Diane and Bill Eusterman retire and are contracted to sell El Comedor to Fluffy Inc., a local catering company run by Sandra Haverlandt.
“Our family has enjoyed El Com since its beginnings at Pin-n-Cue Restaurant and we look forward to continuing the tradition,” Brett Haverlandt told The Electric in an email.
On May 1, the restaurant will close for a minor renovation and reopen with the same food, the Haverlandts told The Electric.
Business Bites: The Wild Hare open; Rise Athletics in domestic competition; Alumni Club blacklisted by Malmstrom; Upcoming Trail Mixer and Legacy Awards
The remodel will expand the current bar for more seating. The four gaming machines currently in the bar will be moved to a private area of the dining room with a separate west-facing entrance and add about nine more machines, the Haverlandts told The Electric. The area will be separate from the dining rooms and the restaurant’s seating capacity will remain about the same, the family said.
The restaurant’s general manager will be Melissa Rardon, who has been the restaurant’s primary employee for 15 years, according to the Haverlands.
Bargain Bites: Jersey Mike’s, Jimmy John’s Open; Best donuts for sale; Upcoming Mountain Berry Bowls; Closing showroom of B&B Prêt et Location; Home and garden show this weekend
“We plan to work very quickly to reopen the restaurant as soon as possible and plan to employ some of the staff during construction. We look forward to them returning to work when we reopen. Estimated time for remodeling is 30-60 days…depending on product availability,” the Haverlandts told The Electric in an email.
A new Taco Bell is planned for a shopping area next to the Panda Express near Walmart on the east side.
The city received a permit application for the project this week.
Business Bites: Tire shop for the former Prime Cut site; new cafe planned; Great Falls clinic expands; the housing peak is March 15; Malmstrom awards contract
grain of columbia
Work is underway at the old Fair Claim building at 120 1st Ave. N. The city approved an interior demolition permit on April 5 for Columbia Grain to renovate the office space.
The demonstration permit includes the removal of a carport, drywall and some doors, according to the planner. The city has also received a permit application for the office renovation and that permit is currently under review.
The owners of American Bar last week declared April 16 their last day.
“Unfortunately the situation with our current location – our employees had to take on new jobs (with the uncertainty of the bar situation they needed job security). We wish them all the best and thank them very much for all their hard work! We will all miss you very much, and thank you for your support over the past 5 years,” the owners wrote on their Facebook page.
Business Bites: OP closed; Cafe Paniolo open; Opening of life in bloom; closure of Mike’s Movies; Act Normal Theater performing in March
Mountain Berry Bowls
Mountain Berry Bowls, a new food truck in Great Falls, opens this week.
They will be at 2515 10th Ave. S. in the parking lot behind JoAnn Fabrics.
Follow their Facebook page for their weekly schedule.
Business Bites: GFDA Releases Study on Housing Needs; New City Church moves to former Tribune Building; Leadership Great Falls raises funds for Alliance for Youth; new casino planned on 10th Avenue South; The Wild Hare is set to open in March; Family Promise opens new shelter; GFPS Hosts Orchestra Festival; Central Catholic Receives Donation for Scholarship; AWARE working on an office space; life coach accepting clients; work on the church in the town center has ceased
New food trucks
Nourish’s Lyndsay Gutierrez and Spices N Spurs’ Cassie Campbell hosted a food truck boot camp workshop earlier this year and from there, six new food truck operations are coming to Great Falls this summer.
Nosh, a restaurant and food truck operation, will open during the April 30 bridal walk downtown.
Okii Eats is Korean-Native fusion.
Momma Belles is a southern style kitchen.
Fiesta Food Truck and Catering is Mexican/Border style food.
Two other trucks are also in the works, one for Mexican food and one for ice cream, Gutierrez said.
She said some have their own trucks and some will use Nourish or Spices N Spurs trucks to start their business.
Bites of business: Community recreation center offering activities during the winter holidays; The revolutionary Big Iron Truck Wash; former owners of Fox Farm Diner sued in district court; Benefis opens a center for women and children; PRo Rodeo Circuit Finals Tickets On Sale; Reisig elected Vice-Chair of the National Board of Directors
They will all have their own menus, times, branding and events, but will share and do it for a while.
Nourish will be out all next week in front of the Great Falls Montana Visitor Center on Overlook Drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
People from each of the trucks participating in Gutierrez and Campbell’s startup program will be there during the week to observe truck operations as part of their training, Gutierrez said.
The CY Thai food truck, which is not part of the start-up program, opened last week and is usually located at 2nd Ave. N. and 38th Street. Follow their Facebook page for times, locations and menus.
Bargain bites: New Starbucks location; closure of a thrift store; Rainbow International opens in a new location; The new location of the first command; Falls Print Works moved; UP 12 days of gifts; Board Fusion; Opening of the new Citizens Alliance branch; Malone appointed to National Council
Jolene and Matthias Schalper are looking for a chef for their planned kitchen expansion into the space they currently use at 300 1st Ave. S. for the KellerGeist Pub Theatre. More details on this plan will be available soon.
Tres65 expands into the former Sora & Company space in the 100 block of Central Avenue.
It’s a “modern celebration studio that will showcase two unique event spaces, a timeless PlayCafe and a well-stocked celebration shop,” according to the company.
Business Bites: The Commons on Central is coming to JJs old bakery; The renovation of the Wild Hare is progressing; demonstration permit issued for former China Buffet; Studio Barre celebrates its third anniversary; Cassiopée organizing events; Hi-Line Climbing’s expansion continues; NWGF acquires more land
Malmstrom Air Force Base Contract
Malmstrom AFB Contracting Squadron has awarded a contract to install a dewatering system at a launch facility to BRY Enterprise, LLC of Great Falls for $1,030,330. The execution period for this award is 90 calendar days after the issuance of the notice to proceed.
Lot of barking
The City of Great Falls Animal Shelter is hosting its Barking Lot event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 30 at the shelter at 1010 25th Ave. NOT
This event is open to the public and free, but there will be items for purchase. The walk-in event will include dog playgroups, a new sale for you, and food trucks. Purple Gold and Taqueria Ibarra will sell food and donate
a portion of their profits are donated to the animal shelter.
Bites of business: Five Guys is open; county reviewing marijuana rules; NWGF celebrates owner-built homes; Upcoming Tidal Wave Car Spa; open urgent care clinic; Dracut Hill speed limit; Vaughn’s fire costs increased; Sun Prairie Village Wastewater Improvements; Little Shell Listening Sessions
The shelter also has Bissell Pet Foundation to participate in the Empty the Shelters event from May 2-7.
Anyone who stops by to fill out an adoption application at the Barking Lot event will receive a voucher for a free adoption at the Empty the Shelters event.
More information about events and the shelter on their Facebook page or by calling 406-454-2276.
Toby’s House Crisis Nursery received the 2022 Nonprofit Organization of the Year Award for Strengthening Families from the Montana Children’s Trust Fund.
The award was presented at the Montana Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect Conference in mid-April.
Toby’s House is the state’s first crisis nursery and serves as a resource for families and children at risk of neglect and abuse, according to a statement.
Bargain bites: opening of the Honey Hippo Play Cafe; Porkie D moves out; GFDA Hosts Community Meeting on Economic Development Strategy; new Mexican food truck; Sip ‘n Dip Finalists Announced; Big River Ruckus this weekend; no, we still don’t get Olive Garden
Family Promise of Great Falls received a $10,000 grant to help keep some families in their homes while diverting other families from homelessness or emergency shelters to stable housing.
The grant was announced by the national Family Promise program and its partner Clayton, a national home builder.
The grant requires the Family Promise of Great Falls to match the grant with $10,000 in local contributions, according to a statement.
The agency hopes to increase this match during the Give Great Falls event from May 2-6 and their Family Promise Giving Day on April 28.
The combined $20,000 will be used to help families secure stable housing or avoid eviction through the payment of a deposit, rent or overdue rent, according to a statement.
Last year, the agency resumed operations, providing families with emergency shelter in hotels, referral services to other agencies, and showers and snacks at the Hub, located in the Central Christian Church at 1019 Central Ave.
In February 2022, Family Promise rented a north side duplex where up to two families can stay at a time for about 90 days until permanent housing can be found, according to the agency.
For more information about the agency, volunteering, or donations, visit their website or call 406-866-0064.
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