Gator Jack’s reopening, local man competes with unique toy & your other business news

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Do you want to know what’s happening on the east Idaho business scene? We’ve got you covered.

Here is a rundown of this week’s business news across the valley.




Gator Jack’s getting a Facelift

Gator Jack’s in 2016 | File photo,

REXBURG – Back in December, we told you Gator Jack’s had closed. Now it’s under new ownership and getting a facelift.

RELATED: Gator Jacks has sandwiches with a southern flare

Mike Bonilla and Barry Pierce are the new co-owners of Gator Jack’s.

The restaurant is being remodeled to include a new look and feel. Pierce tells it will have a lounge area with couches and two 65-inch TV’s.

Pierce says they’re excited to take the restaurant to a new level.

“We’re excited to give it a new face, and we want to make it work,” says Pierce.

As part of the restaurant’s new look, Gator Jack’s has a new logo. Members of the community submitted their ideas. The winner received a year of free food from Gator Jack’s.

Gator Jack’s new logo | Mike Bonilla

Bonilla tells us he is excited for people to see the new additions and sample the new menu items.

“We’re keeping the classics alive. We’re not getting rid of the things people love. We’re just adding to those and trying to make it a better menu,” says Bonilla.

Pierce and Bonilla are looking at opening the first week of March. Their hours will be 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays, with an 11 p.m. closing time on Saturday.

Gator Jack’s is located inside Hemming Village at 160 W. 2nd S.

Other businesses coming to Rexburg in the near future include Five Guys, Rocky Mountain Chocolate, and Red Rabbit Grill. You can learn more in the articles below.

Five Guys, Rocky Mountain Chocolate and more coming to Rexburg

Hickory restaurant moving as new eatery hops into town


New 24-hour medical clinic for kids opening soon

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IDAHO FALLS – Just 4 Kids Urgent Care is opening soon at 3320 S. 25th E. in Idaho Falls. They are located inside Kingwood Plaza next Orange Leaf. We have reached out to them for comment and hope to have more information soon.

A new Hilton hotel is slated for construction in Idaho Falls as well. CLICK HERE TO READ THE STORY.


Rigby man competes with unique toy

Jeff Larson and his watermelon ball

RIGBY – A Rigby man is headed to New York City next week to attend a Gala Award Ceremony for his toy invention. We spoke with Jeff Larson in December about his watermelon ball. We’re looking forward to speaking with him again about his experience. Stay with for an update!


Local Herberger’s is among 47 closing nationwide

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CHUBBUCK — Herberger’s in the Pine Ridge Mall is among 47 locations that will soon close across the country.



Local fitness company brings customer service to a whole new level

IDAHO FALLS – There are two things Curtis Bishop is passionate about — business and fitness.

So owning a business that sells exercise equipment was the perfect opportunity for him.

The name of the business is Quality Home Fitness.

We spoke with Curtis to learn more about Quality Home Fitness for this week’s Small Business Spotlight.


Candlelight vigil held for Rexburg KFC restaurant

Dutch Bros. building second east Idaho location

Idaho Falls Auditorium District announces new executive director


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