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After 2 years, this Boise restaurant and bar is closing. But something new is planned

One of the specials at The Tailgate Taphouse is $1 street tacos on Tuesdays.
One of the specials at The Tailgate Taphouse is $1 street tacos on Tuesdays. The Tailgate Taphouse

The party is over at The Tailgate.

Two years after opening, the sports bar near Boise State University will throw in the towel. The Tailgate, 815 W. Ann Morrison Park Drive, will close at the end of the day June 30.

The closure was announced on Facebook in a post revealing that the business had been sold.

Contacted by phone, owner Ted Challenger said running the restaurant was having an unhealthy impact on him. He's more comfortable running bars.

"I just want to enjoy life and not be surrounded by tater tots when I'm stressed," he said with a laugh.

Challenger owns Downtown Boise nightclubs Amsterdam Lounge, 609 W. Main St., and China Blue/Dirty Little Roddy’s, 100 S. 6th St.

The Tailgate opened in July 2016. Challenger purchased its predecessor, a sports bar called Cheerleaders, earlier that spring. Challenger revamped the menu, put a bigger emphasis on craft beer, and attempted to make the sports bar more inviting to women.

Plans are for The Tailgate to be turned into another restaurant and bar in the near future. The new owner isn't ready to share the details of the business model, Challenger said, but he thinks it will succeed in part because of the building's proximity to Boise State and the increasingly vibrant Lusk District.

"That's a golden location," Challenger said.

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