Montana January 12, 2018
9 Restaurants In Montana We Wish Would Re-Open Immediately
Restaurants come and restaurants go–and while it’s always sad to see a beloved icon turn off its lights for good, there’s usually a new exciting eatery that takes its place. Still, there are some dining establishments that leave a hole in our hearts when they close their doors, especially when they knew just how to make our favorite foods.
Montana is 128 years old, so obviously this is a small sample of the many eateries that have come and gone. But it sure would be nice if they were still around.
1. The Libby Cafe
The Libby Cafe opened its doors in 1994, promptly winning us over with their amazing huckleberry flapjacks. The owners retired at the end of April 2017, and while we wish them well, we miss their hearty breakfasts already.
2. The Rex, Billings
While no one would argue that The Rex served the best food in town, it was sad to see a 107-year-old establishment shut its doors last year, especially since it was on the National Register of Historic Places.
3. John Bozeman's Bistro, Bozeman
After 34 years, John Bozeman's Bistro closed its doors suddenly in 2016 amid rumors of financial troubles. The locals were sad to see it go.
4. Curley's Broiler, Missoula
After almost 70 years in business, Curley’s Tavern and Broiler in Missoula closed its doors for good on New Year’s Eve in 2014. It was a local icon, and there hasn't been anything quite like it since.
5. Lisa’s Lamplighter, Butte
Hearts broke around Butte when Lisa's Lamplighter served their last plate of prime rib on December 31, 2007. And while we understand that all good things must come to an end, nothing could ever replace this place's huge portions and old school atmosphere.
6. Aster, Helena
When the Holiday Inn in Helena was renovated, the restaurant and wine bar, Aster, didn't stick around. And considering they served delicious food and lobation, that's a shame.
7. The 5th Quarter, Billings
This Country Inn & Suites was the site of a true sports bar, The 5th Quarter, which opened in the 70s. The building later housed Roger's Showboat and the Players Club, but The 5th Quarter was especially charming.
8. Tower Pizza, Missoula
After 45 years of serving Missoula mouthwatering pizza, Tower Pizza closed its doors in 2017, much to everyone's dismay.
9. Truby's Fine Food & Spirits,
Truby's was a beloved staple in Whitefish for over 20 years, and the locals were devastated when the wood-fired pizzeria closed last year.
These Montana restaurants might (sadly) be closed, but you’ll still have
plenty of delicious options for dining out.