By on March 3, 2015

DISSTongueBoheme endangered DISS

Unfortunately, it’s true. Cathy Beloeil says she will close down Café Boheme at the end of May when her lease is up. Unless, that is, she can find a suitable space by then.

The good news is business has never been so good as it has been these past few months. Locals have been loyal, rallying to the cause, and tourists are raving about the café on Internet review sites like Yelp and the like. (Try the crepes, say in-the-know foodies).

Café Boheme has quietly and steadily improved since Ruth Ann Petroff sold the old Hard Drive Café to Beloeil. Petroff was dogged by threats of lawsuits for using a name similar to Hard Rock Café (oh brother) and finally concentrated on the java joint’s most promising liquid asset: the Snake River Roasting coffee. Beloeil tweaked the ambience, bolstered the kitchen, and built Café Boheme into a popular west side haunt.

Now that may all come to an end, and that would be a shame.

“Travelers from all over the U.S. always tell me that they want me to move to their town and open a Café Boheme there,” Beloeil said. “They tell me that Jackson is lucky to have such a place, and I know my regulars feel the same way. I think it would be tragic to let it all go to waste and lose a business that is so important to the community.”

Beloeil says she is looking for a restaurant space, ideally something near her current location. A retail space could be retrofitted but Beloeil says she would have to take on an investor or partner to bankroll that. One venture that might work for Café Boheme would be for the coffee shop to become the exclusive incorporated eatery of a hotel. Beloeil says she is also open to a popup coffee shop at an existing dinner restaurant.

Barista Beloeil has been so busy at the café she hasn’t had much time to hunt down a new space. She’s looked into a few.

“Right now there are very few spaces available,” Beloeil said. “There’s Mojo’s (no parking, poor location), [old] Bubba’s (not up to code, very old building, wrong side of the street for morning business), Betty Rock (just signed a contract, I believe), or Cafe Bean (under contract).”

Beloeil has even considered running her operation out of a food truck but doesn’t know where she would park it. Help bail out Boheme. Email Cathy at [email protected]

DISSTongueAlso endangered: Common courtesy in JH

A few weeks ago Planet Jackson Hole was made aware of a hit-and-run at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Weeks before that a similar complaint was registered via email. Details were sketchy and this columnist didn’t believe it a “news story” until the latest collision.

We also caught wind of several dogs-chasing-wildlife incidents. Forest officials have pleaded with pet owners to control their mutts and pick up after them for weeks now, finally enforcing a seven-day “timeout” on all dog activity in Cache Creek. A ban on dogs from the Farmer’s Market also is under consideration by town officials.

So this week, worthy of a “Diss,” as in disrespectful, are two unrelated epidemics that need immediate correction if we are to live together on the hills and dales of our micro-society here in Jackson Hole. Dogs and snowboarders are a lot alike. Both sleep on the couches and floors of Teton County homes. Both have a limited vocabulary.

OK, that’s a little harsh. Dogs aren’t that bad.

Actually, it’s not dogs that are to blame. It’s dog owners, of course. Too many dog owners do not put in the time and attention required to properly train their pet. When they aren’t trained, they act like animals. Too many pet owners also are under the false impression their dog is so cute and friendly and lovable. Who doesn’t enjoy being showered with slobbery kisses by a 120-pound Bernie with mud-caked paws and a “jumping up” problem?

Dog owners: You have a responsibility to train your pet to a level of obedience that he or she behaves at least as well mannered as a snowboarder. Preferably better. If that means you need to leash him, do it. If you want to let Fido run off-leash, he better be socialized to other dogs, kids and horses; and he should be rock-steady with following commands from a distance in the presence of wildlife. You are ruining it for the rest of us who put in the time with our pets.

Snowboarders: WTF, dudes? Not to blame every knuckle-dragger for the reckless behavior of a few, but the actions of some are besmirching riders everywhere. The latest example of a crash-and-dash came our way via a well-traveled Facebook posting from Bill Neeb who is none too pleased about an “A-hole on the snowboard” that blew through a ski lesson and struck his six-year-old daughter, breaking her tibia and fibula.

“You suck,” Neeb wrote. “[A]nd you are wanted. The police are looking for you, and so am I.”

The Facebook post drew scores of related collisions and close calls from others at JHMR. More security, more rules, more cameras are never the answer. Common courtesy is.

Bill Neeb’s six-year-old dauther was struck by a snowboarder leaving behind a broken tibia and fibula. (Photo credit: Bill Neeb)

Bill Neeb’s six-year-old dauther was struck by a snowboarder leaving behind a broken tibia and fibula. (Photo credit: Bill Neeb)

About Jake Nichols

Jake is a work in progress.


  1. Tristan Clegg

    March 11, 2015 at 2:59 pm


    This is in response to your “Diss” on common courtesy of snowboarders at JHMR. I would first like to say that you are quite an inspiration to be writing for a gossip column and slandering your opinions and rumors throughout weekly, it takes a lot for a person to make things up but you’re a natural!

    Secondly I would like to correct your “story” for you. I know you have no need for facts in your “journalistic endeavors”, but I will correct it for you anyways. 12 year old snowboarder hit the girl accidentally in the pipe, stopped, talked, and apologized to the instructor, and then left. It was not a hit and run. It was not until later that the girl was found out to have a bone injury. It was no mystery who the person was, and the snowboarder’s mother even called and explained the situation to police and the girl’s father.

    Lastly, it is clear to everyone that read your “Diss” that you dislike snowboarders. That is awesome! Bigotry is a big part of this country and I am glad you are keeping it alive! But, here in Jackson we try to keep the hate, bigotry, speculation, and flat out disrespectful comments towards an entire population down to a minimum…for that, I hear they are hiring at Alta Ski Resort.

    Ruff Ruff from fellow snowboarders and dogs everywhere,

    Tristan Clegg

  2. Beau Brown

    March 11, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    I second that……
    – ruff ruff

  3. Mikey Franco

    March 11, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    Thanks, Tristan. It’s amazing how data always ruins a good story full of conflict and hatred.

    PEOPLE, not “knuckledraggers” or two-plank wankers, not skiers nor snowboarders, make mistakes. Some of these mistakes, unfortunately, have terrible consequences. Of course the person watching over this child should be upset. If that was my child, I’d be upset too, regardless of what type of equipment a person was on. In the end, it’s the choice of the daughters family to decide wether or not to let it go. Maybe they have, maybe not. I don’t know. Truthfully, this event is none of our business anyway. Only those involved. But the Planet decided to make it our business by attempting to call out and lay blame to an entire group of people. I’m incredibly offended. As are, most likely, all of the nice, gifted, generous, cautious, courteous and talented snowboarders in the valley.

    By the way, I’m curious…. Why was this little child in the half pipe? The pipe is a place where athletes ride, train and compete. It’s a dangerous run. Dicks Ditch is a far better venue for the little ones, imo. Maybe it’s time for a mini pipe for the groms at JHMR.

    Mikey Franco

  4. Jake's evil twin

    March 12, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Jake’s not a reporter. He’s not a journalist. He never pretends to be. Only fools would take Jake too seriously ’cause he doesn’t take himself too seriously. This is the Planet. Read the NYT or the WSJ if you want journalism. How seriously can you take a rag that gives so much space to Carol Mann?

    Jake occasionally dips his pen into big issues for print media but he tends to focus on absurd flaming filler material. If he has time to write a thoughtful story, he might.

    Shovelheads have only themselves to blame for the stereotype Jake pushes. This snowboarder DID hit this child. Assuming he saw the child, he made a mistake. He may have been out of control, or simply unprepared for a young child to do something unexpected. Either way, the responsibility is on him to avoid hitting a young child. Jake’s ‘outrage’ may seem over the top but that’s your own interpretation of his comments. Facts may have been hard to come by. Jake should have added a few more qualifiers; but then, those in the know anticipate more opinions from Jake than facts. Making fun of everyone’s obsessions especially when those obsessions reinforce stereotypes or injure a child is too be expected.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply