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Snowocalypse 2017, Matador and The Funky Taco

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The deep freeze of 2017 iced over downtown Boise, frosting over relations between the city and the Ada County Highway District, and snowing in local businesses, which howled when the city and ACHD quarreled over whose responsibility it was to clear some sidewalks. Half a year later, as temperatures near 100, the long-past frigid weather is still casting drifts. Just ask Matador manager Brian Livesay.

"Snowpocalypse 2017 was no joke," Livesay said.

As snowpack on the roof of the Eighth Street restaurant began to melt, water seeped through the ceiling, soaking through the walls, damaging the floors and forcing minor electrical repairs. The damage was so severe, Matador closed June 24-June 30 to fix wainscotting and completely replace the floors.

A few doors up on Eighth Street, The Funky Taco is preparing to build its first brick-and-mortar location at what will soon be the former location of Mongolian Grill & Bar. Mongolian Grill will leave its longtime location Saturday, July 22, according to a sign posted out front.

TFT will take over the spot Tuesday, Aug. 1, and will begin the three- to four-month process of renovating the interior, installing an indoor charcoal grill and working with Treefort Music Fest Director Eric Gilbert to help it double as a music venue.

TFT will have a sit-down setup, but also a service window for tacos on the fly. According to owner Justin Archambo, it will feature a 60/40 mix of omnivorous/vegetarian tacos, beer and wine and local non-alcoholic beverages. He is currently working on obtaining a liquor license and hopes to have a full bar on site.

Archambo has a request for proposals out about a possible mural for the side of the restaurant, which could open as early as Wednesday, Dec. 1.

"It's a very visible corner and we want it to be funky and eclectic," Archambo said, who added he has no plans to give up The Funky Taco mobile stand, which will continue to appear at the Boise Farmers Market on Saturdays.


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