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Fud News May 26, 2004

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Bye, bye Boise PiE

This past weekend Boise lost yet another of its favorite hangouts. After hearing Boise's music lovers collectively murmur, "If you build it we will come," Rampant Restaurants moved their pan-Asian Saffron out of its Grove Street location to deliver Pie to eager listeners last summer. The trendy hangout, complete with two booze bars, an oxygen counter, copious amounts of Red Bull and Jaegermeister, and enough Ben and Jerry's and gourmet pizza to keep your muchies permanently at bay, Pie brought in not only local favorites but also some of the biggest names in the Northwest scene. Only a year later, Pie has taken its final bow.

"When we opened I gave them a budget and said if they exceeded that then that was it," explained owner Alan Head. "We were not able to generate consistent revenue in the beginning part of the week to make it work." He also expressed his disappointment at the lack of support from local music fans.

"We'd bring in bands from Seattle and then a number of people were standing outside arguing with the bouncer about a $5 cover charge."

Any upcoming plans for the Pie space are still under wraps—don't expect you've heard the last of Rampant Restaurants on Grove Street.

HANGIN' AT THE HANGAR

The hub of weekend bar traffic may call the intersection of 6th and Main home but now there's a new reason to venture down the block. Open 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. the freshly-painted Hangar Bar has the laid-back feel of a good hang out—but without the 20 years of smoke and spilled beer seeped into the carpet and walls. For the game-loving crowd The Hangar has pool tables and boasts the only downtown shuffleboard. Drink prices rival the cheapest places in town with $5.50 pitchers (and lower if you're into PBR) and $2 wells. Sounds like happy hour every hour.

The Hangar, 509 W. Main Street, 343-1600.

CORRECTION

In last week's Fud News story about Copper Canyon, we incorrectly spelled Brian Inaba's name not just once but three times. Though we don't get any points for consistency, we do apologize for the error.

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