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After 30 years, this ‘beloved’ Boise restaurant has closed

Confucius Restaurant, which offered family-style dining in Boise, has closed.
Confucius Restaurant, which offered family-style dining in Boise, has closed. mdeeds@idahostatesman.com

A longtime Boise restaurant serving Chinese and American food has closed.

Confucius Restaurant, 8775 W. Fairview Ave., has shuttered so that its owners can retire, according to a note posted on the door.

With the motto “Service is our business” on the menu, Confucius targeted couples and families, takeout and delivery customers. Not into fried rice, egg rolls, kung pao or other Asian food? You could always grab good ol’ Idaho finger steaks, a BLT or chicken fingers for the kids.

The typed message on the door was authored, with best wishes, by “your Confucius restaurant family”:

“Thank you Treasure Valley and surrounding areas for your business and support over the last 30 years! It has been a true pleasure serving this great community. We are retiring and have decided to close our beloved restaurant. We would like to extend a sincere thank you to each and every one of you that have supported us throughout the years. To our regular customers whom we were not able to see before our closure: We are deeply saddened that we were not able to provide this news in person. Please know that you will be missed dearly and your support was greatly appreciated. We have shared many laughs and stories inside this restaurant. You have all been a tremendous part of our lives for many, many years and have contributed to countless memories that will live on forever. From our Confucius Restaurant family to all of your families, we thank you again for many years of support.”

Online: confuciusdining.com.

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Michael Deeds covers entertainment for the Idaho Statesman, where he chronicles the Boise good life through news articles and opinion columns. Deeds first invaded the Statesman as an intern in 1991. Since then, he’s also freelanced for publications ranging from The Washington Post and Relix to the airlines magazine in the seatback in front of you.