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Grove Street Businesses Reopen After Knitting Factory Fire

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The fire that engulfed the interior of the Knitting Factory Concert House in downtown Boise Sept. 11 wasn't confined merely to the venue space—smoke damage and power loss spread out to surrounding businesses, which were forced to shutter temporarily to make repairs. As early as Sept. 12, though, spots like Bonefish Grill were back up and running.

"We actually had really light smoke damage, which was cleaned up fairly quickly, and then we were able to reopen Wednesday evening," said Alicia Grams, managing partner at Bonefish. "The team did a really nice job of cleaning things up and moving forward."

Hawkins Companies, the commercial real estate business on the floor above Bonefish, sustained heavier smoke damage and is still closed for repairs. But Ha'Penny Bridge Irish Pub, Bonefish's downstairs neighbor, reopened today and is back to business as usual, with live music and dancing beginning at 8 p.m. and a 2 a.m. closing time. Happy Fish Sushi and Martini Bar, another restaurant in the complex, reopened its doors at 3 p.m. today, and will serve its signature sushi and cocktails through 10 p.m.

The Boise Fire Department reported Wednesday that the fire was accidental, and power had been restored to all businesses north of the Knitting Factory.