Owners Don and Kathy French opened the Pantry Restaurant in 1972 at the corner of Shoreline Drive and Americana Boulevard. They ran it as a hands-on family business while raising three daughters and riding the ups and downs of the economy.
But the restaurant will close on Saturday, July 2, after more 40 years of serving its loyal customers.
The restaurant became a touchstone for at least two generations of Boiseans who met for breakfast and lunch. The Frenches also ran a brisk catering business. Just a stone’s throw from the Greenbelt, the Pantry was a popular spot with cyclists. The restaurant became legendary for its burgers, prime rib, meatloaf and house-made onion rings.
“It’s the end of an era,” said Pug Ostling, who counts himself as a regular and friends of the Frenches. “You see the groups of people who’ve been going there for so long sitting in their regular spots each day. There’s no other place like it.”
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Ostling owned the former Grape Escape wine bar in Downtown Boise and the old Noodles restaurant that was first in Downtown Boise and later Nampa.
Don and Kathy French were not available for comment on Friday on why they were closing the Pantry.
The Pantry will be open until July 2, serving breakfast and lunch from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily, plus a special Father’s Day Brunch that will include a prime rib breakfast ($15.95), Italian omelet ($9.95), seafood crepes ($11.95) and other specialties.
The Pantry is at 1545 Shoreline Drive in Boise (208-344-5486).