Archive for March 22nd, 2008

by Rebecca Schmitz

Poof! Another Missoula restaurant has vanished. According to New West, 515 closed its doors earlier this week. I realize I’m behind the curve on this news; other Missoulians noticed before I did. I only happened to find out because I was perusing New West during a quiet moment at work yesterday afternoon. Fifteen minutes and a few phone calls later–I had dinner reservations there last night for a belated birthday party and no one from 515 notified us of their closure–we scored a table at Red Bird. Their Tuscan grain salad, mushroom mille-feuille, and fig and apricot soufflé went a long way towards soothing my annoyance.

A few weeks ago in the Independent, Skylar Browning wondered aloud if Missoula can support a variety of upscale bars. I have to wonder the same of upscale restaurants. Did anyone else get a chance eat at the here today, gone tomorrow Epicurean Bistro, the great little Mediterranean-cum-Indian restaurant stranded among the used car lots, casinos and payday loan predators of central Missoula? I know the high rate of failure in the restaurant industry is a myth, but it sure seems like this is the one game in town with a constantly changing roster of players. Hell, even Krispy Kreme didn’t make it for long.

Any thoughts why some restaurants succeed here, and others don’t?

by jhwygirl

I have been putting off for weeks a good thorough move-the-furniture, wash the blankets, shake the rugs and get together at least 3 bags of stuff for the Salvation Army cleaning of the place.

Since the weather service is promising a 50+ degree for tomorrow, I’m thinking I better get after it today or feel guilty, again, for another week.  Gotta have at least a little bit of fun, right?

Besides, I got a feeling next weekend is going to be busy, busy, busy.


Got any observations or musings that you want to share?  Or just plain something you been wanting to say?  Have at it.

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