Biz Buzz: Popular steak and seafood restaurant opens new location in Blackfoot

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Menu items offered at Teton House, located at 1217 Parkway Drive in Blackfoot | Courtesy photos

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Teton House owners ‘thankful’ for the warm welcome in Blackfoot

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BLACKFOOT – After more than two years of business in Menan, Teton House now has a second location in Blackfoot.

Danielle Dexter, co-owner of the restaurant, tells EastIdahoNews.com the response to the new restaurant has been overwhelming since they opened April 30.

“We’re so busy we can’t keep up,” Dexter says. “We weren’t expecting this at all.”

The Menan location has been bursting at the seams with the amount of business its been getting, Dexter says, and the decision to open a second location was spurred in part by a desire to remove some of the pressure from the Menan store. The Blackfoot location is also a response to numerous requests for a second restaurant.

“We get customers (at our Menan location) from everywhere, but we thought Blackfoot was a good middle point that would take some of the pressure off of the Menan store,” says Dexter.

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Teton House opened inside the old Joe’s Place building inside the Walmart parking lot. The new restaurant has a larger kitchen with an expanded menu option of specialty burgers.

“It’s a smokehouse brisket lunch. It’s the belly of the cow blended in with the brisket. It tastes like butter and bacon has been (combined) into a new meat. It’s so phenomenal,” says Dexter. “You can order the specialty burgers for lunch in Menan, but in Blackfoot, we can serve them all day long.”

Some of the restaurant’s most popular items include the fresh seafood and the Tomahawk Steak, a three and a half to four-pound ribeye steak, served with soup or salad, Au Gratin potatoes, vegetables, and dinner bread.

“It’s a good dinner option for a family or a couple because it’s so big,” says Dexter.

Dexter and her husband are working on getting a liquor license to be able to sell cocktail drinks at the Blackfoot store. They currently only offer beer and wine.

Though the couple is busier than ever, they don’t have any plans to slow down. They’re hoping to open a third location sometime in the next year. They don’t have a particular place they’re considering right now, but Dexter says opening in old historical buildings is appealing to her.

“I’d love to go back to an old historic building as we have here in Menan. I love this older building and the history behind it. In Blackfoot, it’s a newer building. There’s not much history (on the building itself),” she says. “But I’m thankful that everyone has been so happy to have us in Blackfoot and welcomed us.”

The Menan restaurant began as a bank in 1910. People in the area remember it as Watson’s Bar.

Teton House is located at 1217 Parkway Drive in Blackfoot. Its hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday with an 11 p.m. closing time Friday and Saturday.

They hope to eventually be open seven days a week once they get a full staff up and running. They are currently hiring. If you’d like to apply, send a resume to TetonHouse@aol.com.

BIZ BITS

Newly renovated Family Dollar in Shelley hosting grand re-opening

SHELLEY – Family Dollar has announced plans for a renovated store’s grand re-opening in Shelley. The renovated store will now include $1 Dollar Tree merchandise, additional freezers and coolers and an expanded selection of food, beauty and essentials, household products, and seasonal items. There will be a grand re-opening celebration for the community from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 25. The event will feature gift basket raffles, giveaways, free samples and entertainment. In addition, the first 50 customers on Saturday will receive a gift card and reusable shopping bag. The store is located at 560 South State Street.

New real estate and brokerage service hosting ribbon cutting Thursday

IDAHO FALLS – ⎼ HomeSmart International is pleased to announce HomeSmart Premier Realty, the newest franchise to align with the fast-growing real estate brand. This is the first HomeSmart franchise opened in Idaho, which follows more than 20 new franchise locations added nationwide in 2018. The new franchise will serve agents and consumers in eastern Idaho, from Island Park down to the Bear Lake area with intent to grow to Boise and northern Idaho within the year. HomeSmart Premier Realty opened its doors in October at 586 1st Street in Idaho Falls. You’re invited to a ribbon cutting Thursday, May 16. It kicks off at noon and refreshments will be served.

Get your dental work done for free this Saturday in Rigby

RIGBY – Richard George, D.M.D. and Boone Allen, D.D.S. of Townesquare Dental in Rigby are hosting their 6th annual dental care event through Dentistry from The Heart, this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Any adult 18 years of age or older will receive one free extraction or filling. Patients are asked to arrive early as treatment is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Event registration will begin at 8 a.m. and patients will be seen through 12 p.m. Patients are also encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather as they may be outside waiting to be seen. Townesquare Dental is located at 527 Rigby Lake Drive, Suite B.

Perfect Light Camera and Supply just opened a second location in West Yellowstone

WEST YELLOWSTONE, Montana – Renowned photographer, Christopher Balmer, is proud to announce the Grand Opening of The Yellowstone Camera Store in West Yellowstone, Montana. In addition to being a factory direct dealer for top brands in the industry including Nikon, Canon, Sony, Tamron, Vortex, Tokina and Sigma, the Yellowstone Camera Store features a fine art photo gallery, equipment rentals, camera accessories, photography education and international photography workshops. The store is located at 16 North Canyon Street. For additional information, please call (208) 523-6789.

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