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The Open/Close Waltz

Jamba Juice and Costa Vida open; Caruso's, Sapphire, La Cantina Sociale and Eli's close


Things are shaking up in the downtown real-estate scene. Jamba Juice, a smoothie chain famous for its vitamin and protein-packed "boosts," has added another Treasure Valley location. Now in addition to the shop at McMillan and Cloverdale roads, Jamba Juice will blend up fruit-flecked liquid meals on Eighth Street in the ground floor of the Capitol Terrace building, next to the escalators. The store has been serving up steel-cut oatmeal and smoothie samples at the Capital City Public Market on Saturdays and plans to be open to the public sometime this week.

Adjacent to Jamba Juice, the mini-chain Carusos's Sandwich Company, with locations in Post Falls, Coeur d'Alene, Hayden and Spokane, Wash., has officially shut its doors. Though we jokingly questioned the need for another meat-and-cheese-between-bread option in downtown Boise when Caruso's opened in November 2010, it's always a bummer to see another business bite the dust.

But as the saying goes, when one sandwich shop closes, another Mexican burrito chain opens across the street. Undeterred by the recent now-you-see-it-now-you-don't fate of Chronic Tacos, Costa Vida, a "fresh" Mex spot with locations across the United States will open soon next to the Brick Oven Bistro. The chain offers items like raspberry chipotle chicken burritos and sweet pork quesadillas. For more information, visit

And in more closing news, Sapphire Bar and Grill, the tenant that took over the unlucky space at Capitol Boulevard and Idaho Street, which once housed The Capitol Club and Cool Hand Luke's, shut its doors last month. The sporty, Boston-pub-ish spot opened in late 2010. Adelmann Building owner Karen Buich says the joint will reopen as a rentable private party and events spot with food and a full bar. For more information, call 208-867-5119.

Around the corner at Eighth and Bannock streets, La Cantina Sociale also packed up its pasta and left in July. But the wine shop and specialty Italian market isn't gone for good. Owner Giuseppe Veneziano is in the process of reopening his shop at 1100 Front Street in the large building near Pitchers and Pints.

And out in Nampa, Eli's Italian Deli, which shuttered its Boise location at 10th and Bannock streets earlier this year, has also shut down its Nampa store.