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In recent months, the board of the Greater Boise Auditorium District considered purchasing a restaurant space below its Boise Centre East convention facility.
The space faces the Grover Plaza and has been empty since built. Earlier this month, Laird Norton Company of Seattle acquired the restaurant, as well as the US Bank and Clearwater Buildings.
It includes 5,500 square feet of space and sits adjacent to the Boise Centre East’s elevator lobby.
Auditorium district officials told BoiseDev the property could give them additional flexibility, and a space for smaller events, separate from the larger convention center facilities.
Executive director Pat Rice talked about the project in response to a question from the board.
“There is some dialogue continuing about the availability of the space,” Rice said. “There are some terms within the financial structure (of Laird Norton’s purchase) with how the loan was structured for the new owners (that could affect) if it can be purchased or if it is a long-term lease.”
Rice said movement on the project could come in August.
Permits for a Rascal Flatts Restaurant came into the City of Boise in 2018. The project never materialized. It turns out, according to the Arizona Republic, a former ‘mafia soldier’ doomed the project.