Judy and Jodie Christensen just couldn’t let go of the restaurant business in Red Lodge.
The former longtime owners of Bogart’s purchased Café Regis Jan. 3, taking over a smaller “retirement restaurant” with a solid reputation for organic, locally sourced food.
“It’s not broke. It’s a wonderful menu,” Judy Christensen said last week.
The Christensens bought Café Regis at 501 S. Word Ave. from Gary Ferguson and his wife, Mary Clare. The former grocery store was renovated in 2001 and began operating as a restaurant in 2002.
Fruits and vegetables are grown in a back garden, and the Christensens are keeping the gardener, three chefs and 10 total employees.
The menu will remain largely the same, with vegetarian dishes, omelets, huevos rancheros and other items.
The Christensens owned Bogart’s for 23 years before selling at the beginning of the decade, and they’re planning to add a few touches of their own. One is the pork-out platter, a hearty dish with an eight-ounce pork cutlet served on biscuits and gravy, with hashbrowns and a side of ham or bacon.
It’s an idea Jodie Christensen got after “watching too many cooking shows,” his wife said.
The couple are also planning to raze a condemned house on the property and build a new bungalow so they can be near the garden.
Café Regis is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through Monday. In the summer, the restaurant opens at 6 a.m.
Beyond the Cup
Off the Leaf is becoming Beyond the Cup in Billings.
A new sign is up outside 819 Grand Ave., but other brands, such as the Facebook page, haven’t yet changed. The owners said in a message they’re planning a grand reopening.
The “name change reflects that we are about more than selling a cup of coffee. We want to go beyond that in building relationships and loving our community,” a representative wrote.
Island night club closes
The Island Nightclub at 1520 Wyoming Ave. is closing Feb. 11, according to its Facebook page.
Representatives for the hip-hop club, which has operated for about two years, indicated that a different club will likely move in later this year.
On its last night, The Island will feature an appearance from multi-platinum artist Twista.
ABC Supply elevates manager
Wisconsin-based ABC Supply Co. announced last week it has promoted Alex Fonseca as manager of its Billings operation.
Fonseca will oversee daily operations of the branch at 5715 Interstate Ave., drive company growth and provide customer service, ABC officials said in a news release.
Fonseca started at ABC Supply in February 2016 in Lakewood, Wash., and moved to Billings in June. He's a graduate of Florida Atlantic University and played a year of professional baseball for a Los Angeles Angels rookie team in Arizona.
ABC Supply is the largest U.S. distributor of roofing and a major distributor of siding, windows and other building products. The company has 700 locations nationwide.
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