Words & Deeds

Chandlers to close during January, then reopen Feb. 7 with ‘facelift’

Chandlers is one of Boise’s most popular destinations for special occasions.
Chandlers is one of Boise’s most popular destinations for special occasions. Statesman file

With an eye toward the future, local fine-dining icon Chandlers will close Jan. 1 to remodel, expand and give the restaurant a “facelift,” owner Rex Chandler says.

The Downtown Boise steakhouse and seafood eatery is scheduled to reopen Feb. 7.

“It’s really exciting,” Chandler says.

A building permit was issued last week, according to research provided to the Statesman by online remodeling marketplace BuildZoom. It estimates the construction cost at $450,000. In reality, the project probably will cost “about double that,” Chandler says. It will include major kitchen and infrastructure improvements, plus a 164-square-foot lounge expansion into what previously was patio area.

“We have just been doing so well,” Chandler says. “It just seemed like a good time to do it now. We’re reinvesting in our success, is really what we’re doing. I will rebuild the engine room, so to speak, making it more efficient and capable to keep up with some future growth.”

In spring, Chandlers will celebrate 10 years at 981 W. Grove St. at Hotel 43. The restaurant opened in May 2007.

Although the kitchen upgrade is the driving force behind the remodel, patrons will see restaurant decor improvements such as a change to the roofline and removal of skylights. “It was originally built in the late ’70s as a coffee shop,” Chandler says, “and from my viewpoint ... it’s just very dated.”

The lounge expansion won’t add a significant number of seats, he says, but it will make the room feel airier and more open. There also will be new chairs, bar stools and a resurfaced bartop.

Chandlers is a perennial favorite in the Idaho Statesman’s Best of Treasure Valley Readers Poll. This year, Chandlers won the Best Local Fine Dining and Best Local Steakhouse categories.

Recently, the restaurant added new dishes with European influence to its menu.

Michael Deeds: 208-377-6407, @michaeldeeds