Sunday, April 26, 2009

Basque Block

This is the Leku Ona Hotel, a Basque hotel and restaurant, located in The Basque Block in downtown Boise. Although I’ve eaten Basque food, I haven’t tried this restaurant, but the menu looks inviting.

The Basque Block includes the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, the Basque Market, and several restaurants. It’s a favorite spot especially during summer evenings. I’ve caught the scene early, before the restaurants have opened.

Boise has a Basque population of about 15,000. They came to Idaho from the Basque country in Spain during the 1800s and early 1900s. Many were sheepherders, and they came to Boise during the off-season and often stayed in one of the several Basque boarding houses. Like many immigrant groups, they prospered, and greatly enriched the growing city of Boise.

I love the Basque Center’s red tile roof, which is in the style of the Old Country. The center is used for performances, annual celebrations, events, gatherings.

Adiskide onekin, orduak labur.
"Time flies when you are among friends."
[with a good friend, the hours short]


Anonymous said...

on the upper floor
of the Basque restaurant &
was an office
where a poet was dreaming
of falling in love, & in
what is now a dining room
once an art
studio, an artist
was also concurrently dreaming
of falling in love

they met & married
& plan to revisit the place
of dreaming
to offer a toast
to what had to be

Ms M said...

A toast to you, Anon :)