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The Old Spaghetti Factory building in Boise has long been vacant. Here’s its status

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The Old Spaghetti Factory experiment in Boise was a short-lived one. The national chain opened a huge Downtown Boise restaurant in 2007 and hung on for about six years, before locking the doors for a final time in 2013.

The building remains vacant nearly six years later.

But the wheels could be in motion for the large 11,000 square foot building.

Barclay Group of Phoenix purchased the building last year from its prior owner. According to Ryan Gaston with the company, Old Spaghetti Factory had been paying out the remainder of its lease each month until last year.

“We are going to put it out on the market for lease in the next week or so,” Gaston told BoiseDev. “We hope to backfill it with some sort of bar or restaurant.”

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Barclay develops projects in nine other states, and just opened its Idaho office with Gaston heading things up.

“We really like the downtown core. We think there is a lot of longterm value in the downtown core, especially with the growth that the area,” he said.

The Old Spaghetti Factory building, across Idaho St. from Boise City Hall, has a deep history in the area. The building popped up in about 1930 and served as the first home of Twentieth Century Lanes. Over time it became an archery range, long-time home of Capitol Lithograph – and finally the restaurant use.

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Don Day
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.

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