About TETON HOUSE
Nestled in the quaint little town of Menan, Idaho ~ just off the famous South Fork of the Snake River ~ you will find TETON HOUSE restaurant (formerly Watson’s Bar & Sandwich Shop). The restaurant resides in one of Idaho’s historical landmarks, the Menan Bank, built in the early 1900’s. The stone building architecture beckons to the history buff. The inside may have been renovated a few times, but TETON HOUSE plans to continue to retain and further the historical feel.
Proprietors Leo Hancock and Danielle Dexter recently moved from Washington State to set up permanent residence for their family in Rigby, Idaho, and purchased the restaurant building at the end of 2016 to begin building their dream.
Leo ~ who has a reputation for a mean steak ~ previously offered catering services and events in his lodge style property in the mountainous hills of North Bend, WA. And Danielle comes from a culinary background herself, both in her education and in her chef, management and front end roles in various businesses and organizations in Western Washington.
The restaurant’s ambiance will continue the historical feel from previous evolutions of the building. They will also keep in place the painted landscape mural on the outside wall, done by Idaho Falls artist John Martin, as well as the inviting outside eating area. The new proprietors will be adding in a smoker to continue their planned American steakhouse and NW cuisine direction. It’s all part of the plan to make TETON HOUSE a destination eatery for people from around the region, as well as the stopping place for travelers to Tetons, Yellowstone and other landmarks and close by destinations.
Menan Idaho, a farming community located in the beautiful Snake River Valley, is a small village situated on an Island. At first this Island was referred to as The Island, then Heald’s Island, Poole’s Island Cedar Buttes, Menan, Piatt, and then Menan.
Founded in 1879, Menan was the first settlement of Latter-day Saints in the Snake River Valley.
Menan has many entertaining things to do, from attending special events and learning about local history to dining at independent restaurants (including TETON HOUSE!).
Menan is relatively close to many exciting adventures and destinations, including Yellowstone National Park and Jackson Hole WY ~ and our own Menan Buttes, a pair of roughly conical volcanic craters adjacent to the Snake River, offering hiking and interesting geology and far-reaching views.
As well, Menan is famous for its large Fourth of July celebration, held every year ~ held on the 5th when the 4th is a Sunday. This celebration includes games, food, a duck race, games, and fun for all ages. The fireworks at dark rival, in height, Idaho Falls famous Melaleuca fireworks. As Menan is away from any airport, there are no size restrictions! There are typically thousands of people who turn out from surrounding areas for this yearly celebration.
So input Menan and TETON HOUSE now into your GPS ~ whether you live close by or are planning a trip to or through Idaho, we plan to become your favorite stopping place for great food and great company!