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New restaurant hopes to take over closed down gas station site on Vista Ave.


An old Texaco gas station near Interstate 84 across from the Boise Airport could see new life.

The former Gem Stop location closed in 2019. Crews came in and removed the fuel islands and canopy in early 2020.

Now, Del Taco filed for design review and a conditional use permit with the City of Boise to revamp the site for the fast-casual Mexican food chain. Permits indicate Del Taco would renovate the existing convenience store building, which dates to 1969 according to property records.

The site is owned by Meridian-based Jacksons Food Stores, according to records. The gas and convenience store company operates an existing station right across the street from the site. Jacksons acquired several Gem Stop locations from A H Schade Inc. Many locations were converted to ExtraMile by Jacksons branding.

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Del Taco offers Mexican-inspired fast food dishes, including tacos, “Crunchtadas,” and breakfast burritos. It operates several restaurant locations in the Treasure Valley.

The Del Taco project would need sign off on design review and the conditional use permit from the City of Boise.

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Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
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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