Ben’s Crow Inn, a landmark Boise business, to close in September

The bucket of clams served at Ben’s Crow Inn.
The bucket of clams served at Ben’s Crow Inn.

Ben’s Crow Inn will pour its last pint of beer, serve its last burger and close for good in September, after 70 years in business in East Boise.

“We’ve got lots of wonderful memories here. I’m very sad,” said Connie Hamilton, who has owned the tavern with her husband for decades.

Hamilton said the couple decided to sell the property, which is just off the Greenbelt on Warm Springs Avenue near the Sky Bar intersection. The new owner plans to build single-family homes there.

There will be a neighborhood meeting at the tavern Thursday evening to discuss the construction plans, Hamilton said.

Why the decision to sell?

“We’re both old,” said Hamilton, who retired from teaching two years ago.

But they’re looking forward to one last summer before they retire. The Hamiltons and the staff of the family-run restaurant have been kicking around ideas for farewell celebrations.

One thing is for sure, she said: Fans of the Crow Inn clams “better come now, because there’s only a few months left.”

Audrey Dutton: 208-377-6448, @IDS_Audrey