Angell's Bar and Grill in Boise to close

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A Boise fine-dining institution plans to say goodbye at the end of January: Angell’s Bar and Grill will close.

One of the city’s longest-operating restaurants, Angell’s, located at One Capital Center, 999 W. Main St., had struggled in recent years as the economy slowed and competition heated up Downtown. Two years after Chandlers Steakhouse opened a block away in 2007, Bob Angell, who started Angell’s with his wife Mickey in the early 1980s, bought back his controlling interest. He infused hundreds of thousands of dollars as Angell’s reinvented itself with a new look and feel.

Angell's was put up for sale in October 2012.

Here’s the statement faxed to the Idaho Statesman by ex-owner and current general manager Curt Knipe:

“All good things must come to an end one day. In that light, we have decided to lower the curtain on Angell’s Bar & Grill for the last time on Jan. 31, 2013. There simply are not enough words to thank the community for its continued support and loyalty over these past 32 years. Although the decision was difficult, Father Time marches onward more quickly than some of us would like. Thus, we convey our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you for being part of a truly great adventure. We do hope you will come and enjoy our wonderful restaurant between now and the end of January.”

Read Saturday’s Idaho Statesman for more on the closure.

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Where is the dis-like or hate button? Angell's is a long time customer of Initial Response Embroidery. I am sorry to see them close for so many reasons.

Good luck to all the servers, many which have been with Angell's for 20+ years.

Hate to hear this.

When we lived in Boise, we would always go there for our anniversary dinner (which was 19 times until we moved), and many other special occasions. Never had a bad experience there...Sunny...

Thanks for the memories.

Sorry to see another great establishment go. Best wishes.

Dark day in Boise

I am about in tears. This really upsets me. Angell’s was an institution and one of those places that made Boise special. The best patio in town bar none. Great food, great atmosphere and wonderful management and employees. I have so many great memories of my duo Tauge and Faulkner playing on the patio during the summer and our annual New Year’s Eve and St Patrick’s Day shows. Shame on everyone who turned their backs on Angell’s in favor of the snobbish, overpriced glitz of Chandler’s.

Thanks for the memories, Angell’s. You will be sorely missed.

Boise is a little less special now.

Not Chandler's fault

Jeff, It's not Chandler's fault, nor is it the customers who chose Chandler's over Angell's fault. For whatever reason the owners and managment of Angell's didn't read the market correctly and didn't provide what customers were looking for. If there's any "shame" to be had it's on them, but it sounds more like a personal business decision, not really a "shame" or "honor" thing.

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spydeyman:
Since you don't have any idea as to why the restaurant is closing your rude "shame on them" and "didn't read the market correctly or provide what customers were looking for" comments illustrate how little you actually do know about the restaurant business and more importantly us or our amazing management and staff.

Mickey Angell

Did you read my whole comment?

My response was to Jeff who was scolding patrons for choosing another restaurant over Angell's. The point I was making was that the decision to close was a personal business one (as I wrote) and that there was no shame nor honor in that decision. (That's why I put quotation marks around "shame" to show that I was quoting Jeff.) Do you feel that it's the customers' fault that you are closing? Do you feel you read the market correctly? If so, why are you closing?

A personal and very

A personal and very difficult decision - I will leave it at that.

I'm sure it was.

I wish you and Bob and your staff well.

Easy now spydey

Now you’re being borderline mean/rude.
Fact of the matter is Angell’s is a place that is unique and makes Boise unique. It has character. It served great food at reasonable prices. Chandler’s is a wannabe Morton’s or Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Disheartening to see so many fair weather diners choose style over substance. Never understood the allure of the “see and be seen” places. But, to each his own. This truly is a great loss.

Rude?

I'm rude when I try to clarify my point? But you're not rude when you call patrons of other restaurants "fair weather diners" apparently duped and fooled by style? And then calling another business a "wannabe" and "snobbish"? But I'm mean and rude? So if I choose to listen to Ned Evett over Tauge and Faulkner do I have crappy taste or just different taste than others?

Do you need a ladder to get off your high horse?

C'mon kids, you've had too many cheeseburgers, honestly.

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Apple users, run the Gig of RAM your PC needs to have and read the dumb tech white papers, wrinkle your forehead and buy more food and toilet paper with the difference. The internet is a piece of junk anyway and your cats know this.

Great restaurant.

I suppose those hundreds of thousands of dollars in remodeling didnt exactly make it a busier place or easier to make the note payment? It is/was certainly better than Chandlers.

Sad

This is so sad.

I heard a rumor...

...that Applebee's is taking over the space and will open this summer.

oh please no...

oh please no...

Angell's Bar & Grill

the Applebee's rumor is not true.....

Who is the oldest now

So who is the oldest place now that Angells and the Brick Oven closed downtown.
The Piper Pub & Grill?

Pretty sure it's a burger or pizza place and not who you think.

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Apple users, run the Gig of RAM your PC needs to have and read the dumb tech white papers, wrinkle your forehead and buy more food and toilet paper with the difference. The internet is a piece of junk anyway and your cats know this.

Always Enjoyed Angell's

The only downside was having to wait quite a while, upon occasion, for a table.

So Sad.

I haven't been there in awhile, but it was one of Hubby's and my favorite places to go when we had a free evening. Yeah sure,,, the recession is over. It's a sure sign of economic recovery to have good, well-established businesses close.

This stinks

I hate reading about things like this, Angell's has always been a class act and the staff has been equal to that! I will add this to the list of places that will forever be missed by those of us who grew up with them. So sorry to see you go I have spent many evenings eating great dinners and sharing lots of laughs and drinks with many friends...:(

Surprising statements!

I guess others have had a much better experience than we ever did. We tried them a few times and felt it was nothing special. The food was just ok, the service somewhat less than hoped for, and (in our opinion) a bit overpriced. Maybe it's one of those places where if you are known, the experience is better. Sorry if anyone takes offense at this.

Surprising statements!

Shaka7,
I'm just curious as to why, since the restaurant is closing anyway, you felt your comments might "offend" anyone? (Since I sincerely doubt you actually are sorry.)

Mickey

You're going to have to get a lot thicker skin if you're going to play on the comment board. I will advise you NOT to read it on Saturday when the full story runs.

boisebegger

I don't need thicker skin to give my opinions - I can take it, so not to worry. Thanks for the advice.

The reason I said

that is because so many posters who lavish praise on something, take great offense when another dares to post something that is somewhat negative. And, by your comment in ( ), I might consider that you are one of those. I think that comment is off base and makes a huge assumption. Just because I wasn't a fan does not mean I am glad to see them close. It's unfortunate when any non-chain restaurant closes, whether I like them or not.

SO WHAT. YE GRIPE MUCH? DO THEE RIGHT, YE WILL?

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Apple users, run the Gig of RAM your PC needs to have and read the dumb tech white papers, wrinkle your forehead and buy more food and toilet paper with the difference. The internet is a piece of junk anyway and your cats know this.

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Darn it!!!

I Will Alway's Remember..

having cognac and a cigar at Angell's back when it was cool to do so. Always great food and service. Tried Chandlers once. Never got seated. Even the hotel people were snobs. I never went back there. Tough economic times are only going to get worse for downtown. Wonder who will be next?

I never exactly interpreted

I never exactly interpreted Chandler's as going after the same segment as Angels, although I suppose it probably did siphon some folks off. Also, we will be getting Ruths Chris downtown in the near future. Piper Pub still seems new-ish to me. When did it open, like 1991 or 92? Crap, even Bittercreek and Red Feather are old time places now, I guess.

Personally, I find it ludicrous that there aren't some bars downtown where you can have a cigar and a drink. Ludicrous!

Smoking ban

The current smoking ban i believe would prevent that and I too think its sucks

Sigh!

Where O where shall I get my oriental chicken salad now?

Always Sad When an Institution Goes Away

Angell's was one of my first jobs; I worked there as a hostess one summer while home from college. Good place; good people. So long old friend; sad to say good-bye after so many years.

To Shaka7

I'm not a lavish poster and didn't say you were glad to see it close. We all have better things to do than snipe at each other, which seems to be the purpose of some of these comments. I'm just glad to see that many people will miss Angell's, as we will.

Yes, I know you weren't saying

that. What bothered me is that you doubted that I was sorry if anyone took offense. I was sincere about that. Some post threads can get really nasty--I haven't really seen anything in this series that are like that. I hope you take some comfort in the many posts that showed how much diners enjoyed your restaurant. We would probably have tried it again--the location is great, especially in the summer. And, like I said, it's too bad when a place like your's closes. It's sad that so many people would rather patronize chain restaurants than support local ones. I wish you well in the future.

mangell1....Family businesses come and go all the time. The

economy will never recover.

You sound like you have bitterness. Why not elaborate. If bitter and say 'none of your business' then why do you even post or respond.

You can elaborate without giving any detailed information.

Ooops!

I'm definitely not bitter but I also didn't see the first part of your post in the heading. I didn't say the economy will never recover so I don't know where that came from in this discussion.

Ugly says the economy will never recover. It wont.

The good ole days are gone. Sure, some people will make a good living, but most folks will see their budgets even tighter because wages are not increasing.

I was just asking how come you seem bitter?

Just a thought

Have any of you that are so negative stopped to think that this may feel like losing a family member to the Angells and staff. Maybe what you read as bitterness is really sadness and protectiveness on Mickey's part. Put yourselves in their place. Doesn't anyone live by "the Golden Rule" anymore? So Sad

wagheqad....another thought....

Is Angells the only victim in today's economy?

All I asked if this person was bitter then elaborate on it without any specific details. Sometimes talking about it lets others know of the condition. Being very silent just makes this another boring story. We can learn from others.

I am glad that they have had many good years. I dined there several times in the late 1980s.

Just sayin that this is just another business closing the doors. When the big grocery chains came in, many mom-and-pop IGA stores went to the wayside. Farmers have lost businesses. I just wanted to hear their story. If none, then I'll quit reading it.

Yet another thought

If this story is just another boring story to you UNLESS you get details that you aren't entitled to, by the person you call bitter, who told you it was very personal and difficult, then why do you seem so interested in it? As with the mom & pop stores, the farmers and anyone else who worked very hard, spent countless hours and heeps of money on it, it is often sad when they close FOR WHATEVER REASON. Why is that hard to understand? Do you lack the ability to view things through other peoples eyes?

Just sayin life is not as black and white as you seem to think it is or want it to be.

Have a good day ugly.

wagheqad

Thank you so much for you kind words!

wagheqad....and another thought....

I have no interest in it. I live in Eastern Idaho now and did eat there a few times in the late 1980s, and also a couple times when I ran Robie Creek and the City of Trees Marathon. I havent been in Boise since 2006.

Anyway since nothing was said in story, then it is none of my business. I wish them well.

Ugly is famous for pigskin prognostications, like Otis' DIY jail

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Apple users, run the Gig of RAM your PC needs to have and read the dumb tech white papers, wrinkle your forehead and buy more food and toilet paper with the difference. The internet is a piece of junk anyway and your cats know this.

Say it ain't so!

I am so sad to hear this news. I enjoyed every one of the hundreds of visits to Angell's over the years. Having worked in the restaurant business in ID, OR, WA and Hawaii, I feel that I have a good understanding of what it takes to make it work. Make no mistake, it is hard, hard work to run a restaurant. I have the utmost respect for the owners, managers and staff at Angell's. They always did an excellent job when I was there. I was welcomed with a smile, served by competent and caring staff and the food was great. The inside was welcoming and the patio was an welcome oasis during the summer. I had my first date with my husband of 18 years there. We moved to McCall a few years ago so we haven't been in much lately but we will be there again before the end of the month. I will miss the hugs and talks with Pam, the smile on Curt's face and well, just everything about Angell's. My best wishes to all at Angell's. I still miss the Chart House since it's closing and will miss Angell's even more. As far as I am concerned Angell's was the best. Aloha Angell's. Nancy Coffin

A piece of Boise tradition sadly fades...

Mickey and Bob,

It is so sad to hear that all good things must come to an end.

Angell's has been a Boise tradition for succulent food and wonderful service.
I have enjoyed Angell's on so many occasions including first dates, then anniversaries and so many more. I even took my Dad for his 70th birthday on a trip up from L.A.

I was always thrilled when I was at a wedding to see the catering service provided by Angell's. It was always elegantly presented, well-tended, and delicious. I even attended a couple of weddings there which were always wonderful. Your staff was always impeccable with their service and atmosphere.

Ironically, as things come full circle, I will be going on a first date tonight, and will hope that the magic from a first date so many years ago, which led to so much happiness will shine for me again one last time.

Cheers to you for having the courage to create something out of nothing and seeing it provide such wonderful dining experiences to so many over so many years.

I wish the best to you both and your staff.