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Country act Rascal Flatts to open Downtown Boise restaurant? Hold your horses, cowboy

Rascal Flatts has scored plenty of country hits, but the group is known to pop fans for a remake of Tom Cochrane’s “Life is a Highway.” The song was featured in the movie “Cars” in 2006.
Rascal Flatts has scored plenty of country hits, but the group is known to pop fans for a remake of Tom Cochrane’s “Life is a Highway.” The song was featured in the movie “Cars” in 2006. Invision/AP

Life is a highway, according to Rascal Flatts. But apparently, it doesn’t lead to Boise.

Despite a paper trail indicating interest several months ago, a Rascal Flatts restaurant will not open in Downtown Boise.

The space at 151 S. Capitol Blvd. in City Center Plaza is being explored by a different tenant. The Rascal Flatts deal evaporated a while ago. Since the media have a regrettable habit of not following up on stories, consider this a better-late-than-never update.

In other words, no $25 chicken and waffle plates for you, Boise! With a menu of Southern cuisine, the first Rascal Flatts restaurant opened last year in Stamford, Connecticut. Soon afterward, Las Vegas-based R.F. Restaurants began filing building applications for Rascal Flatts restaurants in other cities. And why not? Nothing says high-quality dining like a restaurant named after a band, right?

You know what “What Hurts the Most”? This isn’t the first time we’ve been snubbed by a country-star restaurant. Remember when Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill was supposed to open at The Village at Meridian? That plan wound up like a dead cow in the pasture.

Bring on Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville chain. Enough happy hour specials at that place, and we’ll forget all about Rascal Flatts.

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