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Future unclear for Boise restaurant Dutch Oven Cafe

Tom Sweeney’s Dutch Oven Cafe on Orchard Street.
Tom Sweeney’s Dutch Oven Cafe on Orchard Street. adutton@idahostatesman.com

Tom Sweeney’s Dutch Oven Cafe on North Orchard Street, a fixture in Boise for more than 60 years, closed June 1.

Owner Bill “Doc” Carter said the restaurant closed because of the death of his brother, Mike Carter, a co-owner.

Bill Carter, 74, has not yet decided whether to reopen. A dentist, Carter said it would be difficult to find time to run the restaurant.

“I was hoping that somebody, at some point in time, would want to come in and run it,” he said. “It really was a staple of the community.”

The Dutch Oven Cafe first opened in the early 1950s. Tom Sweeney gained a loyal following for his restaurant over several decades, serving a minimalist menu of hearty breakfasts and burgers.

Sweeney died in 2011 at age 89. Carter was a longtime friend of Sweeney and took over the restaurant.

The eatery moved into its current home at 1621 N. Orchard St. in 2012, from a small building several blocks south.

Audrey Dutton: 208-377-6448, @IDS_Audrey

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