Last Chance Pub and Cider Mill is opening Tuesday, Nov. 15, after a weekend soft opening with industry and VIP guests.
On Tuesday as he showed a visitor an early menu, front of the house manager Tanner Vinecke talked of the delicious sweet potato and mushroom tacos the staff had for lunch that day. Chef Jason Corbridge, founder of the popular Cafe DeCamp restaurant, likes to experiment with fresh local foods, and if he can turn it into a vegan dish, all the better.
“People who are familiar with Jason’s approach will appreciate what he’s doing here,” Vinecke said.
Last Chance Pub and Cider Mill, 2203 Montana Ave., will offer casual pub dining and a dining room. And don’t expect to watch the football there because there will be no big-screen TV or casino games.
“If somebody wants to watch sports on TV, there are enough sports bars in town to do that,” Vinecke said.
The historic brick building is being leased by Lindsey and Sam Hoffman, who founded Red Lodge Ales Brewing Co. Last Chance Pub will devote nine taps to Red Lodge Ales beer and initially offer one in-house cider, made in Red Lodge. The cider mill on site will be up and running soon with a batch of cider to offer to the public.
Also on tap will be a cider from Oregon and four wines from around the world. They will sell local wines by the bottle.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. It will be closed on Thanksgiving and most likely Christmas. Reservations for large groups may be made by calling 406-534-8918.
The building was most recently used as a glass shop, but in the early 1900s it was a Case Tractor factory. Vinecke said he is obtaining a photo taken in the early 1900s of employees of the tractor factory and hoping to mount it above the bar.
“History is a lot of what we want to reflect on here,” Vinecke said.