The Smoke Inn opened in 1967 at 3912 W. State St., selling burgers and finger steaks. In 1992, Jay Liles took over the operation from his father, and on June 15, after 45 years, the restaurant closed.
Liles said business slowed a few years ago and never picked up again.
"The economy has just finally taken its toll," Liles said.
As for what to do with the remaining inventory, Liles is still trying to figure that out. He may give it to employees, send what he can back to his brokers and sell the rest.
Liles, 54, said he doesn't plan to open another business.
And in other State Street staple news, Terry's State Street Saloon celebrated its 16th year in business with a party June 9. But it was a coming-out party as much as an anniversary: Terry's will soon come under new ownership.
Jeff Larsen, now a manager and bartender at Terry's, is slated to take the reins of the saloon Sunday, July 1. With new management will come changes to one of Boise's most well known karaoke bars.
Larsen will make some cosmetic improvements to Terry's, including painting the walls, possibly installing a new air conditioner and beer coolers, and replacing the carpets. Overall, though, he says it will look like the same bar.
"The name out front is Terry's," Larsen said. "I'll just be the one running it."
One substantial change Larsen will make is using social media to attract new customers and advertise nightly drink specials. But he's still figuring out exactly how it works.
"I want to use it as a guerilla marketing tool," Larsen said. "It's still all Greek to me, though."
And speaking of long-running Boise dives, the Dutch Oven Cafe, located at 599 N. Orchard St., is moving, according to donlday.com. The small counter joint opened in 1959 and was known for its simplicity, serving only breakfast or lunch. Bill Carter took over the cafe when owner Tom Sweeney died in 2010, and he will soon reopen the joint at 1621 N. Orchard St., in an old home with a 32-seat capacity and living quarters located above.
And further down Orchard Street, retro drive-thru Patty's Burger Time at 1273 S. Orchard St. is now under new ownership and called simply Burger Time. New owners Karen Rohm and Rennie Cloninger took over the restaurant May 1 and opened for business June 1. Burger Time will no longer offer local produce and dairy and will instead carry Darigold milk products and pre-made Tri-City meat patties.