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So long, Confucius: Closed Chinese restaurant to be torn down

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Last spring, we told you about the closure of the Confucius restaurant on Fairview Ave.

After 30 years in business, the Wong family closed up shop.

Now, crews will tear the building down, according to a permit. Bulldozers will move in and demolish the 4,708 restaurant.

Last year, Bradley B, LLC purchased the restaurant property according to Ada County Assesor records. That company, controlled by Dennis Dillon Automotive president Brad Dillon, also owns the property next door, the site of Dennis Dillon Nissan. The former restaurant sat wedge between the Nissan dealership and Lithia Ford next door prior to closing.

The restaurant first opened in 1989 on Fairview Ave. near Maple Grove, right next to Fair Vu 1-2-3 Cinema and around the corner from the Fair Vu Drive-In. Both theaters closed in 1994. Demolition crews tore the buildings down in 1997 to make way for a planned new Smith’s grocery store. Crews halted work on the grocery store project when Fred Meyer Co. bought the Smith’s Chain.

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After several years vacant, the half-built Smith’s building got a makeover to house operations of Bob Rice Ford – later Lithia Ford of Boise.

The character of that stretch of Fairview has changed extensively over the last 30 years, with dozens of auto dealerships lining both sides of the street – including national franchise and local used car dealerships.

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