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City Club Of Boise: Bars, Restaurants, Music Venues And COVID-19


The global pandemic has affected business and industry in countless ways, but few sectors have been as disrupted as the very places where we have always turned when we wanted to eliminate our social distance: bars, restaurants and music venues. 

But this great challenge has spurred great creativity among Idaho business owners. A group of restaurateurs and local farmers created an ingenious way to keep talented chefs and other workers employed and keep locally grown food in demand — all while serving very real needs in the community. Another coalition developed protocols and approaches designed to keep patrons safe while they are being social. Music promoters and performers have been forced into creative approaches as well — outdoor shows, online concerts and more.  

Though the city of Boise has tried to increase its flexibility on outdoor dining and gathering to help local establishments stay open, winter weather threatens this approach. This will be a crucial few months for locally owned businesses.



  1. Dave Krick, managing partner of Bittercreek Alehouse, Red Feather Lounge and Diablo & Sons Saloon, Board President for City of Good, Board President for FARE Idaho and Community Board Member for Boise Farmers Market

  2. Rocci Johnson, the doyenne of Downtown's music scene, owner of Humpin' Hannah's bar and venue, board member of the Downtown Boise Association, and co-secretary of FARE Idaho

  3. Eric Gilbert, a founding leader of the Treefort Music Fest and owner of The Duck Club, a major music promoter in Boise, and member of Save our Stages

Moderator: City Club of Boise board president Kâren Sander.

A lifelong Idahoan, Erik has worked for Boise State Public Radio in many capacities over 20 years and is pleased to help bring non-commercial radio news and music to listeners. When he's not wrangling promotions or satellite schedules, he can be heard as weekday host on our news service.