Words & Deeds

Cheerleaders in Boise closes; Tailgate sports bar opens Saturday


“Can I get an N! Can I get an O! NO MORE CHEERLEADERS!!”

That was the the chant on the Facebook page of Cheerleaders Bar and Grill last weekend. After a three-year run, the pub near Boise State has closed.

Oops, wait. After further review, the ruling on the field is reversed. Sort of. The 8,000-square-foot space reopens at 4 p.m. Saturday, but now is called The Tailgate, 815 W. Ann Morrison Park Drive .

After purchasing Cheerleaders in April, new owner Ted Challenger decided it was time for a change.

Cheerleaders maybe tried a little hard to be THE place to be. (That blue-and-orange exterior paint scheme?)

So after a post-fireworks “We’re killing Cheerleaders” party July 4, the space closed for a quick transformation into The Tailgate.

At Saturday’s grand opening, the UFC 200 fight will be shown on the 20-plus TVs — with no cover charge.

Patrons will find a revamped menu, new drinks and an atmosphere that’s more inviting to women, Challenger says. This makes sense with female sports — and interest in sports — growing.

The Tailgate will offer some healthier menu choices, a better wine list, a redone patio — oh, and a DJ booth for light dancing some nights, Challenger says.

He also plans to launch a free, 35-passenger shuttle in mid-August that will transport patrons to and from his other bars in Downtown Boise: Amsterdam Lounge, 609 W. Main St., and China Blue/Dirty Little Roddy’s, 100 S. 6th St.

“There’s 3,000 college kids living around me who live on budgets,” he explains. “I thought it was cool to give them this.”

The Tailgate will open at 4 p.m. Saturday. After that, hours will be 11 a.m. to close seven days a week.