Developer hopes to convert Joe’s Crab Shack to Ling & Louie’s


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The Joe’s Crab Shack on the Boise River Greenbelt in Garden City could get a new look — and a new use.

Cushing Terrel Architects applied with the City of Garden City to revamp the restaurant site for Ling & Louie’s, a small Arizona-based chain of Asian-style restaurants, which currently has a location along Eagle Rd. in Meridian.

A rendering shows a possible bridge over the Settlers Canal to connect the Crab Shack to the nearby Riverside Hotel, but the application does not include the bridge.

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Boise developer David Wali, who controls the ground lease on the property, declined to comment.

The application shows a revamp to the triangular-shaped building, with new exterior finishes and an updated configuration inside. Plans submitted show upgraded screening for trash facilities, new paint, and finishes. The existing patio along the greenbelt overlooking the river would remain.

The 6,943 square foot building dates to 1977. It long served as a Boise outpost for fine dining seafood chain The Chart House. In 2003, Landry’s Restaurants closed The Chart House and revamped the building for Joe’s Crab Shack, which it also owns.

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The project will need design review approval from the City of Garden City. A hearing date has not yet been set.

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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