So, Pocatello is getting another restaurant. That’s great. It’s another chain, owned by a man who is a Canadian citizen, but we’ve been told he resides in Pocatello. The Idaho State Journal reports that “Boston’s Pizza Restaurant & Sports Bar (Boston’s), the casual dining concept that combines a family-friendly restaurant and sports bar under one roof, announced today an agreement that will bring the brand’s first location to Idaho – specifically Pocatello or the ‘Gateway to the Northwest. The location will be owned and operated by seasoned entrepreneur, Jabbar Singh Dhaliwal. Dhaliwal, a native of India and citizen of Canada, has a rich professional background that includes owning and operating convenience stores and Red Lion Hotels in Canada and the United States. The Pocatello restaurant, conveniently located inside of the Red Lion Hotel at 1555 Pocatello Creek Rd, Pocatello, ID, will seat nearly 300 guests and will bring approximately 35-40 new jobs to the area”. Like I stated earlier, that’s great.
Or is it? Is it really great that we’re opening another restaurant in a town that struggles to support the numerous restaurants we already have and don’t fill? Is it great that we’re excited about another business when our local owners work day and night to provide remarkable customer service, unique customer experience and one-of-a-kind menus?
While we’re glad another business is coming to Pocatello and will provide jobs, we’re still confused as to why so much of the general public in this community is so hot to support chains with absent owners while they neglect the top-notch varieties of locally owned restaurants our community boasts. Drive through Old Town Pocatello on any given evening, and it is not filled with traffic or patrons, even though it’s got exceptional, locally owned restaurants. Here are just a few options:
228 S. Main St.
Sandwiches, soups, fresh chips
Open for lunch and again for late night
302 E. Center St.
445 N. Arthur Ave.
First National Bar
Sandwiches, soups, appetizers
Weekend breakfast menu too!
232 W. Center St.
Great Harvest Bread Company
Sandwiches, soups, fresh baked breads, cookies and rolls
250 N. Main St.
The best Greek food in town!
314 N. Main St.
Old Town Ice Cream & Candy
Featuring Reed’s Dairy ice cream, candy, pop
100 N. Main St.
Pocatello Co-Op Natural Foods Market & Farm Table Cafe
Breakfast, lunch and take out, farm fresh!
309 E. Center St.
Portneuf Valley Brewing
Pocatello’s premier brewery with a full menu for lunch and dinner!
615 S. 1st Ave.
PV’s Uncorked on Main
Italian Cuisine, beer and wine tasting, too!
138 N. Main St.
Sushi & Asian Fusion, kids menu
309 E. Center St.
Taste of Himalayas
Delicious Indian Cuisine
330 N. Main St.
Thai Paradise and PHO
Fresh, authentic Thai Cuisine
140 S. Main St.
The Bridge Wine Bar & Restaurant
Sandwiches to steaks & pasta, fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere!
Wine tasting too!
230 W. Bonneville, at the Historic Yellowstone Hotel
The Elks Lodge
Dinner menu with drink specials
410 S. Main St.
The Healthier Place To Eat
Organic, gluten free, preservative free, vegetarian and vegan friendly menu
121 S. Main St.
The Office Bar
Finger steaks, fries, tots and more!
251 E. Center St.
Fresh Italian Cuisines, pasta, pizza and salads!
165 N. Main St.
Japanese Rice Bowls, veggies and more!
200 S. Main St.
Inside Station Square
And outside of Old Town, we have amazing, locally owned restaurants. Some of them are franchises, like all three McDonald’s, the Subways, Jimmy John’s, Potter’s Sinclair and Arctic Circle, etc… There’s also Mama Inez, El Caporal, Tom’s Gyro, Butterburrs, Lickety Split, The Sandpiper, Sandbaggers, The Sand Trap, Blue Heeler, El Herradero, Goody’s Deli, 5th St. Bagelry, Buddy’s Italian, Senor Iguanas, Red Hot Roasters, College Market, Puerto Vallarta, Outer Limits, Geraldine’s Bake Shop, Jeri’s Jumbo Café, Mandarin House, Pressbox, Filipino Cuisine in Idaho, A Taste Of Hawaii 208, Nosh Mahal, and so much more.
We, My Local Pocatello, challenge you, your family and your friends to try at least every other time you eat out, to eat at a locally owned restaurant. We not only challenge you, we ask you, nicely, to give locally owned an earnest try. These establishments are owned by your friends, your neighbors, your fellow community members. They contribute back to your community more than any absent-owner establishment does, and they care about keeping our community great, making it even better. Locally owned establishments need your support. Please, folks, don’t forget to support locally owned in Pocatello Chubbuck. Try new restaurants, explore different neighborhoods, go in to Old Town, taste ethnic foods, ask others what their favorite locally owned establishment is, SUPPORT LOCAL!
We are so fortunate to live in a place with such diverse meal options. One-of-a-kind restaurants, with unique menus and service. Take advantage of these opportunities and eat at an establishment owned by someone who lives in our community. Help them thrive, help them stay in business, help them expand, help them support their family…
We’re all in this together. If you don’t support locally owned establishments, eventually they will close. They’ve bet on our community, our support, and without it, their business folds and we end up losing the backbone of our town(s). We end up with absent-owner run businesses who don’t care about your kids activities, community programs, your schools or your recreation. We end up with business owners who don’t give back, who don’t support and who don’t care about your community, our community.
So, go ahead, continue to support the absent-owner establishments, because they pay taxes and employee locals, but please, support the locally owned establishments, too. They are our community, and they need you!