Could The Funky Taco Take Over the Jim's Coffee Shop Space? 

click to enlarge - The Funky Taco is one of several businesses looking to take over the former location of Jim's Coffee Shop. -  - THE FUNKY TACO/FRANCIS DELAPENA/JEFF LOWE
  • The Funky Taco/Francis Delapena/Jeff Lowe
  • The Funky Taco is one of several businesses looking to take over the former location of Jim's Coffee Shop.

The Funky Taco, winner of "Best Local Food Truck" in the 2015 Best of Boise contest, is in the running to fill the recently vacated Jim's Coffee Shop.

According to The Funky Taco owner Justin Archambo, there are several proposals on the table for the location next to the Boise Co-op in the North End, but Archambo has requested the city of Boise approve a license to sell beer and wine there.

At the regularly scheduled Boise City Council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 2, the city is set to forward the approval of that license to the Idaho State Police Alcohol Beverage Control Bureau.

"Basically that's just a proactive strategy on my part. We'd love to have the spot, but there's quite a bit of competition from what I understand," Archambo said.

Though the location is within 300 feet of St. Joseph's School, Archambo said he didn't think he'd have difficulty obtaining a permit, since both the Boise Co-op and the nearby Cafe Vicino each have similar permits.

"I don't see why that corner wouldn't be able to acquire one as well," he said.

Currently, The Funky Taco has about 30 different tacos on its menu. If it's approved for the Fort Street space, it would likely reduce the number of tacos on its menu while continuing to use its Airstream as a food truck for special events like the Boise Farmers Market, Treefort Music Fest and Modern Art. Archambo said finding a brick-and-mortar location has been in the works for a long time.

"We've been in the process for over a year now. Ironically, I was riding my bike by and saw Jim's the day that it closed. I called my broker and hopped on it," he said.

Archambo said he expects to hear back from the landlord's agent some time this week about whether The Funky Taco can use the space, but it could be another 30-45 days until anyone signs a lease.
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