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First, the good news – Tracy’s is coming back! The iconic diner at the corner of Central Avenue and 1st Street closed several months ago, but now has new owners who plan to re-open soon.

There are “help wanted” postings being seen on Facebook, so if you’re looking for a job, check it out. No word yet on whether the table-top jukeboxes will remain, nor whether it will be a 24-hour diner again.

Now the bad news: the 5th Street Diner will be closing soon. I heard the rumor earlier today, and late this afternoon, the following message was posted on the Diner’s Facebook page:

It is with deep remorse that we are closing our doors after 20 years of serving our community and our friends. In the summer of 1999 we restored the old broken down Woolworth’s lunch counter and our star shined bright in downtown Great Falls ever since. Sadly we could not negotiate a realistic lease with our landlord and we are retiring a little sooner than expected. We would like to thank all of our wonderful customers for making our success possible.

The final day for the diner will be June 2nd. It’s very sad – the 5th Street Diner really is a unique and fun place.

Restaurants are notoriously hard to operate, and they open and close all the time in EVERY town across the country. That the 5th Street Diner was able to thrive for TWENTY YEARS is a great testament to Jim and Jodi and their crew, and the hard work they put into creating the diner. I wish them the very best, and thank them for making Great Falls a brighter place.

I haven’t been able to confirm yet, but have heard a rumor that Dragonfly Dry Goods, located right next door, will be expanding into the diner’s location. The owner of Dragonfly, Alison, apparently owns the building (based on several online comments I have seen, along with a quick online search), which seems to support that rumor.

I will post updates when I get more information.

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