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This Caldwell restaurant just closed after 15 years. What will go in its place?

Golden Dragon in Caldwell focused on Chinese cuisine but offered a variety of other options. Like that pizza on the left.
Golden Dragon in Caldwell focused on Chinese cuisine but offered a variety of other options. Like that pizza on the left. Golden Dragon/Facebook

If you’re a fan of all-you-can-eat Chinese food, your options just got slimmer in Canyon County.

Golden Dragon closed earlier this month at 211 S. 21st Ave. in Caldwell.

The buffet-style destination opened in 2003, according to its Facebook page, and had banquet facilities for up to 120 customers.

It wasn’t the only Asian option in town. Other choices include Golden Palace, Canton Cafe and Panda Express. But in a city the size of Caldwell, losing any restaurant changes the dining scene. If you’re a fan of the “feed your face for one price” model, this one hurts.

The property was purchased by a Treasure Valley developer, says Andrea Nilson, senior director at Cushman & Wakefield/Pacific Commercial Realty Advisers.

The future of the site is still up in the air.

“We don’t even know yet what it’s going to be,” Nilson says. “We just know that it’s not going to be Golden Dragon anymore. We don’t have any leases signed with any tenants. We don’t even have a concept site plan yet. We have no idea what we’re going to put there. There is no current plan for the site, other than tearing down the building.”

Over in Boise, the restaurant scene is enduring its own share of closures this week. On Friday, Marie Callender’s is shuttering. Bleubird will make its final sandwich. And Zen Bento will say goodbye on State Street. (Zen Bento will reopen next month in a new location.)

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