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Do you want to know what’s going on in the East Idaho business scene? We have what you need. Here’s a look at this week’s economic news across the valley.

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Wing Stop opened in late June inside the old Kiwi Loco building at 3198 South 25th East in Idaho Falls. | Rett Nelson, EastIdahoNews.com

IDAHO FALLS – Whether it’s a new restaurant or a place to have fun with the family, the local business sector is active and growing.

Each week, we spotlight passionate people who are living the American Dream and making a difference in Eastern Idaho with a new business.

It’s people like you who make our community and our state a great place to live. And one thing is for sure – even a global pandemic cannot stop the creative activities of talented men and women across the valley.

For this week’s Biz Buzz, we thought we’d have fun going over some of the most popular stories we’ve featured since May. (Why May? Why not?)

We’ll let you decide what these most read articles say about what interests consumers in our corner of Gem State.

Popular chain opens first site in eastern Idaho this month (June 9)

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The decor inside Wing Stop in Idaho Falls before it opened. | Rett Nelson, EastIdahoNews.com

Wing Stop, a Texas-based restaurant chain, opened its first location in eastern Idaho in Idaho Falls this summer. It’s inside the old Kiwi Loco building at 3198 South 25th East.

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The menu includes 11 different flavors of traditional bone-in or boneless chicken wings. Some of the more popular flavors are Classic Hot, Lemon Pepper, and Korean Spicy. Other dishes on the menu include chicken strips and freshly cut fries from potatoes grown on Wada Farms in Idaho Falls.

Owner Jake Lindsay, who also owns Jimmy John’s on the Strip next door, told us in June that this particular place offers a good opportunity to enhance his experience as a restaurant owner.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

Family Beef Business Owners See Greener Pastures After Eventful Year (July 7)

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Paige Nelson, left, and Rick Miller are siblings and co-owners of ML Brand Beef, a St. Anthony-based direct-to-consumer beef business. They sell premium and premium Black Angus beef via their website. | Rett Nelson, EastIdahoNews.com

Paige Nelson of Rigby opened ML Brand Beef, a direct-to-consumer beef cattle business in St. Anthony, with her brothers, Rick and Zak Miller, in May 2020. Despite a nationwide beef shortage due to COVID-19, Nelson says the company has weathered the storm. Many people got wind of his business and started looking for locally produced beef, and Nelson told EastIdahoNews.com they’ve had more customers than ever since the story was published in July. She and her siblings are wrapping up the season, so if you still want beef, call Nelson directly at (208) 317-3095.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

Authentic Italian restaurant opens in eastern Idaho next month (May 12)

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Some of the dishes served at Mama Fla, a new Italian restaurant at 385 River Parkway in Idaho Falls. | Facebook

Although Mama Fla Authentic Italian Cuisine was scheduled to open in June, it actually only opened on September 24 due to a lack of staff. The restaurant is located at 385 River Parkway, adjacent to the Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce and offers a relaxed dining experience with a variety of freshly prepared pasta dishes each day. EastIdahoNews.com plans to highlight it in an upcoming East Idaho Eats segment.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

Major renovations underway at Heise Hot Springs (May 26)

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After construction delays, Heise Hot Springs officially reopened on September 18 with a new pool, wading pool, heated slide, changing rooms and other amenities. Resort co-owner Brennan Reed told us in May that it was shooting for a July 1 opening. . From what we’ve seen, customers seem to be enjoying the new look.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

Rexburg couple opens restaurant near golf course (September 22)

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Whitney and Clint Gee are the owners of 9 Iron Grill, which opened in June next to the Teton Lakes Golf Course. | Courtesy of Whitney Gee

After Redd’s Grill closed its restaurant near Teton Lakes Golf Course in Rexburg, Clint and Whitney Gee took it over and began renovations at 9 Iron Grill. The restaurant opened in June and is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

READ THE FULL STORY HERE

IN CASE YOU MISS IT …

Alaska Airlines Adds New Flight From Idaho Falls Regional Airport

The Rigby couple open a holiday-themed decor, game and toy store

Montana steak and shrimp restaurant comes to Idaho Falls

New housing and commercial development coming to Idaho Falls

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