Words & Deeds

Downtown Boise restaurant, brewery to close

Diners sit down for dinner at Grind Modern in this 2014 file photo.
Diners sit down for dinner at Grind Modern in this 2014 file photo. Statesman file

Gastropub Grind Modern Burger and its in-house brewery, PostModern Brewers, will close this weekend.

The last day for the upscale burger and craft-brew destination will be Sunday, Feb. 28.

The eatery is shuttering because of a lack of business, according to Grind president Ryan Hembree.

Hembree says he isn’t sure why the business struggled. Some diners have told him the location at 705 W. Fulton St. was a couple of blocks too far out of the Downtown core, he says.

Ryan notes that many online reviews were positive, but that less-stellar ratings could be extremely negative.

“We’re either five-star or one-star,” he says. “The one-star people, I don’t know if they got it — or understood the ... high-end burger concept. But we had a lot of fans who really enjoyed it. Just not enough to keep the doors open, unfortunately.”

Hembree says the brewery side of the business was too large and costly to operate exclusively for in-house brewing, but not set up for cost-effective off-site distribution.

“If somebody could go in there with more capital and make some infrastructure changes to the building, I think they could be successful at it,” Hembree says. “Our ability to run it as it was — it was too much of an added expense on top of the restaurant.”

Boise diners shouldn’t expect the spot to stay vacant long. The space, formerly the home of TableRock Brewpub & Grill, has a rich history Downtown. Until it closed in 2014, TableRock was dubbed “Boise’s oldest brewpub.”

“I’ve had probably three or four calls already with inquiries,” says building owner Chris Nelson, who also owns the building’s brewing equipment. “I’m definitely going to re-lease it out. It would seem that with the activity in Boise ... the history down there, that it would be appropriate to have another brewpub, or somebody that’s brewing, go in there. The equipment’s old, but it’s in really good shape.”

Grind relocated to Boise in 2014 after launching its upscale burger concept next to now-defunct Brewforia bottle shop in Eagle. Focusing on gourmet hamburgers with higher-than-average burger prices, it was named one of “15 Burger Concepts to Watch in ’15” by BurgerBusiness.com, a trade-industry website.

At one point, owners even spoke of expanding Grind to other states.

Boiseans clamoring for a highfalutin hamburger won’t have to wait long for another option Downtown. Last week, the Statesman reported that California-based chain Eureka! will open in The Mode building — complete with a $16.50 Bone Marrow Burger.