‘The Goose’ is cooked (for now): Long-running bar and restaurant to close with new owners to come


The Dutch Goose, the long-running State St. bar and restaurant will close up this week – at least for now.

“It’s been a great ride BOISE,” managers wrote on Facebook. “Come down for one more burger Tuesday tomorrow then happy hour drinks beers maybe buy a hat or a shirt. We have fingersteaks going! I also wanted to say thank you to BOISE for being soooo generous to all the staff this holiday season. Cheers thanks you all!”

When asked if the post meant the Goose was closing – managers they would wrap things up Wednesday “until further notice.”

Update: After we posted our story, the Goose edited its post to note the new owners would take over on April 1, but its unclear if the concept or name will remain.

The Dutch Goose serves up nachos, fries, salads and famous local delicacy finger steaks – as well as lots of cold adult beverages.

The business was listed for sale for a bit more than $1 million, which includes the land and building at 3515 W. State Street.

Like several other businesses we’ve told you about over the years (Hungry Onion, Ranch Club), The Dutch Goose featured in the 1979 Clint Eastwood film Bronco Billy. The bar, at the time known as the Big Pine Lounge, hosts several scenes from the film. The Goose held a screening of the film in 1979.

The Dutch Goose is the latest in a string of local restaurants to close.

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