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You could win a trip to Cancun by attending this restaurant’s grand opening
REXBURG – From the moment Ryan Bestor started making bagels and selling them out of his small trailer in Rigby, the long-term goal was to eventually have a permanent storefront. After years of work, Bestor is turning that dream into a reality.
Teton Bagel is coming to Hemming Village in Rexburg. It’s slated to open by the end of November at 175 West 2nd South, Ste. 103. It will share a space with BarberPop Shop.
Customers have enjoyed Bestor’s brand of homemade bagels since he launched in 2021. One of his bestsellers is the Teton Breakfast Sandwich, which includes hash browns, eggs, bacon, cheese tomatoes, avocado and arugula on a bagel made with garlic, onion, salt, sunflower oil and poppyseeds and topped off with sesame seeds.
The sausage, egg and cheese bagel is a popular item as well.
Bestor tells EastIdahoNews.com the new space will allow him to offer an expanded menu to customers.
“We want to focus on keeping a smaller menu, but doing a really good job with it,” Bestor says. “We’re going to have way more cream cheeses there. We’re adding a few more sandwiches to the menu and fresh-squeezed orange juice instead of just regular orange juice.”
Bestor is partnering with Folsom Farm in Rexburg to supply the beef for his sandwiches. Cup O’ Bliss in Rigby is providing all the drinks.
Though the food truck will remain in operation during the summer, Bestor is thrilled to have a larger space to serve customers.
“We’re doing 200 to 250 sandwiches a day,” says Bestor. “Our last day open here in the food truck, we did almost 300 sandwiches. In a tight space like that, that’s quite a bit. It will be nice to have a lot more room to work and make more bagels.”
Crews are finishing up renovations on the building so an exact opening date has not been finalized, but those who attend the grand opening will be entered into a drawing for a week stay at a resort in Cancun, Mexico, for up to six people.
In conjunction with the new location, Bestor and his team are partnering with local businesses for a “12 days of Christmas” food drive. From Dec. 2 through Dec. 13, a 25-foot blow up Santa will be placed in front of a business in Rexburg, Rigby or Idaho Falls. The location will change daily, and will be announced on Teton Bagel’s Facebook page.
Patrons can place canned goods and other items in a box near the Santa, which will be given to a local food bank. Those who take a picture in front of it can bring it to Bestor’s shop for a free bagel.
At the end of the 12 days, there will be another drawing for a trip to Cancun.
Once the Rexburg store is up and running, Bestor is hoping to expand his operation with a line of wholesale products that he sells in retail and grocery stores.
“There’s a lot of different products we’re coming out with, including frozen bagel dough that you can take home and bake on your own. They taste identical to what we’re making at the bagel shop,” he says. “We want to expand that and eventually get our own place that’s not in a strip mall.”
Teton Bagel will be open for breakfast and lunch Monday thru Saturday. Hours of operation will be 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A limited menu will be available those same days from 3:30 to 6 p.m.