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After fire, Knitting Factory works on remodel, sets opening date

Photo courtesy Terrence Blanton, Fadewood Studios

Fire broke out at the Knitting Factory in September, causing damage to more than 60% of the building.

Work on the building’s HVAC system triggered the fire. That work was part of a small remodel to add a bathroom and a few other items.

As a result of the fire, a big remodel is underway

“We are excited to get Knitting Factory in Boise back open,” general manager Gary Pike told BoiseDev. “Construction is in full force right now inside the venue and it is amazing to see the transformation in action.”

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Pike said the current work is a “floor to ceiling” revamp of the building.

“The architects, designers, and construction crews have really outdone themselves and we are pleased with what they are creating.”

A number of changes are on deck, including a new “360-degree bar” that Pike said will help patrons get a drink faster, plus better sightlines so concertgoers can see the stage from the back of the room.

The balcony area is also being expanded with additional viewing area. New furniture and flooring are also going in throughout. Other updates include sound system, lighting, green rooms and more. Plus, that HVAC system that started the fire will get its upgrade.

With all these months closed, Pike said he hopes to be open in just weeks.

“Barring any construction or weather-related delays we are planning to be back open the first week in March,” he said.

The first act scheduled in the revamped facility is Bad Suns, Vista Kicks on March 4th.

“As unfortunate as the fire was, it has enabled Knitting Factory to build a state of the art concert and events center in the Treasure Valley. Boise’s Knitting Factory is going to be better than anyone could have ever imagined.”

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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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