I had to make a quick run out to Malmstrom today, and on the way back into town stopped at the mall, where I met Joe, the former owner of the Cookie Jar — a place from the mid-80s that some of you likely remember.
He’s a super guy, and he explained that his daughter is re-opening the Cookie Jar in the exact same spot it once occupied! It’s upstairs right next to the GNC store — used to be Coffee Etc and Amy’s Morning Perk.
He said that at one point, there were at least three Cookie Jar locations in Great Falls (Times Square, mall, and on 38th Street), and one in Billings.
His grand-daughter (who owns Eye Candy downtown) was also there, and she happened to have one of the original Cookie Jar t-shirts from the 80s with the raccoon mascot. I suggested they should consider having a contest to name the raccoon, and bless her heart, she quickly replied, “His name is Bandit!” BUT OF COURSE! All raccoons are named Bandit! I didn’t realize that there were other people who knew that
Anyway — back to the cookies — Joe said that they plan to open sometime within the next two weeks. They had planned to open this weekend, but there’s still some equipment work being done.
Also on tap at the Cookie Jar: frozen yogurt — which according to a lot of comments I’ve seen on the KRTV Facebook page was out-of-this-world — and cinnamon rolls and other goodies.
Haven’t tried Luz’s Mexican Food yet, but I do plan to sometime soon. I’ve read generally good reviews. Took a look inside last week — they’ve redone the whole thing, looks pretty good. But it did make me a bit nostalgic for the “N’awlins” decor it had when Goode brothers had it.
I’m not a big soup fan, but Porkie D’s Soup to Go is a neat idea, and might be a perfect use for that little building. And the name of the place is really, really cute, although with the word “Porkie” in the name, I suspect some folks might be disappointed that they don’t serve…you know…pork. But the owners explained the name via a post on Facebook and noted: “3 of our homemade soups will have bacon in them to pay tribute to the name sake!” They plan to open on May 4th.
And you all KNOW that I am *very* excited about the Roadhouse Diner! I stopped by and got an inside peek from Jason and Tara, the owners — delightful couple! They are SO excited about opening, and working like crazy to get the inside renovated for their June 1st opening. They’ve got a great eye for detail and are both extremely creative, and from what I saw, the decor and design will be amazing. Also of note: this was the FIRST location of Goode’s Q & Bayou
Last week, Rory Matthiesen posted on Facebook some photos and screenshots of documents that he says detail some bad practices at Fuddruckers in Great Falls. Here are some of the screenshots:
His post quickly went viral (by Great Falls standards), and people started flooding the Facebook pages of KRTV, KFBB, and the Great Falls Tribune asking them to look into it. As of today, no media outlets have mentioned it, perhaps wisely.
But quite a few people also tagged me in similar posts, and I checked into it. First of all, the photos don’t look particularly bad to me — I worked in quite a few restaurants in my younger days, and these pictures appear to be pretty routine for a busy restaurant. Just some regular wear-and-tear, a few spots need a little extra elbow-grease, etc.
Then I looked at the official Fuddruckers page on Facebook (for the GF location) and found this:
OMGOMGOMG — a new burger joint is coming to Great Falls — the Roadhouse Diner!
Looks like they plan to open on June 1st in the “log-cabin” building on 15th Street North, which used to be Goode’s (Pam’s Friendly Diner, etc).
They’ve got a website and a Facebook page, and promise some treats for folks who register via email:
“Join today and you’ll receive exclusive offers, a birthday freebie as well as a rewards card that gets you a free burger after 10 visits. Decent! And just for signing up, we’ll email you a coupon offer to boot.”
Also in the works: “Coming soon for cheese fries aficionados – an exclusive club that gathers once a month to try out new cheese fry recipes. Join the Roadie Rewards program for information!”
Looks like their motto/slogan is “Respect The Beef” — I can dig it.