Recently Rick’s Press Room in downtown Meridian celebrated two years of success in business while being featured on the popular Food Network program Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives hosted by Guy Fieri. Congratulations to Rick’s for this recognition (p.s. try their chili chicken wings…Yum!). While this program celebrated one of our great Meridian restaurants, it also helped remind us all about the new opportunities we have seen in our community in the last year, even in the last few weeks, when it comes to dining out.
Meridian recently welcomed two new restaurants along the Eagle Road corridor as Chili’s and Smashburger both opened their doors. They have joined a multitude of other restaurants that have recognized the opportunities that Meridian and its central location offers. With the addition of Buffalo Wild Wings, Chronic Tacos, Famous Dave’s, On the Border, Iceberg Drive Inn, Iggy’s and others along the Eagle Road corridor, dining opportunities for each and every palette are now present. This provides options for our community that previously required a trip to other locations in the Treasure Valley to enjoy.
While Eagle Road has seen the bulk of new eateries, the addition of Gino’s Italian Restaurante in the BridgeTower subdivision and Flatbread Community Oven in Downtown shows that businesses are choosing to call other areas of Meridian home as well. Whether they are moving from another part of the region or opening a second location, they know what we know – Meridian is a great place to do business.
It is unfortunate that some businesses have had to close their doors. However, overall there are more restaurants to choose from and other restaurants that will open soon such as Five Guys Burgers and Fries, expected to open in the next few months.
These all show a growing confidence in Meridian and give us all a reason to be grateful for new jobs and dining choices. I hope you will join me in welcoming our new businesses, taking the time to get out and support existing favorites like Epi’s, Vina, Louies, or Sa-wad-dee, as well as long-time Meridian favorites such as the Hungry Onion. Together we can prove there are a lot of great things happening in our community, so let’s continue to celebrate all that Meridian has to offer!
If you have had a great dining experience you would like to share or know of a new venue headed to Meridian, send me an email at MayorTammy@meridiancity.org. We want to Celebrate Meridian with you each Monday with examples of the many people and events that make our community a premier city to live, work, and raise a family.