November 1, 2020

Beginning November 1, our sibling restaurant Txikiteo will close for the winter. The patio will reopen for service in April of 2021. This was a hard decision to make, but the health and safety of our guests, staff, and community is our most important value, and we simply can’t guarantee that if we have to move indoors—we just don’t have the space.

We have to say a few things, before we say good-bye (for now). We are grateful to Roundhouse for their generous flexibility as we considered our various options to stay in business and stay in our space. They worked with us and have made it possible to take another swing at this in the spring.

We’re deeply grateful to our staff—without question the best staff in Boise—for their loyalty, hard work, creativity, patience, and plain grit. Without them, we never would have come this far.

We’re grateful to you. Through thick and thin, through this long, strange year, you let us be part of your mornings and evenings, your celebrations big and small. Thank you; come April, we’ll do it again. Meanwhile, have a good winter, and we’ll see you on the other side.

June 28, 2020

Last week, we announced that a staff member at the Modern tested positive for the Covid-19 virus which was contracted offsite. We immediately closed both the Modern Bar and Restaurant and Txikiteo, tested our entire staff, and contacted all customers who might have had contact with this staff member.

We’re so happy to say that all of those tests have since come back negative. We are profoundly relieved (and we consider this a testament to the wisdom of mask-wearing: All our staff are masked at all times while at work, a fact that we believe protected our customers and staff from contracting the virus from our coworker).

What does that mean for The Modern, and our sibling restaurant, Txikiteo?

The Modern Hotel will continue to be open for overnight guests. We feel confident that the safety measures we have in place are enough to protect hotel guests from transmission. We will continue to be completely transparent and accountable: If we do have a positive test, we will immediately inform our guests and the public. You can view the safety and hygiene standards and protocols for the hotel here: https://themodernhotel.com/safety/

We can’t see a way to reopen the Modern Bar and Restaurant during this pandemic and still keep our guests, staff and the community safe—so those will stay closed for now.

Txikiteo will reopen June 27, and be open daily between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m., with a limited food menu—and ALL the wine. Service will be take-out, and can be ordered by phone, online, or in person. Customers will also have the option to picnic with their take-out on the patio and enjoy a glass of wine or beer while there.

Face masks are required in common areas of the hotel and at Txikiteo while ordering or moving around the property, away from your patio table (see above re: face mask efficacy); both locations will gladly supply customers with masks when needed.

June 19, 2020

On Friday, June 19th, a staff member at the Modern Bar and Restaurant learned they had come in contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19. We immediately closed the bar and restaurant, and conducted staff-wide tests for the virus.

Unfortunately, that staff member’s test came back positive. While we are certain this person took every precaution while at work—wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, and with no-contact ordering in place—we have notified anyone who was in the Modern Bar and Restaurant on Tuesday, June 16th through Thursday, June 18th that there may have been potential exposure to this staff member, and have encouraged them to be tested.

We sincerely apologize for this situation and are doing everything we can to get the information out as soon as possible.

Given this news, we have made the very difficult decision to once again close our bar and restaurant. The Boise service industry has been impacted directly by COVID-19 during the current stage of the state’s reopening. While we at the Modern are doing our utmost to keep our customers and staff safe and healthy, Boise’s strength (a close-knit community) combined with a virus whose transmission begins before symptoms do, make it next to impossible to effectively identify and isolate the disease before it spreads. People we know and care about will be affected.

The Modern Hotel will continue to be open for overnight guests. We feel confident that the safety measures we have in place are enough to protect hotel guests from transmission. We will continue to be completely transparent and accountable: If we do have a positive test, we will immediately inform our guests and the public. You can view the safety and hygiene standards and protocols for the hotel here: https://themodernhotel.com/safety/

For now, the restaurant and bar will remain closed until such time as we can foresee an end to community-wide transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Given that our bar is attached to a hotel, we cannot accept the risk of running a restaurant during a pandemic, possibly continuing to spread the virus and endanger our staff and guests—our friends and family.

Updates on the status of the bar and restaurant will be made available via social media as they occur. Until then, we urge everyone to wear masks and keep each other healthy. We look forward to a time when we can be together again.

June 17, 2020

We want to do everything in our power to bring you a safe and relaxing experience. So, that’s exactly what we’re going to do!

Due to the recent uptick in COVID-19 cases in the downtown Boise service industry, the Modern Bar and Restaurant is temporarily closing dine-in, room service, and takeout operations for staff testing to ensure the safety of both our guests and staff. We have taken every precaution in reopening and will continue to take any steps necessary to ensure our community’s good health.

Thank you for your continued support during these difficult times.

For more information, contact: erika@themodernhotel.com.