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This Boise drive-in, popular among classic-car fans, closes suddenly

Burger Time, at 1273 S. Orchard Street, closed Saturday without notice after six years in business. Owner Rennie Cloninger declined to say why.
Burger Time, at 1273 S. Orchard Street, closed Saturday without notice after six years in business. Owner Rennie Cloninger declined to say why. jsowell@idahostatesman.com

Once there was the Beehive. Then the Chow Now. Then Patty’s Burger Time.

And finally the name-shortened Burger Time, the most recent of those drive-ins at 1273 S. Orchard St. Now it is gone too. It closed Saturday without notice.

Owner Rennie Clonninger, who opened the restaurant in 2012, declined to say why, except for this: “We just want to move on.”

“That’s too bad,” customer Linda Staggs-Gunder wrote in a Facebook post. “I enjoyed the Summer Saturday night car shows, with the oldies bands, and a good burger. I hope another oldie drive-in takes over.”

Boise resident Kristy Biggs-Wilson was saddened too.

“The Big Block is the best burger ever,” Biggs-Wilson wrote in the same post. The burger came loaded with ham, bacon, cheese, condiments and a white sauce.

The drive-in was known as a hot-rod hangout. During the summer, bands would play and owners of classic cars would display their vehicles.

“I will miss the music in the summer on weekends from my house close to Kootenai and Roosevelt,” Boise resident Kevin Best wrote. “They had great cheeseburgers.”

The property is owned by Rudolph Investments. Diana Nicholson, the president, declined comment on future plans.

The closure came one week before Marie Callender’s is scheduled to close on Friday, Jan. 25. The Fairview Avenue restaurant, known for its pies, has operated in Boise since 1982.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @JohnWSowell

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