Longtime Jenny's Lunch Line employee Kristy Scott said she and Jenny Oneida were negotiating with the owners of the eatery to purchase it prior to its sudden closure on Friday, April 27.
"The closure on Thursday afternoon, as we were closing, was sudden to us, was news to us," Scott said. "The idea that the deal fell through and we could possibly be moving on soon was not necessarily a foreign idea, but the sudden closure on Thursday definitely took us off guard."
Scott confirmed that in addition to being closed for the foreseeable future, JLL will also not fulfill catering orders. She also added that owner is responsible for the handwritten note on the JLL shop claiming it will "be closed for much-needed overhaul."
Scott said she and Oneida instead have plans to open a new, as-yet-unnamed restaurant with a similar menu for lunch, as well as a dinner menu. They are working on sourcing ingredients, and are angling for a downtown location, though Scott offered few details about the space because of ongoing negotiations. If all goes according to plan, she said, the new restaurant could open as early as June.
Original Post Friday, April 27, 3:33 p.m.:
Tucked away from the street in Old Boise, the popular lunch hotspot Jenny's Lunch Line has long been one of the worst-kept secrets in town. Highlighting soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts all made from scratch, it was a favorite in the annual Best of Boise contest.
A post on Instagram, since removed, announced that in addition to no longer being open as a restaurant, Jenny's will not be fulfilling any catering orders.
A representative of the restaurant could not be reached for comment.