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Montana-based steak and shrimp restaurant opens in Idaho Falls

Courtney Wilson, left, Chandra McCurdy and other members of the management team pose for a photo inside the restaurant on Wednesday morning. | Rett Nelson,

IDAHO FALLS — Customers will soon have another dining option in downtown Idaho Falls.

The Rib & Chop House, under construction since October, opens March 28 in the space next to Lucy’s Pizza at 320 Memorial Drive.

General Manager Chandra McCurdy and her team are busy preparing and putting the finishing touches. She is thrilled to unveil the restaurant’s first location in Idaho.

“Idaho Falls really stood out. It’s not too big, it’s not too small, and you really feel comfortable in this place. It’s something the community can benefit from, and we’d like to integrate into Idaho to grow and grow our name,” McCurdy told

The Rib & Chop House is an upscale steak and seafood restaurant that prides itself on serving certified Angus beef. The menu includes fish fillets and sirloin steaks, New York striploin, burgers, sandwiches, pasta, shrimp, salad and more. Seafood offerings are flown in twice a week, McCurdy says, and okra, jambalaya and other Cajun offerings are also available.

Dry-aged steaks are a popular option at one of the restaurant’s other locations and it’s something McCurdy hopes to implement in Idaho Falls. Rib Eye Steak and Cedar Planked Salmon, a salmon fillet grilled on a steaming cedar plank and covered in a Jamaican brown sugar glaze, is also popular.

The restaurant also includes a full bar and cocktail lounge with a garage door that will open directly to the patio and Broadway Plaza during the summer months.

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Rib & Chop was founded in 2001 by Burke and Melissa Moran and is based in Livingston, Montana. The duo hail from Louisiana, where they were introduced to the restaurant industry.

“Their dad had a restaurant there, and that’s what got them into the business,” McCurdy says. “They wanted to go somewhere else. They said, “Let’s raise the elevation and raise the steaks,” and they moved to Montana and started a business.

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A recent photo of the Morans after receiving an industry award. | Courtesy of Joshua Levitt

Kitchen manager Courtney Wilson says the couple discovered Idaho Falls on a recent trip to eastern Idaho and “fell in love with the community.”

The Idaho Falls store is the company’s 12th location. The others are scattered in Montana, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado.

One of the things that draws McCurdy to the Idaho Falls store is its proximity to the river and the city’s iconic waterfall.

“There’s something magical about being in downtown Idaho Falls. It’s small, it’s quaint, but you still have that busy body feeling. It’s definitely an interesting little place,” she says.

McCurdy says they plan to open additional storefronts in Idaho and expand its footprint in Gem State.

The Idaho Falls restaurant is decorated with photos of other well-known businesses and landmarks in the city, and McCurdy hopes people will feel right at home stopping by.

The Rib & Chop House will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week.

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Crews prepare for opening day. | Rett Nelson,



He came to eastern Idaho looking for a new lifestyle and now has a thriving excavation business.

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Joshua with his 7 year old son. | Joshua Dybka

IDAHO FALLS — Joshua Dybka was on top of a San Diego skyscraper when he knew his life had to change.

It was April 2018 and the 40-year-old crane operator was making $250,000 a year. It was his 75th hour on the job that week, and his wife texted him with a video of her daughter’s ballet recital.

“My heart broke in that moment,” Dybka told “I knew I’d be doing the same thing 10 years from now (having missed every little league game and ballet recital), and something inside of me snapped.”



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