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Several new restaurants coming to empty Fudrucker’s in Boise

An empty Fudrucker’s near the Boise Spectrum will finally get some new restaurants.

An application with the City of Boise would chop the large sit-down restaurant into three spaces. Fast-casual Mexican chain Costa Vida would take the southernmost space in the building – and add a drive-thru lane.

Costa Vida will occupy about 3,000 square feet, while two future restaurants could fill the remaining 2,200 square feet and 1,000 square feet spaces.

The new spot at 1666 S. Entertainment Rd. will bring the total number of Costa Vida locations in the area to five. It will be the first with drive-thru service.

Costa Vida runs a menu of offerings similar to that of Cafe Rio – which also operates locations in the Boise area. In 2005, Cafe Rio sued the chain – then known as Costa Azul. The suit alleged a former Cafe Rio general manager and others “improperly copied” Cafe Rio’s menu, layout, procedures and other elements.

Cafe Rio alleged Costa Vida “blatantly and illegally appropriated” its menu. The two parties came to a settlement in 2007 – the terms of which never became public.

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