This year, the City of Victor chose to honor long time Victor business owners Brice and Whitni Nelson of the Knotty Pine Supper Club.
According to the City of Victor, Brice and Whitni are first and foremost a husband and wife team and the parents to three boys. They have been in Victor since 1996 and love Teton Valley for its rugged hills, deep powder and the ability to grow a business around music and great food.
For many years, Brice and Whitni have worked their magic in Victor and fill the restaurant with pure joy. They have hosted many events for organizations helping to seed their success in the valley. This helping hand was also extended to the city when officials needed a place to host the annual baked potato giveaway last December for the Victor Holiday Festival. “It was a wonderful venue for the community celebration and much appreciated,” said the City of Victor.
The Knotty has a long and storied history in Teton Valley.
According to Teton Valley Magazine, “Gambling was not unknown in Teton Valley either. An early photo taken in front of the first saloon in Victor shows several men sitting around a table playing cards with poker chips. People who remember when the Knotty Pine in Victor used to be the Log Cabin Bar also remembers people sitting around tables playing solo, frog, pinochle and other card games. According to Brent Michael Holmes in his book Victor, Idaho, saloons, bars and pool halls were all similar places of entertainment that usually featured billiards, card playing and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
Mountain Outlaw wrote recently of the Knotty Pine, “On the other side of Teton Pass in Victor, Idaho, the Knotty Pine Supper Club has been a low-key music hub for 50 years. For most of that time it was the definition of “intimate”: a tiny 165-capacity bar where you stood face-to-face with the band. About 10 years ago, owner Brice Nelson built a proper stage and dance floor, expanding capacity to fit up to 300 people. The acts are eclectic, from local string bands to an annual appearance by funk stalwarts Galactic. “We’ll do about anything and we’ve done everything,” Nelson says. “We try to keep it pretty loose.”
Thank you Brice and Whitni for continuing the hard work in the spirit of bringing together the some of most important things in life: a community, friends, family, food and music!