Boiseans will have to look elsewhere soon if they’re craving that classic grilled cheese on sourdough or a PB&J sandwich with Fritos on the side: Donnie Mac's Trailer Park Cuisine is closing next week.
The restaurant at 1515 W. Grove St. will serve up its “high and low falutin’” food for the last time Wednesday.
An upscale deli with a retail component — called a'Tavola — is being opened in the spot by well-known local foodie Lisa Peterson (Boise Co-op deli, Shakespeare Cafe at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Lisa Peterson Catering) and her husband Peter. The target opening date is mid-December. Check out Food Notes in next Friday's Scene for additional details.
Donnie Mac’s opened in 2005 and quickly became popular for its tongue-in-cheek style and unique décor, including a booth set in a replica of a ’41 Chevy.
“It is with great sadness that we have decided to close the doors,” owner Jim Finch said. "Donnie Mac’s certainly was one of a kind. … In recent years, it has become increasingly challenging to manage from my home in Colorado. The restaurant business changes every day, and it currently requires more time and attention than I can give it.”
In addition to serving food, Donnie Mac’s hosted popular live entertainment events, including the “Donnie Mac’s Got Talent” series. Guy Fieri of Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins” and Dives” visited in 2009, giving the eatery national TV exposure.