Shuttered Roosevelt Market in Boise’s East End could finally spring back to life

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Last November, BoiseDev broke news that the venerable Roosevelt Market on Elm St. in the East End would close.

After months of an empty building where the bustling market once welcomed customers, plans are starting to come together.

Chef Sarah Kelly and her husband David – the team behind Petite 4 on the Boise Bench and the former Bleubird in Downtown Boise will run the new business according to Boise Weekly. The newly-christened Roosevelt Market & Cafe got a blast of media attention this spring, held an event, launched a social media feed… then went silent.

“We are creating a destination for those who share our passion for great food and whimsy, while providing a mainstay for our East End neighbors,” Sarah Kelly wrote in a news release last spring.

A new request for a building permit promises the project could get going soon.

The project’s new form

Filings indicate the building will get a thorough revamp – both inside and out. The interior will see the installation of a small new commercial kitchen along the back. Seating and a market area will occupy the front.

“The market will have a display area for food, pastries and sundries,” Mark Taylor with ZGA Architects wrote in an application letter. “The market will serve coffee and ice-cream during the daytime and wine and beer during in (sic) the evenings. The public area will consist of various goods for purchasing with some seating areas with tables for patrons.”

The exterior will also see a total revamp. Crews will adjust the roofline, as well as update the placement of doors and windows. Workers will remove a residential apartment on the second floor. Storage and a small office will take its place.

The building dates to at least 1911, according to a historical survey of the property. The building started out as a residence before conversion into a market in about 1956.

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