Category Archives: Food and Agriculture

Food trucks are allowed in Great Falls, city has fielded few requests

Since we reported that PurpleGold, a acai bowl and waffle food bus, was coming to the city this summer, some readers had questions about the food truck rules in Great Falls. “The zoning code is silent on food trucks,” said Tom Micuda, deputy planning director at the City of Great Falls. Until the city determines it wants a food truck

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Business Bites: PurpleGold açaí bowl and waffle bus coming; Tracy’s reopening; Cambridge Court closing, BeeHive expanding

Açaí bowls and waffles will be hitting the road in Great Falls this summer. Ryan and Ashley Smith are preparing to launch PurpleGold, an açaí bowl and waffle bus. The açaí bowls will be made from blending the açaí berry into a thick smoothie, topped with gluten free granola, fresh fruit, chia seeds, hemp seeks, almonds, peanut butter, bee pollen,

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Great Falls pedlet program gets national attention; pedlet season opens May 1 with new Pedlet Passport

Pedlet season starts May 1 and Great Falls’ pedlet program has garnered national attention. The first pedlet opened at Might Mo Brewing Company in 2017 and this year, there will be more pedlets downtown plus the “suspendlet,” a second story balcony at Elevation 3330 on Central Avenue. The pedlets are extensions of the sidewalk around sidewalk dining into parking spaces

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Cheese processing plant proposed as first part of Madison Food Park; application submitted to Cascade County planning

The county planning office received an application last week from Big Sky Cheese, LLC on property owned by Madison Food Park. The county received the application on April 25. It was posted on the county website April 29. The application is for a value-added agricultural commodity processing facility for a cheese processing plant. The application will go through the Zoning

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Lease approved for city-owned property near Manchester exit

Last week, the City Commission voted to approve a lease of about 316 acres of city-owned property about 3.5 miles north of the Manchester exit for three years. The city approved the lease to Ronald Laubach, the lone bidder, for $7,000 per year or $21,000 over the three-year lease term, which has an option for renewal. Laubach bid on the

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Longtime friends opening Elevation 3330 in downtown Great Falls

It’s been 22 years in the making and Great Falls’ newest public house is nearly ready to open. Elevation 3330 is going into the second story of Four Ten Central, also known as the Strain Building. It will feature 24 beers on tap, high-end keg wine plus another 40 bottles on hand, cocktails with dry ice and the city’s first

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Great Falls named among top 100 places to live

Great Falls made the list of the top 100 places in this year’s ranking by Livability.com. Great Falls made the list for the first time, coming in at 97. Brett Doney of the Great Falls Development Authority told City Commissioners on Tuesday that in the past Great Falls didn’t even make the top 1,000 a few years ago. Billings and

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