A Treasure In Dean Montana

In the small mining town of Dean. Montana, there is a restaurant for sale. The former operator of this location at 1383 Nye Road in Dean, is leaving to relocate in Red Lodge. This Dean Community Resturant was a destination location since the 1990s when owned by resident Jack Hanna of television fame and his brother Bush. It was known as Montana Hanna’s.

Jack Hanna was born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1947. He became the Director of the Columbia Zoo in 1972 and remained there until 1992. Jack has been seen on many television shows such as The Late Show with David Letterman and Larry King Live. This conservationist is also an author, having written close to a dozen books. He married in 1968 and has three daughters.

The restaurant opened as the Bar Y in the 1950s. It was a gathering place for the active Benbow Mine’s chromium miners. The mine is now closed. In 2003, the restaurant was purchased by Jeanne Gardiner and Tim Metarko. In 2010 the restaurant changed hands. They renamed it Montana Jack’s after the new owner Jack Mowell. It closed in 2014.

This Stillwater Valley restaurant is located on a 2.15-acre lot. An event building and outdoor entertainment facilities are included with the 5,128-square-foot restaurant building. The town of Dean is about 10 miles west of Fishtail and 70 miles southwest of Billings.

Owners Jack and Ann Mowell hired Chris Lockhart as the head chef and Gena Burghoff as their manager, thanks to investors Alexia and David Leuschen. The restaurant was renovated and given many upgrades. The main restaurant was converted from the large former bar building. The dark and sultry restaurant now has a light and open air ambiance.

The little Trout Hole Restaurant was transformed into a multifunctional smokehouse, office and private reception party club. Rooms were designed for catering special functions and celebrations. Their goal was to establish a loyal following including local, tourist, and corporate customers.

The property has a large bandstand perfect for hosting a musical concert series from classical to western. How about jazz or bluegrass? Their large patio is a great place for a pig pickin’ or a barbecue. This is a great location for hosting a party or gathering.

Any interest or inquiries should be addressed to Colbert Real Estate in Fishtail.