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Barbacoa’s owner plans new restaurant in Downtown Boise

Barbacoa owner Martine Castoro and her family will branch out to downtown.

Coa de Jima is planned in the former space occupied by El Gallo Giro on Main St. across from Boise City Hall. The Mexican restaurant closed last month.

In its place, an extensive remodel is slated according to permits. The restaurant space would see a reconfiguration with seating for about 100. Most of the existing finishes will be removed and replaced, with banquette and table seating throughout the restaurant. A new bar will replace the existing bar in the restaurant. Some of the existing finishes are leftover from the former Flatbread Community Oven which occupied the building before El Gallo Giro.

“I am opening the restsurant with my son, Nikolai Castoro, who has Been running Barbacoa for the past 4 years,” Castoro told BoiseDev.

El Gallo Giro closed last month. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

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Changes to the outside of the building include new windows, a new entry that’s accessible to those with disabilities, as well as a raised patio area with additional seating. The exterior changes will need approval from the City of Boise at a meeting set for January 25th.

A coa de jima is a tool used to harvest agaves – the key ingredient in tequila. The “coa” part of the term also harkens to the high-end Barbacoa restaurant on ParkCenter Blvd. in Boise. Castoro and ex-husband Robert Castoro opened the restaurant in 2005. Robert died last year.

The Castoros first purchased the 615 Main building in 2006 according to property records. It is home to Martine Castoro’s Art of Martine studio on the second floor. Built as a masonic temple in 1896 in a Romanesque Revival style, it is one of downtown’s oldest structures.

Don Day - BoiseDev editor
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at [email protected].

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