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This locally owned Boise restaurant will close next week

Zen Bento, which opened its first Boise restaurant Downtown in 1996, describes its cuisine as “a healthy alternative to the fast food routine.”
Zen Bento, which opened its first Boise restaurant Downtown in 1996, describes its cuisine as “a healthy alternative to the fast food routine.” Facebook/Zen Bento

There will be no more “peace in a bowl” at Boise’s Zen Bento on State Street — not after next week.

The Japanese restaurant at 3912 W. State St. plans to close after Jan. 26 to make way for Ada County Highway District’s State Street/Veterans Memorial Parkway/36th Street intersection expansion. The building is slated to be demolished.

Zen Bento, which also has restaurants at 1000 W. Main St. in Boise and 342 E. State St. in Eagle, posted on Facebook that it will move the ill-fated location, which opened in 2015. “We will keep you updated on our Facebook page for our relocation coming in February!”

The first Zen Bento opened in 1996. The local chain specializes in fast-casual, rice bento bowls filled with meats and veggies, and health-oriented salads.

Online: zenbento.com.

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