2022 brought a lot of changes to Eastgate Shopping Center in Southeast Boise! At the weekend they introduced the neighborhood to a new restaurant concept.
Two beloved Boise businesses have left the Eastgate Shopping Center this year. The news that most surprised the neighborhood came from a Facebook post from Eastside Tavern. The popular dive bar was told that the mall was being “re-branded” and that the lease would not be renewed. The old location closed in late April, but the decision didn’t stop the Eastside Tavern.
The opportunity for Eastside management to take over the old Cricket’s Tavern location on Oakland Avenue presented itself. The staff spent most of the summer remodeling the bar to make Eastsiders feel like they were at home. The new location will be officially open seven days a week on September 1. As for their old location? Eastside’s former Boise Ave location is being converted into the Treasure Valley’s third “Play It Again Sports” location.
Naturally, people wondered what that meant for other businesses in the mall by the news that the mall was telling certain tenants to leave. A second business at the mall announced they would be closing in June, but it didn’t seem to be related to the re-branding. Thai Basil closed its three-year-old Boise branch, which had been open for takeout only for some time, due to staff shortages. Their original location in Meridian is still open.
Thai food was clearly a hit in the mall as the shop window didn’t stay empty for long! Thai Bistro, a new restaurant, tested the waters with Southeast Boise during its September 1 soft opening. They officially opened their doors for business on Saturday, September 9. According to their website:
“Thai Bistro was founded by a team of like-minded foodies; a group of friends who have always enjoyed eating, drinking and making amazing food together. Our hobby soon led us to open this restaurant, a place where people can meet to enjoy our special dishes and comfortable atmosphere.”
Early reviews show they’ve already made a splash in the neighborhood. A local business owner in the area enthused, “Absolutely the best in Thai cuisine in Boise! Fresh ingredients come through in their Pad Thai, Chicken Larb, Basil Chicken, Fresh Rolls (with shrimp), sticky rice, Tom Yum and Tom Ka Gai…..I loved this week! Welcome to SE Boise!” Others praised the incredible and fantastic service they were treated with during their visits.
Thai Bistro isn’t the only new Thai restaurant in this part of Boise. Nahm Thai and Burmese took over the vacated location “Pat’s Thai Kitchen” in Ram Plaza in March.
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