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Restaurant near Boise airport closes after nearly 50 years

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A long-time Boise restaurant served its final meals this past weekend.

Kopper Kitchen, near the Boise Airport, is now permanently closed.

The restaurant first opened in 1974 and the current owners took over in 2019. Shortly after, the pandemic hit, which was the beginning of the end, according to a Facebook post from ownership.

“Our sales decreased by 80 percent almost overnight. We took federal aid in the form of PPP loans and that kept us afloat,” the post reads.

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The post says staffing challenges immediately followed.

“If you didn’t own a restaurant during this time, you cannot imagine how hard it was to find staff. It was a real crisis, at least for us.”

In addition to the pandemic and a shortage of workers, owners say the skyrocketing cost of goods and labor was the final nail in the coffin. Kopper Kitchen shut down operations Sunday, May 29 then opened one final time this past Sunday to liquidate its remaining alcohol. The restaurant is currently selling its furniture and kitchen equipment online.

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According to Kopper Kitchen’s website, some employees have worked at the restaurant since the 1980s. Owners thanked staff and customers for the decades of support.

“Thanks for all the amazing years we have been blessed to serve you, Boise!”

Gretchen Parsons - BoiseDev Managing Editor
Gretchen Parsons - BoiseDev Managing Editor
Gretchen Parsons is BoiseDev's managing editor. Contact her at [email protected].

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