When Buster’s Sports Bar & Grill closed in January, it was the end of an era.
Buster’s restaurants had served the Boise area for nearly four decades. Opened in 1999, the Eagle location was Buster’s last status — a “top destination” for the community, real estate broker Ron Ramza said.
Don’t graze the historic building yet.
Holy cow Idaho! plans to take over at 1396 E. State St. with a goal of opening in October, owner Dylan Hutter said. Eagle residents will sip cold beer and devour burgers in the same familiar, updated location.
This will be the second location for Holy Cow. The original debuted in 2019 at 1226 1st St. South in Nampa before expanding into nearby space.
Holy Cow prepares creative and appetizing burgers. The menu also offers meat sandwiches, baskets, chicken wings, fries and, of course, prime sirloin steaks.
The signature Holy Cow is a dropper: two 1/3 pound grass-fed beef patties, double bacon, American cheese and Holy Cow fried sauce – served between two grilled cheese sandwiches. To clarify, the “bun” is two grilled cheese sandwiches. Made with Texas toast. “Every time we pull one out,” Hutter told the Statesman in 2021, “you say to a customer, ‘Good luck.’ ”
While Hutter was looking for another Holy Cow home, he had his own stroke of luck. He came across a social media post about the former Buster’s availability.
What jumped out at the building, Hutter says, was that he was “actually able to imagine that it was a sacred cow.”
“I was really excited about the patio. That’s what I was headed for for whatever we had next. We plan to put a bunch of cool plants and things in there and make it a real feature in Eagle.
In Nampa, Holy Cow Idaho! has become a real family restaurant. It belongs to Hutter and his mother. The staff included parents barely old enough to get a job in the service sector. “All the nieces and nephews…they all work for us,” Hutter said, “or worked for us at some point. One of them is in college now.
“It was really done the way we wanted, as a family business. We really hope to pay Eagle that as well.
Both restaurants are about the same size, Hutter said. But the Eagle space has an advantage: it roughly quadruples the number of taps. “We’ll have 26 taps,” Hutter said. “We have a lot to play for. It’s exciting too.
And even if the capacities are of similar size? The external situations are completely different. “When it comes to seating, the patio is a game-changer at Eagle,” Hutter said.
“The summer months will have a nice bump if we can keep that patio full – which I imagine we will.”