Black Bear Diner is opening its first Montana location

Posted at 11:31 AM, Sep 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-21 13:31:58-04

Great Falls will soon be home to a new restaurant – the Black Bear Diner.

Jolisa Johnson, the vice-president of marketing for Black Bear Diner, confirmed to MTN News that they plan to open on the southwest side of Great Falls.

They have started work on remodeling the former Moonshine Grill (aka Shoot The Moon), which closed several years ago. They hope to be open by the end of the year.

Black Bear Diner serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and says that the most popular menu item is chicken fried steak.

Black Bear Diner was founded in Mounta Shasta, California, in 1995, and now has 118 locations in 10 states, including California, Idaho, Washington, and Utah.

The company website says that every diner features custom artwork from the inside out, and notes that the bear carvings reflect the local flavor of each diner. You’ll find bears as skiers, fighter pilots, grape-stompers and more.

Before it became the Moonshine Grill, the building was the Macaroni Grill. Macaroni Grill opened in 2008, and the owners switched it to the Moonshine Grill in late 2012.

Moonshine Grill and On The Border closed in late 2015.

We will update you as we get more information.