Boise Restaurant Owner Now Faces Felony Domestic Violence Charge


  • Ada County Sheriff's Office
Boise restaurateur Robert Castoro now faces a felony domestic battery charge in addition to a charge of felony possession of a controlled substance following his arrest in August.

The charges stem from a June 9 domestic disturbance call, during which police found an unspecified amount of cocaine. Castoro's arrest in August came after Ada County prosecutors reviewed findings from police and issued a warrant. 

According to court documents, the amended complaint was filed Sept. 22 to include felony battery-domestic violence with traumatic injury. If convicted, Castoro could face up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $50,000. His felony drug possession charge could land him up to seven years in prison and/or a $15,000 fine. 

Castoro owns popular restaurant and lounge Barbacoa, which opened in 2007, but burned to the ground in early 2010. The multimillion-dollar restaurant reopened on New Year's Eve 2010 with a larger footprint than before—9,400 square feet—and including new amenities like a DJ booth, a VIP room and a rooftop deck.

The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 29.