Category Archives: Food and Agriculture

Business Bites: Saibeen’s and Cattlemen’s Cut relocating; Jimmy John’s opening second location

Yes, the rumors are true, The Cattlemen’s Cut is likely moving into the former On the Border in Marketplace this spring. Owner Julie Meyer confirmed to The Electric that the move is in the works though details are still being finalized. “It’s going to happen, it’s in the works. It just takes time,” Meyer said. She’s listed the current restaurant

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Downtown Dice expanding; The Block opening soon; CHCC rebrands as Alluvion

The owners of Downtown Dice and Games had considered buying Amazing Toys before it went out of business but are instead expanding their own business into the space next door and adding a specialty toy shop. Nicole Wiegand said Friday that they’re hoping to open the new space this spring. The expansion will also come with rebranding and a new

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Craft butcher shop planned for downtown Great Falls

The space at 422 Central Ave. has been boarded up for some time now while crews worked on asbestos abatement. By the end of the year, Drew Hicks is hoping to open Central Avenue Meats, a craft butcher shop. During the Ignite Great Falls presentation, hosted by Great Falls Development Authority, on Friday, Hicks said the butcher shop will only

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Restaurant Week is returning to Great Falls in February

Restaurant Week is back for a second year in Great Falls. This year’s event is Feb. 15-24 and participating restaurants will showcase their talents with handcrafted menus at a fixed price. All participating restaurants and their menus are listed at www.GreatFallsMontanaRestaurantWeek.com. Restaurant Week is an opportunity to experience all the flavors Great Falls has to offer through its variety of restaurants.

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County gets more details on proposed cattle fee, but postpones vote to Jan. 22

County Commissioners postponed a vote on the proposed cattle fee to their Jan. 22 meeting. State law allows for the establishment of the fee if 51 percent or more of cattle producers in the county sign a petition in support. The number of cattle producers is determined by those who self report to the Montana Department of Revenue. Livestock owners report

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Finding the culinary path: Stogsdill nearing completion at Culinary Institute

Getting into the Culinary Institute of America was challenging, but the work there has Nicholas Stogsdill feeling older than his 20 years. The C.M. Russell graduate has just one semester left at the CIA’s California campus and it will be a grueling few months working in the school’s Gatehouse Restaurant. Stogsdill first found himself in the kitchen as punishment for getting

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City seeking proposals for cafe space at Rec Center

The City of Great Falls is requesting proposals for the full-time operation of a café/restaurant at the Community Recreation Center. The current area consists of 710 square feet of customer seating/serving area, 648 square foot kitchen area with walk in cooler and 1,420 square feet of additional space adjacent to the restaurant. “The city is interested in providing a quality

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KellerGeist Pub Theater bringing German heritage back to historic building downtown

The building at 111 Central Avenue is returning to its German roots and will open for the Christmas Stroll on Dec. 7. Jolene and Matthias Schalper bought the former theater building last fall and are opening the KellerGeist Pub Theater. “Matthias and I knew that we wanted to do something downtown,” Jolene said. They didn’t know what and then the

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County approves special use permit for honey processing

The Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment voted Thursday to approve a special use permit for Treasure State Honey in Fort Shaw. The owner, Jim Savoy, is proposing to add a honey processing facility to his property, which already includes an apiary and a gravel mine that was used by Shumaker Trucking and Excavating. Savoy said the new facility will

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Focus on food, drink and tourism can drive local Montana economies;

Visitors to Cascade County spent about $203.8 million at local restaurants, bars, hotels, gas stations, retailers and more, according to data from 2015-2016. Bed tax collections in the Great Falls area have also been trending up since 2007, according to Dax Schieffer, director of the non-profit Voices of Tourism. Schieffer spoke to a group of hoteliers, business owners and civic leaders

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