'There Will Be Nothing Left' of China Blue, Boise Bar Owner Says 


In a video posted on social media Feb. 26, China Blue Owner Ted Challenger stood in the construction zone that is the popular downtown dance club holding placards, which strongly imply that when the building reopens after months of construction, it will not be the club it was for the last 16 years. That turns out to be true.

"There will be nothing left of China Blue," Challenger told Boise Weekly.

When it does reopen—on or around Saturday, June 1, Challenger said—it will have undergone a complete redesign, and will have a new name.

Challenger didn't offer any details about the new look or feel of the future club, though he said in the coming months he will embark on a guerrilla marketing campaign to tease it. (Hint: "Guys, I gave you the name on the first day," he said.)

In December, Challenger shut down China Blue and Dirty Little Roddy's, both near Sixth and Main streets, for repairs. At the time, China Blue was experiencing a concave roof that required immediate attention for the safety of its patrons.

"What happened was, the beams were giving way, and now they've torn everything away and you can see the beams," Challenger said. "We're all pretty lucky. An air conditioner could have come down onto the dance floor. We're extremely lucky that we found that when we did."
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