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Delays kept China Blue’s replacement on hold. Is there light at the end of the dance floor?

After structural issues with the roof forced the abrupt closure of China Blue last fall, the lights remained dark at 6th and Main.

A series of deadlines to reopen came and went. The basement club Dirty Little Roddy’s finally reopened in February. But the main club in the 1901-vintage club stayed closed.

In February, club owner Ted Challenger told BoiseDev he hoped to be open in time for an annual event in May. That came and went. He said this week a whole series of challenges made the project take much longer than he hoped.

Now, he says he’s shooting for a late July opening.

Crews will remove scaffolding that takes up the main part of the former China Blue later this week. After that Challenger said he will get to work on getting the club in shape.

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Ted Challenger appears in a Facebook video announcing changes to China Blue

As we reported earlier this year, the China Blue concept will not return. Instead, a new concept is set – with a pop music focus on the main downstairs floor, and electronic dance music upstairs in the old Electro Lounge. Challenger said he feels like Boise’s growth and change makes it a good time for the clubs to evolve.

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