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Fatty’s is closed. Something new and larger is coming in its place

The former Fatty’s Bar location in Downtown Boise will undergo a remodel and expansion, according to permits filed with the City of Boise.

The club will nearly double in size – expanding into space formerly occupied by The North Face before the retailer downsized earlier this year.

The Fatty’s sign is no longer on the building, and a note on the door says 8th Street Entertainment is coming soon. Liquor license permits filed with the State of Idaho show three new names for the club – including 8th St Karma and 8th St Social Club.

Fatty’s filed for bankruptcy last year, according to the Idaho Press. Fatty’s owner Steve Masonheimer told the paper the bankruptcy was related to a vendor improperly charging his business. Idaho bankruptcy court filings indicate the bankruptcy was closed in April of this year. As of the last status report, Fatty’s had $103,000 in assets and brought in $38,000 in revenue in the final month it reported to the court.

The liquor, building and business permits are under the name of Bill and Susan Barros. However, the City of Boise building permit for the expansion lists the Barros’ names but Masonheimer’s contact information. Masonheimer would not comment on the record and efforts to reach the Barros’ were not successful.

Expansion ahead

The club will expand from 3,781 square feet to more than 8,700 square feet according to the permit. Total occupancy will increase from 310 to 627.

The North Face shrunk operations from a two-story retail space to a single-story earlier this year, but maintains a storage room on the second floor of the building. Crews filled in the staircase and increased the overall square footage of the former Mode department store building.

This is the second Downtown Boise club to get a makeover this year. China Blue recently reopened as Strange Love after an extensive remodel.

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