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Former DC strategist plans bar, restaurant, office a stone’s throw from Idaho Statehouse

In April of 2018, BoiseDev reported the Wells Fargo branch near the Idaho Statehouse would close.

Now, we know what could replace it.

Greg Strimple of I.M. Trie Two LLC applied to tear down the building and replace it with a new three-story project.

The first floor would feature a bar and lounge space with seating for about 65 people, plus a private room with separate bar and seating.

The second floor would include a full-service restaurant with seating for about 80. A private dining area accommodates another 18 or so. Patio dining on the second-floor balcony provides space for 32. A full-service kitchen and service bar would reside on the second floor as well.

The third floor shows office space, with four private offices, conference room and open workspace.

The building would expand slightly, taking over an alley and bumping up the building to the west. An existing parking lot on the east side of the build will remain.

“The front base of the building will be a painted wood, so that it can be highly-detailed at the pedestrian level of the building, “Chris Borders with Pivot North Architecture wrote in an application letter. “A large two-story entry helps the public understand where to enter the building. There will be a cessed outdoor seating area along the sidewalk at the first level. This will allow for a feel of sidewalk seating with impeding the width of the public sidewalk.”

Strimple is president of GS Strategy Group. His past work includes the campaigns of Sen. John McCain, Gov. Chris Christie and others where he provided pollster and advisory services. According to a Spokesman-Review recounting of a 2010 Idaho Statesman story, Strimple and his wife chose Boise to get away from the campaign grind.

The former Wells Fargo building at 505 W. Bannock St. in Boise. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

The former Wells Fargo dates to about 1945. It began life as a candy store and restaurant, before transitioning to a credit union branch for federal employees in the 1950s. It later became home to First Security Bank, before Wells Fargo bought it in 2000.

Project hearing

The project will go in front of Boise’s Design Review Committee on September 11, 2019 at 6pm at Boise City Hall.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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