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You Asked: The Roosevelt Market closed again. Will it reopen?

Boise’s Roosevelt Market in the East End has welcomed customers for more than 100 years – but over the last few years, things have been bumpy.

The market is currently closed and has been since August, prompting several questions from BoiseDev readers in recent months.

In 2018, we first reported the building’s sale to Jill Simplot and Pam Lemley. The operators of the market at the time, Susan Wilder and Nicolee Monroe, shut down the business. Simplot and Lemley then launched a remodeling effort that tore most of the building down and replaced it.

The local restaurant team behind Petite 4 announced they would operate the new market but then changed course.

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Finally, after the rebuild and more than two years closed, the new Roosevelt Market opened this spring.

Closed, quickly

Signs on the door of the Roosevelt Market. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

But by August, it had closed again. First, a sign popped up on the window: “We are sorry but we are closed for the weekend… we will resume normal business hours next Tuesday. We love you all!”

Then, that sign was covered by another: “The Roosevelt closed for a small makeover over the next couple of weeks will (sic)let you know the opening date soon.”

Finally, the signs disappeared altogether. And for the last three months, the market and cafe remain closed.

We reached out to co-owner Tyler Cook and Lemley, and neither replied. On October 5th, someone posted on the Market’s Facebook page “announcements coming soon,” but now, a month later, there’s no announcement just yet on what is next.

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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 don@boisedev.com.

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