting with (a) developer,” he said.

“We wish Gene the best in the world,” Hawkins said.

Renovations on the exterior of the former Capitol Terrace building are nearly complete, with new awnings, paint and signage. The Piper is one of the original tenants of the project.

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Don Dayhttp://linkedin.com/in/donday
Don has been covering news in Boise for 20 years. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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