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Brick Oven Bistro Will Close After 28 Years

And Gone Rogue takes over Casa del Sol space



After 28 years in business, Brick Oven Bistro announced that it will officially close its doors Sunday, Nov. 25 at 8:30 p.m.

"We're ready to retire and we are going to write a cookbook ... It's time everybody learned to cook on their own," said owner Stephanie Telesco.

Telesco and her husband Jeff Nee decided to leave with fond memories, rather than selling the business to anyone else.

"I don't want to wake up in two years in tears because somebody's destroyed what we built up," said Stephanie. "Jeff and I, we're here 24/7; it's our baby, so it's time."

The couple is assembling a cookbook featuring recipes from Brick Oven Beanery/Bistro along with customer memories.

In better news, BODO is about to get a bit more bodacious. Fresh Off the Hook is almost ready to open its second location: Fresh Off the Hook in the 8th Street Marketplace, which was slated to open in July. Though owner David Bassiri was leaning toward calling it Fresh Catch, he opted to stick with the well-known brand.

The space will have a similar menu to the original location, but with new appetizers like green bean fries and crab cakes.

Bassiri is shooting for a Monday, Nov. 5 opening, but said he still has a few loose ends and permits to wrap up.

Also in BODO, Gone Rogue has now taken over the Casa del Sol space at 409 S. Eighth St., and hopes to open the second week of November.

"The concept is basically a military-themed pub and eatery. We have a lot of military memorabilia, the owners are in the Idaho National Guard, as well as some of the employees," said manager T.J. Abruzzese.

The space will offer 24 taps and an assortment of standard bar grub.

"It's just traditional pub-style food: burgers, elk burgers, sausages, fries, onion rings, jalapeno poppers, finger steaks," said Abruzzese.

And in other downtown news, Dine Out Downtown Boise Restaurant Week will take place from Friday, Nov. 2, to Sunday, Nov. 11. The event includes $10-$30 prix fixe lunch and dinner menus at Bardenay, Berryhill and Co., The Brickyard, Le Cafe de Paris, Mai Thai, Red Feather Lounge and Solid Grill and Bar, among others.

No tickets are required, but reservations are recommended. To peek at all the special menus, visit


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