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Rudy the rooster’s new nest: Delsa’s on the Boise Bench

Rudy, the iconic 7-foot-tall metal rooster, will find a new home on the roof of Delsa’s Ice Cream on Ustick Ave.
Rudy, the iconic 7-foot-tall metal rooster, will find a new home on the roof of Delsa’s Ice Cream on Ustick Ave. awebb@idahostatesman.com

Once word got out that Jim’s Coffee Shop on Fort Street was closing, more than a few people were concerned about Rudy, the 7-foot-tall rooster that has adorned the cafe’s roof since the 1960s.

When crews removed the giant bird Wednesday, concern escalated to alarm.

“Lots of people were asking me where we were taking Rudy,” said local business owner Nick West. “I just told them we were taking him to a good place.”

West revealed that Rudy will take up a new roost on the roof of his restaurant, Delsa’s Ice Cream Parlour on Ustick Road.

Delsa’s, like Jim’s, is a landmark Boise business.

“I know Boise will feel better knowing Rudy’s going somewhere iconic,” West said.

West has owned Delsa’s since 2009 and is a close friend of Dave Fellows, the owner of Jim’s Coffee Shop. Buying Rudy and giving him a new home is kind of like keeping the fowl in the family, said West.

Will West reveal how much he paid for Rudy? He will not.

“He’s priceless,” said West.

In another nice nod to tradition, Joni Chaffin, who has waited tables at Jim’s for 43 years, will start her new job in a couple weeks serving customers at Delsa’s. Also following in the Jim’s tradition, West plans to start serving breakfast at Delsa’s soon.

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