Biz Buzz: He started cooking for fun and now delivers fresh bagels to customers


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Local man hopes to open bagel restaurant in Rexburg soon

Courtesy of Ryan Bestor

RIGBY – A man from Rigby shares his love of bagels with the community and he hopes to open a physical business in Rexburg soon.

Ryan Bestor started making bagels at home about three months ago and delivering them to customers.

“We have a registered business at home (called Teton Bagel),” Bestor told “I make about 100 bagels a day and if I don’t have anyone to buy them, then I just go out… and give them to people for them to try.”

Dozens of customers have tried his bagels and he has received positive reviews.

“Sacred pimp, it’s good! A customer texted Bestor. “Absolutely wonderful!”

The whole bagel is the most popular flavor, says Bestor, which includes sesame and poppy seeds, garlic, onion, salt, and sunflower oil. Garlic and cheese are other popular flavors.

Bestor is currently working on opening a physical location in Rexburg. He is currently raising capital to make his dream come true. Last week, he raised $ 3,000 on, a crowdfunding investment firm that caters to physical Main Street stores.

To open a store, Bestor must raise a minimum of $ 30,000 by April 28.

“Once I hit 10% of my funding, which I did… Mainvest sees this as an investment that will work. Now they are going to devote more of their resources. I did my part to collect 10% and now they will help me collect the remaining 90%, ”says Bestor.

Bestor says Teton Bagel will be a bakery restaurant serving a variety of bagel dishes for breakfast and lunch. Their website menu includes items like sandwiches, burgers, and even hot dogs.

The concept is aimed at college students and Bestor envisions it being a place where people come to enjoy a bagel while they study or hang out with friends and family.

The idea for Teton Bagel came, in part, from his mother.

“My mother was a culinary arts teacher and had made a cookbook,” Bestor explains. “I took her bread recipe and a few bagel recipes I found and put them together. I ended up making some really good bagels.

Bestor and his wife, Dalton, moved to Rigby a few years ago after Ryan’s business in Phoenix, Arizona closed.

“I made a risky investment with the company and it didn’t work out in the end. We lost everything we had. We had to sell a few cars and ended up moving to Idaho to live with my brother, ”he says.

His wife was pursuing a master’s degree and was working full time and he decided to start cooking while he looked for a job.

He eventually found a job with a local farmer and they moved into an old farm.

“I decided to continue cooking and cooking,” Bestor says. “We would go to a Thanksgiving or Christmas party and I would bring bread. People loved it and said I should sell it. I handed out bagels to a group of friends and understood that Rexburg did not have a bagel restaurant. Now we are there.

The exact location of his restaurant remains to be determined. Meanwhile, Bestor has been busy launching a website and perfecting his bagel recipes and he is excited to deliver to more customers and move forward with this project.

“This is something my mother grew up doing. Her life was baking and cooking. Now I have finally been able to harness that and find joy in it as well,” he says. . “It’s something I never imagined doing on my own, but I’m really happy to share it with others.”

To place an order or find out more, visit his website. You can also call him directly at (706) 531-8331. If you are interested in making an investment, Click here.


New benefits available to small businesses through the Paycheque Protection Program

POCATELLO – The Biden administration announced Monday that several changes to the paycheck protection program are being rolled out to help smaller businesses across the country. According to the Small Business Administration, the changes include a 14-day period, starting Wednesday, during which companies with fewer than 20 employees can apply for PPP relief. Another big change is that sole proprietors, independent contractors, and self-employed people can base their loan calculations on gross income rather than net income. Businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic may be eligible for a low-interest loan under this program. PPP loans may be eligible for full or partial forgiveness if the money is used for eligible costs and depending on specific program rules. Learn more details here. Additional information and resources on PPPs are available online.

Visit the world’s first nuclear power plant with a new app

ARCO – Visitors can now virtually tour the world’s first nuclear power plant, Experimental Breeder Reactor-I, any time of year, no matter where they use TravelStorys. TravelStorys is a free app that you download to your device. Once the app loads, you’ll have over 150 on-demand tours at your fingertips. You’ll learn about the EBR-I Museum, the history of the area, and the mission of the Idaho National Laboratory. Search “Idaho National Laboratory” to find the INL / EBR-I tour. Then you can either click on the stops and listen to a professionally narrated tour from anywhere in the world, or drive the US 20 between Arco and Idaho Falls and listen to the tour while you’re on the road. Narrations are triggered by GPS locations. You can also virtually visit from your computer. The museum is generally open for in-person tours from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Visit the website for updates.

Local potato factory donated more than 5 million servings of produce in 2020

IDAHO FALLS – In 2020, Idahoan Foods donated more than 5.2 million servings of its potato products to anti-hunger organizations across the country, for a retail value of over $ 800,000. Donations from the company were especially significant last year, as the COVID-19 outbreak created an unprecedented need for organizations fighting food insecurity. Idahoan Foods will continue to donate to local organizations and across the country this year, with the intention of exceeding its 2020 donation totals by 2021. Locally, Idahoan Food’s charitable donations have benefited organizations such as the Idaho Food Bank, the largest distributor of free food aid food aid in Idaho and the Idaho Falls Community Food Basket. Idahoan Foods also partnered with the city of Idaho Falls over the summer to distribute thousands of packets of Butter and Home Mashed Potatoes and 10,000 antimicrobial cloth face covers to residents of the town outside of the company’s headquarters at 900 Pier View Drive in Snake River Landing.


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