Unless your morning drive takes you down State Street in Boise, you might not be familiar with River City Coffee and Cafe.
But for regular customers, the breakfasts and coffee drinks were something special. “I’ll miss those pastries!” a commenter lamented on River City’s Facebook page.
After operating for more than a decade at 5517 W. State St., River City unexpectedly announced it was shuttering July 15 — “with heavy heart.”
No reason was given for the closure. “We want to express our sincerest gratitude to our loyal customers and employees who have supported us in the past decade plus! Thank you for everything!!” River City posted.
When contacted by email, River City Coffee general manager Nick Stinemates said the State Street location was closed “mainly due to increased competition and a struggle to find qualified labor.”
River City used beans roasted by Doma from northern Idaho and Idaho Roasting from Meridian. It also served fresh pastries, baked goods and other breakfast and lunch choices.
The State Street location of River City, which is next to George’s Cycles, was a Big City Coffee until it changed ownership in 2006.
River City Coffee and Cafe still operates at the Boise Airport, and “we will continue to devote our time at the airport location to ensure its success,” Stinemates said.