Cafe Ole to close in Downtown Boise

doland@idahostatesman.comFebruary 18, 2014 

After 32 years, Cafe Ole Restaurant and Cantina will close its doors in BoDo’s 8th Street Marketplace in Boise at the end of February when its lease expires, says general manager Brandt Casey.

Casey’s father, Jeff, opened their family-owned enterprise in 1981. Two more eventually followed: Cafe Ole at Boise Towne Square opened in 1989 and the one at 3284 E. Pine St. in Meridian opened in 2011.

The latter two are still going strong, Casey says.

He’s sorry to see it go, but the time has come. As the surrounding neighborhood developed, Cafe Ole got lost, Casey says.

“Everything built up around us,” Casey says. “After the parking garage was built and the theaters moved out of the building, we just were not getting the foot traffic we used to.”

The Caseys are inviting their regulars to come down during the last week and say goodbye to the space. If you have your name on a bar plaque for “eating the worm,” you can claim it.

On Feb. 28 they will invite past employees and their families for a gathering.

All gift cards will be honored at the two other locations.

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