Cazba Mediterranean Restaurant in Downtown Boise will close at the end of January.
Co-owner Max Mohammadi says he has had financial difficulties since having problems with a former employee. Mohammadi was informed the space has been leased to another tenant, he says.
The family-owned restaurant opened on Orchard Street in 1991. In 1997, it moved to 211 N. 8th St., where its become well known, largely because of Mohammadis personality and community spirit. He hired local artists to paint colorful murals on the walls in Cazba and Opa, a now-defunct bar he opened next door in 2003. Mohammadi ran for mayor in 2003 and became known for feeding the homeless on Thanksgiving.
Mohammadi says he will try to get back into the corporate world where he started, or concentrate on some way to help the less fortunate.
Building owner David Baum was not available for comment.