No new posts here for a while because we hadn’t been able to travel to hunt for them. (On that note, it would be nice to have reader-contributed sightings. If you have any bars to propose, please click on “Our Mission” at the top of the screen, and then use the form there to contact us.)
It’s depressing that, as far as we know, there has been no motion on re-opening San Diego’s Albie’s (featured in our previous post) in a new location. Not that it could ever be quite the same. Fortunately, we have some wonderful news out of Idaho.
The Stagecoach Inn is a steakhouse/cocktail lounge in Garden City that first opened in 1959 and thereafter became a local institution. But the owners ran into financial trouble in 2013, and the business was subsequently shuttered.
While there are few second chances for padded bars, in this case two long-time patrons teamed up with a Boise restaurateur (who also owns the very successful Goldy’s Breakfast Bistro) to revive the Stagecoach Inn, which re-opened in summer 2015. The restaurant was reportedly cleaned, reupholstered, recarpeted, and trimmed in lighter shades of wood than before — but mercifully the changes are subtle. The menu is much as it ever was, too, and getting good reviews.
Upon our visit, signs that it’s 2016 were mercifully hard to detect (and certainly, the taps that the owners have added for serving up local draft beers are most welcome). We did suspect that the bar, which now has a trendy steel top, used to have a wood finish, and that was subsequently confirmed by this Boise Weekly picture of how it used to be. Yet the bar rail still retains its sumptuous padding, and as you’ll see, it’s decorated with a six-shooter at one end.