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When will Knitting Factory in Boise reopen? Not anytime soon

After fire damaged the Knitting Factory in Downtown Boise in September, music fans immediately began asking when the concert venue would reopen.

Two months later, we know this much: Not nearly as soon as we thought.

Although about 60 percent of the interior was damaged, management had hoped to be back in action by late fall. Nope. At this point, it’s looking like weeks, or even months, into 2019. How do we surmise that? Because concerts scheduled next year at the 999-capacity venue are being relocated. On Nov. 7, the Knit emailed a press release announcing that a Feb. 10, 2019, show by indie-rock band Hippo Campus was being moved from the Knit to the Egyptian Theatre “due to the recent fire.”

Wow. February?

“We are so grateful for all the support we have received from the community,” the email said. “Please reach out with any questions.”

Here’s one: Will the Knit be back by the time Treefort Music Fest rolls around in March?

I’ve tried to get an update. When I wrote about the aftermath in September, I was told to expect more information in a week or two. Didn’t happen. After making further inquiries, I was told Nov. 6 that a statement would be prepared for the next day, then that a statement might take as long as the end of the week.

The following week? Still crickets.

Obviously, for the foreseeable future, concert fans should prepare to keep seeing Knit shows at alternate venues such as the Egyptian Theatre and Revolution Center. Or you can see small performances in the upstairs room at the Knit, known as 9th St. Parallel, which reopened in October.

Knitting Factory is the tenant at 416 S. 9th St., not the building owner. Restoring and remodeling is not a straightforward task. With lawyers and claims adjusters involved, undoubtedly it is challenging.

Still, like, what up, right?

If I receive the prepared statement — apparently, the situation is so complicated that an old-fashioned interview won’t suffice — I’ll update you with any enlightening information, Boise.

I’m as curious as anyone about what’s going on.

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