The end of an era (or two)

For the two or three locals who haven't heard, Boise's Vietnamese Restaurant was completely gutted by a fire last week.  For those of you who aren't local, Boise does have more than one Vietnamese restaurant, that was just the name of the place; they opened decades ago and were the only one in town back then, hence the simple name.  I feel sorry for the owners and staff, sorry for their neighbors in the strip mall (since the fire did start at the restaurant), sorry for the restaurant's patrons, and of course sorry for myself since I'd never even tried the place.  I know, it's been sitting there at Franklin and Curtis forever, but I'm only recently getting into Vietnamese and Thai food.  I guess I simply have to move faster.

In other news, though I haven't confirmed this yet, I suspect that the Portuguese Barbecue Lunch Wagon has closed or is in the process of doing so.  Those of you who have been around since the beginning of this blog all the way back in June, or who have read back through my past entries, might recall that it was the subject of my first post.  Like I said, I haven't verified this, but there is a "for sale" sign in the window of the truck, and it certainly doesn't look open for business when I drive past...

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