Words & Deeds

Upscale restaurant closes in Downtown Boise after decades of steaks, cocktails

When Angell’s Bar and Grill reopened in 2013 after being closed for half a year, it added a word to its name: Angell’s Bar and Grill Renato — “renato” loosely translating to “born again.”

The restaurant, opened in 1981, will need another rebirth.

Angell’s closed again this week. The restaurant posted the news on its website Tuesday.

Angell’s original owners, Bob and Mickey Angell, shuttered the restaurant and bar at 999 W. Main St. in January 2013 after they couldn’t find a buyer. Russell and Marika Dawe reopened it that same year as Angell’s Renato, rebooting the longtime steakhouse’s menu with a fresh vision.

In an email Wednesday, Russell Dawe said that Angell’s has endured “endless construction projects to the building,” which caused the restaurant to lose business. More possible construction is coming in the future, he said, including replacing and rebuilding staircases and walkways outside the main entrance to the restaurant.

“The project would last months and would eliminate our entire outdoor patio and courtyard season,” he said.

“The restaurant business in Downtown Boise is very competitive, and we just could not survive these construction projects. We saw no future in trying to stay open with all of these projects on the horizon.

“I bought this restaurant from Bob Angell with the hopes of saving a wonderful iconic restaurant in Downtown Boise which was one of my favorite restaurants from the day they opened in 1981. We have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into the venture and leave with nothing.”

“We may not have been the best restaurant operators in Boise, but we put all of our resources and our hearts into this business as did our staff.”

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