Between March 2 and the day Mayor McLean shutting down dine-in restaurants and bars in the City of Boise, I'd been to Boise Towne Square Mall more times than I had been in almost a decade.

Living in Southeast Boise, I'm not a huge fan of making the drive to the mall but a few weeks before the pandemic hit Boise, my favorite restaurant in the world closed it's doors for good. Old Chicago Downtown was my second home for nearly a decade and I was crushed. Begrudgingly, I made the drive to the mall location about a dozen times in those two weeks.

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When the mall re-opened early this week, Old Chicago wasn't among the businesses that re-opened. In Governor Little's "Rebound Idaho" plan, dine in restaurants can reopen in Stage 2 if their plans have been submitted for approval by local public health districts. Stage 2's target date is May 16. Old Chicago's parent company chose to close all of their locations nationwide the day before the City of Boise called for dining rooms to close, so who knows when they'll reopen. I'll sit here and twiddle my thumbs until them.

If you'd like to get out of the house and shop responsibly, these are the stores that are currently open for business:

  • Aerie
  • The Blue & Orange Store
  • Buckle
  • Capz
  • Cellairis
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • Coach
  • Cosset
  • Downeast Basics
  • Fiiz Drinks
  • Go! Calendars Games & Toys
  • Good Burger
  • Go Wireless
  • Jakes Dr Dock II
  • Jamba Juice
  • Merle Norman
  • Morgan Jewelers
  • Play Joy
  • Prom Image Sports
  • Shoe Dept. Encore
  • Shoe Show
  • Tradehome Shoes
  • Visionworks
  • The Walking Company
  • Williams-Sonoma
  • Zumiez