MICHAEL DEEDS Statesman of Idaho
Even if you remember inhaling pasta at the Old Spaghetti Factory, it’s easy to forget how great this restaurant was.
Prepare to be called back, Boise.
When the 10,500 square foot space reopens as Western Proper, its impact on downtown Boise could be just as significant. An offshoot of the Garden City Western Collective Brewery, Western Proper plans to open in late May – by Memorial Day weekend – at 610 W. Main St.
It’s not a brewery launching a second taproom.
Open daily at 7 a.m., the multi-faceted destination will be a craft cafe and breakfast. A Wi-Fi and laptop space. A restaurant for lunch and dinner with “upscale western cuisine”. A bar full of alcohol. A 400 capacity concert hall with a legitimate stage. And a game center with four miniature bowling alleys, Skee-Ball, sports on TV and more.
Looking for a location to expand, Western Collective owner Cary Prewitt was struck by the building’s potential, he says. It had been empty since the national chain Old Spaghetti Factory closed its restaurant in 2013.
“I thought to myself, ‘This must be the last big space available downtown for the foreseeable future.’ There’s nothing else out there close to 10,000 square feet that has that kind of feel.
A transplant from Texas who moved to Boise in 2018 after living in Austin for 12 years, Prewitt was inspired by the bustling bar, restaurant and music scene of his former hometown.