Western Proper offers Western Collective beers, as well as a liquor license.

Western Proper offers Western Collective beers, as well as a liquor license.

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A major new restaurant destination has arrived in downtown Boise.

Western Proper opened at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 25 at 610 W. Idaho St. Empty in recent years, the 10,500 square foot space is the former home of The Old Spaghetti Factory, which closed in 2013.

Reimagined as a multi-faceted entertainment space, Western Proper is an offshoot of the Garden City Western Collective Brewery.

And once things are fully operational, she has big plans.

Western Proper will be a craft cafe and breakfast spot. A restaurant for lunch and dinner with “upscale western cuisine”. A bar full of alcohol. A 400 capacity concert hall with a legitimate stage. A play center with four miniature bowling alleys, Skee-Ball, sports on TV and more. And a Wi-Fi and laptop space.

But not all of that this weekend – not quite yet.

The bar, restaurant, games room and concert hall have taken over the old space of the old spaghetti factory. Clean West

“For next week, we’re only 21+, open at 4 p.m. daily and stay open until midnight weekends and 10 p.m. weekday evenings,” Western Proper explained on its Facebook page. “We will ONLY have drinks, no food, for our first week. Please plan accordingly!

“Dinner service will begin next week – stay tuned for updates on our delicious meal program. Lunch and breakfast will come shortly after.

“Our craft coffee program will also start next week. You will be able to enjoy our incredible range of espresso drinks all day long.

Miniature bowling is part of the game. Clean West

Western Collective and Western Proper owner Cary Prewitt told the Idaho Statesman this spring that he was struck by the potential of the place. “I thought to myself, ‘This must be the last big space available downtown for the foreseeable future.’ There’s nothing else out there close to 10,000 square feet that has that kind of feel.

With spacious outdoor patios in front of the roll-up garage door windows, Western Proper will draw the Boiseans from early in the morning until late at night. Once the business is fully operational, minors will be welcome except at the Cowboy Bar, a lounge immediately to the right as customers enter.

“We want to do everything big and do it well,” said Prewitt.

Online: @westernproper, westernproper.com.

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Michael Deeds is an entertainment writer and opinion columnist. He tells the story of the good life in Boise: restaurants, concerts, culture, cool stuff. Deeds came to fruition at the Idaho Statesman as an intern in 1991 before taking on roles such as editor, sports writer, and music critic. Over the years, his freelance work has ranged from writing album reviews for The Washington Post to advertising Boise in that airline magazine you left on the plane. Deeds graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nebraska with a BA in Editorial Journalism.

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