Say the phrase “eating at the Northern” and throngs of folks across Montana will launch into stories of celebrating life’s milestones at the prestigious establishment.
For more than a century the Northern Hotel has been part of the Billings landscape. Opened in 1904, on the corner of 1st Ave. N. and N. Broadway, the establishment quickly became the social center of the burgeoning city. And, like any meet and greet place, the gathering centered on a lavish meal.
Throughout its storied history the Northern Hotel has stood as a Billings landmark, giving “Billings-ites” a place to celebrate – large or small – weddings, anniversaries, political events and business ventures. Food frequently dominated those memorable celebrations.
The renowned Golden Belle Saloon’s opulent décor of the 60s and 70s gave way to a new generation of Northern Hotel atmosphere when brothers Mike and Chris Nelson re-opened the stately facility in 2013.
Today, Bernie’s Diner and TEN (named after the Nelson brothers’ parents, Bernie and Thomas Edison Nelson), continue the Montana tradition of gastronomical delights within a unique ambiance, making it a social center once again.