Confucius Restaurant on Fairview Ave. in Boise closed its doors for the last time Sunday evening.
“Effective March 25th, we have closed our operations, as our owners have decided to retire,” an outgoing message on the restaurant’s phone line indicates. “We would like to send a sincere thank you to all of those who have supported us over the last 30 years.”
Confucius served up an extensive menu of Chinese-style favorites, including Cantonese dishes. It also featured American dishes like hamburgers and finger steaks. The building’s exterior featured a distinctive pagoda-style roofline.
Antionio Wong and Tully Wong, Jr. owned the business since its inception, according to Idaho State business filings.
BoiseDev friend Justin and his family happened to dine at the restaurant Sunday and said diners were sad to see the restaurant go, but many said they understood the need to retire.
The restaurant first opened in 1989 on Fairview Ave. near Maple Grove, right next to Fair Vu 1-2-3 Cinema and around the corner from the Fair Vu Drive-In. Both theaters closed in 1994. Demolition crews tore the buildings down in 1997 to make way for a planned new Smith’s grocery store. Crews halted work on the grocery store project when Fred Meyer Co. bought the Smith’s Chain. After several years vacant, the half-built Smith’s building got a makeover to house operations of Bob Rice Ford – later Lithia Ford of Boise.
“It has been a true pleasure serving this great community,” the final phone message said. “From our Confucius restaurant family to all of yours, we thank you again for your many years of support.”