POCATELLO — The wait is over — The Yellowstone restaurant is opening its doors on Friday in historic Old Town Pocatello. The restaurant at 230 W. Bonneville St. will host a grand opening featuring its new and unique farm-to-table casual dining experience.
“In the newly remodeled dining room and lounge, we’re excited to bring a unique and special dining experience to Old Town while offering a conveniently located destination for guests to enjoy our handcrafted dishes,” Rory Erchul, one of the four co-owners of The Yellowstone, said in a recent press release. “This is such a beautiful historic building and we’re going to make the most of the space. People are really going to be surprised and excited about the new look, the new menu and what we offer. We expect this to be a tipping point for growth and activity in the South Old Town area.”
A few “sneak peek” photos posted to The Yellowstone’s Facebook page recently show a bright dining area and a portion of the restaurant’s menu — the appetizers — which includes assorted cheeses with dried and fresh fruit; fingerling potatoes with fresh herbs and parmesan cheese; pancetta-wrapped jumbo asparagus; mussels and pomme frites; and cured meats and fine cheeses, among others.
The historic Yellowstone Hotel was built in 1915 and is one of the most beloved buildings in the region. Over the years, several businesses have called The Yellowstone home, including a drug store, several restaurants and bar, as well as a hotel. Most recently, the building was home to The Bridge restaurant.
“The possibilities for this space and location are unlimited,” Jennifer Erchul, co-owner and general manager for The Yellowstone, said in the press release. “We see a very bright future for Pocatello, for Old Town and for The Yellowstone. An opportunity presented itself and we quickly took it.”
The four partners in The Yellowstone venture include Rory Erchul, Jennifer Erchul, Denis Clijsters and Mike McCormick. All four are entrepreneurs and local enthusiasts. Though the four now own the restaurant, ownership of the hotel remains with Pocatello businessman Dick Carroll.
“I’m very excited about totally renovating The Yellowstone space and being able to bring in a new staff, great service, a whole new menu and more,” McCormick said in the press release. “We’ve been looking for opportunities in Old Town for a taproom or brewery, but with this we get a lot more and believe in creating a special atmosphere on this side of Pocatello.”
The Yellowstone will feature dining cuisine that takes advantage of locally sourced produce, meats and more. Discussions are currently underway with local farms and ranches to provide the restaurant with items locally grown and cultivated. Seasonal dishes will be crafted with love and local growers will be highlighted.
“We can’t wait to work with our local providers,” Jennifer Erchul said. “It’s a bit of a dream come true to be able to feature such a talented, dedicated and amazing local people who will help us create a menu unique to our region and The Yellowstone. As much as possible, our food will be farm fresh, and we’re thrilled to once again support the community that supports us and contribute to our local economy.”
In addition to the fine dining experience, The Yellowstone will also feature an updated and remodeled lounge for relaxing and enjoying a wide variety of cocktails, regional craft beer and wine. A distinct and unique cocktail offering is currently in the works with plans on creating several alcohol-free “mocktails” as well. In addition, there will be a private event space.
Also in the plans is a whiskey and scotch bar that will feature some of the finest whiskeys not commonly available.
“We’ve had such a positive response for the whiskey bar that we’re very excited about it,” Clijsters said in the press release. “We also have plans to renovate the back side, the side facing the Union Pacific depot and railroad, as well, by the end of the year. We’ll remodel and turn it into a taproom featuring some of the finest regional craft beer and wine, as well as serve more of an upscale pub food, with a twist, such as gourmet sandwiches and specialty sliders.”
In the past couple years, Clijsters’ company, Bricks & More LLC, has also bought and started renovating two other Old Town staples: the Fargo Building, 340 S. Arthur Ave., and Station Square, 200 S. Main St.
The Yellowstone will host its grand opening on Friday, with the dining room open from from 4 to 10 p.m. and the lounge open from 4 p.m. to midnight. There will vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available. The owners are encouraging people to make reservations in advance as the night is filling up fast. Message The Yellowstone Restaurant Facebook page or call 208-220-1730 to reserve your spot.
Jennifer Erchul says The Yellowstone will benefit Old Town and Pocatello in general.
“Our plans for The Yellowstone will augment all the great restaurants, stores and bars in Old Town,” she said. “There’s a lot happening and when we can help bring more people into Old Town, offer more unique experiences and opportunities, all of us will benefit from the increase in traffic and visitors. Not only do we see this as a win for The Yellowstone, but for all of Pocatello and Old Town.”