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?

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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.

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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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