Business Bites: Barges on the river; Loading Zone closing; car wash proposed for former Ryan’s Cash and Carry; Nourish kitchen moving; Signature Med Spa open; bakery opens; fitness equipment installed in Gibson Park; Jazz Night at The History Museum; Invest Downtown is Oct. 20

Updated Sept. 22

Barges on the river

The city hired TD&H Engineering to conduct topographic survey, geotechnical investigations, complete the project design, plan development, assemble bid packages, assist with bidding, and contractor selection for a sanitary sewer improvement project.

TD&H is currently working with Sletten Construction to a conduct geotechnical investigation of the river at the crossing location and the barge that is being installed will support the drill needed to conduct the investigation, according to the public works department.

Here’s the background on the project: City to consider $1.3 million contract for design for a sewer main river crossing

Loading Zone

The Loading Zone, Playground and Buffalo are closing Sept. 30.

Jason Hufford, one of the owners, said that they are closing the businesses since they’re no longer able to find affordable insurance for the businesses.

He told The Electric that the building has not yet sold.

Family Affair

Family Affair restaurant at 616 26th St. N. is closing on Sept. 23, according to the restaurant.

2K’s Kafe

2K’s Kafe has closed and plans to sell the business fell through, according to the restaurant and the real estate agent on the sale.

Business Bites: 2Ks Kafe closing; Missouri River Diner moving; 10th Street Bridge trail connection open; Digital Karma Tattoo open; Coffee Republic opening; Nautilus building sold

La Cocina

La Cocina, a new restaurant by the former managers of the now closed Fiesta En Jalisco by the mall, has opened in the former Fox Farm Diner space at 1709 Alder Drive.

Business Bites: Western Feed Corral; Malmstrom contracts; El Comedor, La Cocina set to open in September; Healthy Habits class at GF Clinic

A&K Diner

A&K Diner, formerly the Missouri River Diner, opened Sept. 22 in the former Lippi’s Kitchen space.

Business Bites: A&K opening pushed; O’Haire Inn renovation; Harvest Craft Kitchen moving; Carlson Q closing restaurant; theatre company starting; community band auditions; Malmstrom contract; NWGF receives grant; Roadhouse nominated for award


Nosh MT Catering + Take and Go Kitchen has opened at 4307 North Star Blvd. No. 3. Follow their Facebook page for hours, meal options and more information.

The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers

The Farmer’s Daughter Fibers is hosting an anniversary party on Sept. 24 to celebrate two years in their Central Avenue location.

Ryan’s Cash and Carry

A car wash has been proposed for the former Ryan’s Cash and Carry property at 833 Smelter Ave.

The city received a permit application for the project that would repurpose the existing building for the vacuuming portion and construction a new building for the car wash and a small office.


Nourish is moving its teaching kitchen from the 200 block of Central Avenue to Antioch Church at 4700 10th Ave. S.

Signature Med Spa

Signature Med Spa opened in the Hub International building at 400 Park Drive S. and is owned by Connan and Deana Moler.

Brick House Bakery

Brick House Bakery has opened a storefront at 721 6th St. S.W. Unit C. Check their Facebook page for hours and details.

Business Bites: New Mexican restaurant opening; Great Falls Clinic downsizing; tourism denies more funding for Expo Park study; downtown leadership changes; NeighborWorks Great Falls expands to Havre

Airport Job Fair

The Great Falls International Airport is hosting a job fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29. The airport and tenants will be participating, including Love’s, Holman Aviation, FedEx, car rental agencies, the airport restaurant and catering vendors and more.

Invest Downtown

The Great Falls Development Authority is hosting Invest Downtown on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at The Newberry.

Invest Downtown is an annual event that highlights successful downtown projects, new downtown businesses and opportunities for growth and development.

Yaron Goldman, CEO of Rib and Chop House, is one presenter who will discuss plans for their downtown 5,000-plus square-foot restaurant at 21 Third Street North – the former location of a Wells Fargo bank.

Register here.

Construction in Gibson Park

Outdoor fitness equipment, a park maintenance district project, is being installed in Gibson Park next to the basketball courts.

City completes multiple park district projects

Jazz Night at The Ozark Club

From 1933 to 1962, The Ozark Club sprang to life six nights a week with some of the hottest jazz music and entertainment between Chicago and the West Coast. Each year, The History Museum celebrates this heritage and a truly American artform with jazz music in the Ozark.

Jazz Night is Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. at the museum with the Halie Loren Trio.

Tickets are $40 for museum members and $50 for non-members. Call 406-452-3462 or visit the Museum to purchase tickets.

Malmstrom contract

The Malmstrom Air Force Base Contracting Squadron has awarded a contract for the high temperature hot water distribution assessment to Wadsworth Builders Company for $292,401. The period of performance for this award is 120 calendar days after issuance of the notice to proceed.

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