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‘No longer safe:’ North end restaurant will close, convert to wine shop

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In 2017, BoiseDev first told you about the new Camel’s Crossing restaurant slated for Hyde Park. The eatery replaced an antique shop, and brought dishes like carrot steak, brioche crusted salmon and Thai Brussels sprouts to the North End hub.

Now, Camel’s Crossing will close.

“While the restaurant would have remained financially viable, we no longer felt that it was safe to risk the health of our employees or guests as infections rise exponentially,” owner Caitlin McCoy wrote in an email to customers. “We considered another temporary closure, but the effort and stress of closing and reopening is not sustainable. And frankly, the immediate future of restaurants in general remains precarious.”

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In September, after a bit of a remodel, Caitlin and her husband Scott will reopen the space as the Hyde Park Wine Shop. The shop will offer a large selection of wine, with bottles from Idaho, the northwest, and beyond according to the email.

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“Beyond the retail aspect, Scott will work with distributors and producers to host tasting and education events (as space and health guidelines allow),” Caitlin wrote. “While dine-in service is currently uncertain, food will be available at Hyde Park Wine Shop in the future. We are keeping the bar seating and back dining room intact in anticipation of such a time that we are able to introduce the type of menu you’ve come to expect from our team.”

The remodel will include a large wine rack, with space for more than 3,700 bottles.

“Scott and I are proud of the business we built with Camel’s Crossing and proud to be a part of the business community within Boise and Hyde Park,” Caitlin wrote. “We remain committed to this neighborhood and think that Hyde Park Wine Shop will be an excellent addition.”

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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.

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