Looks like some of the rumors are true: Tony Roma’s will close on December 31. And until then, it will be open only from 4-9 pm on Mon-Thu, apparently. After that, it will likely be “re-purposed” into an On The Border restaurant, which should open in April.
There was an “all-hands” meeting at Tony Roma’s this morning, and the staff was told about this. Most of them will be able to keep their jobs by moving temporarily to Chili’s or Macaroni Grill until (likely) On The Border opens, at which point they will be able to move “back” over there.
Two things: it’s sad to lose Tony Roma’s. I really like it – and as noted earlier, their Cheesy Burger is probably my favorite in town. But it’s good that it’s going to transform into another restaurant. Never been to an On The Border – but it sure sounds good. And it will give Great Falls another Mexican/Tex-Mex choice; not “fast” food like the beloved Taco Treat and Taco John’s, and not quite as “authentically” Mexican as Fiesta en Jalisco, but a nice mid-range Tex-Mex place.