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Pandora's Restaurant

The historic warehouse in Old Towne had been converted into Pandora's Restaurant and Pub, which closed in 2010. Here the building is shown vacant in 2012 with the restaurant's sign still up.

TWIN FALLS — It’s been more than seven years since Pandora’s Restaurant and Pub closed its doors in Old Towne Twin Falls.

In September 2010, the restaurant lost its lease on a building and was forced to close unexpectedly. It never reopened. Owner Pandora Handley moved on, working at Elevation 486, Canyon Crest Dining and Event Center and the College of Southern Idaho — where she now teaches baking and pastry arts.

But her restaurant wasn’t forgotten. Next month, her son, Chris Lenardi, hopes to open Pandora’s Legacy — a new restaurant just a parking lot away from where his Pandora’s Restaurant once operated.

“It will be a little bit different,” he said of the cuisine.

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The “a la carte”- style menu will use locally sourced food and smaller plate sizes offering American-bistro fare. It will also have a full bar.

Pandora’s Legacy is planned to open in early February at 233 Fifth Ave. S. — between Marilyn’s and Redeemed Décor. The building is being remodeled.

Lenardi is the executive chef for Pandora’s Legacy, but the business is owned by the partnership K2RED LLC.

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