Local news. Locally owned.
We put readers first.

You asked: What’s the future of the nearly-rebuilt Roosevelt Market?

Idaho's Biggest Toy Drive

In 2018, BoiseDev broke news that the Roosevelt Market on Elm Ave. would close. Now, more than a year later, much about the project has changed. But we don’t know how the story will end.

Owners Susan Wilder and Nicolee Monroe shut down the market and eatery on December 15th of 2018. Jill Simplot and her mother Pam Lemley bought the property through an LLC in 2017 but said they would remain hands-off.

With Wilder and Monroe no longer at the helm, Lemley & Simplot’s LLC took on a large-scale project that they billed as a remodel. That remodel tore most of the structure down to the foundation. In its place, a new-but-similar building popped up.

Last year, the owners of Petite 4 and the now-shuttered Bleubird Cafe in Downtown Boise said they would take over the space.

In September, Sarah & DK Kelly said they changed course and wouldn’t operate the Roosevelt.

- Story continues below -
Regence

“It saddens us that we will not be a part of this project, however this is the best business decision for us at this time,” they wrote on Facebook.

What’s next for Roosevelt Market?

Now, exterior construction on the new building continues. The windows in the building remain blacked out. Some kid-drawn posters with their hopes for the market line the front of the building.

We reached out to Pam Lemley last week hoping to understand more about the plan for the building, but she did not reply.

Rendering of bar area. Via public filing

The final plans submitted to the City of Boise show space for a general store, bar and cafe seating in the front of the building. A new kitchen and restroom sit along the back. A “50’s retro style aesthetic” Smeg refrigerator gives a possible clue to the vibe of the cafe.

Upstairs, a small office and storage space will sit in the back, with most of the floor open to below. The bar would be framed out with a large two-story wall and Roosevelt Market interior signage

We’ll be watching and looking to get you more and better answers on the project.

Have a question for BoiseDev? I try to answer as many as I can. You can reach me at don@boisedev.com.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/petite4boise/posts/?ref=page_internal

Don Day
Don is the founder and editor of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

Popular old Vista Ave. cafe reopens in new Boise mall-area location

After starting as a cafe on Vista, converting to a cafeteria at MK Plaza and a catering company out of a call center, Rooster's...

Gobbling local food: Kuna farm sees unprecedented demand for local turkeys

Any latecomers hoping to gobble up a locally raised Thanksgiving Turkey from Vogel Farms are out of luck.  For the first time in 14 years,...

Good Burger on the move: Local burger chain closes store with plans for another

Good Burger, the Boise-based chain of burger and fry shops closed the doors on its Downtown Boise location. Crews started moving out equipment from...

NPR profiles Bar Gernika; Idaho takeout & delivery revenue highest in US

Idaho leads the nation in daily takeout and delivery revenue, according to a new NPR article & podcast. The article sites the National Restaurant...

Popular

‘I have never, ever felt this ill:’ Ahlquist, family contract COVID-19

By Nicole Camarda / Idaho News 6 Crush The Curve co-founder Tommy Ahlquist brought the first public COVID-19 tests to Idaho last spring. Now he...

COVID spreads in Boise homeless shelters: one Boise Rescue Mission guest and staffer dead

Eight months after Idaho announced it’s first case of COVID-19, the pandemic is hitting Boise’s homeless community harder than ever.  In the past two weeks,...

Popular old Vista Ave. cafe reopens in new Boise mall-area location

After starting as a cafe on Vista, converting to a cafeteria at MK Plaza and a catering company out of a call center, Rooster's...

An Idaho challenger to Facebook landed big cash, a million users & a ‘Bachelor’ influencer. Then it disappeared

Pitched as an alternative to Facebook and Twitter, an Eagle-based company's social network looked like it started to gain traction. Then, it disappeared. But not before...

Related

SERVPRO Certified

Latest

COVID spreads in Boise homeless shelters: one Boise Rescue Mission guest and staffer dead

Eight months after Idaho announced it’s first case of COVID-19, the pandemic is hitting Boise’s homeless community harder than ever.  In the past two weeks,...

Boise-based Norco purchased Utah-based automation & welding company

By Idaho Press staff Norco, a large, privately owned welding, safety, medical, and gas supplier, announced in a press release the acquisition of Arc Services...

‘I have never, ever felt this ill:’ Ahlquist, family contract COVID-19

By Nicole Camarda / Idaho News 6 Crush The Curve co-founder Tommy Ahlquist brought the first public COVID-19 tests to Idaho last spring. Now he...

Popular old Vista Ave. cafe reopens in new Boise mall-area location

After starting as a cafe on Vista, converting to a cafeteria at MK Plaza and a catering company out of a call center, Rooster's...

Townhomes proposed to slide into small Bench lot

A project would slide eight townhomes onto a vacant lot on the Boise Bench. David Shurleff of Boise asked the City of Boise for design...

An Idaho challenger to Facebook landed big cash, a million users & a ‘Bachelor’ influencer. Then it disappeared

Pitched as an alternative to Facebook and Twitter, an Eagle-based company's social network looked like it started to gain traction. Then, it disappeared. But not before...