Santa Fe Reds at 1223 Grand Ave., closed last month, but the space will soon reopen under the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s flag.
Last October, Tim Redelsperger and wife, Heidi, opened Montana’s only Beef ‘O’ Brady’s restaurant in Great Falls and are opening one next month in Billings.
“It’s not like anything in Billings right now,” Redelsperger said. “It’s a family sports environment.”
The franchise offers a diverse menu and an interactive video game arcade for children.
The 7,400-square-foot building will have a casino separated from the restaurant with a full-liquor license and up to 40 beers on tap.
The building is being remodeled according to Beef ‘O’ Brady’s latest contemporary look, including 35, 50-inch flat-screen TVs.
The Redelspergers are based in Bozeman where their company, Fresh Concepts LLC, runs Baja Fresh and Canyons Burger Co., two restaurants that share a building.
Fresh Management Corp, a joint venture between the Redelspergers and their business partners, Jim and Linda Wood of Boise, will run the Billings restaurant, which they are leasing.
Despite its name, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s is best known for the founder’s recipe for Buffalo chicken wings, according to its website.
The Tampa, Fla., franchise operates more than 210 sports pubs and restaurants in 21 states and claims a strong commitment to the community, including schools and sports leagues.
Two weeks ago, Tim Redelsperger stayed at The Northern Hotel and checked out downtown’s revitalization.
“It was one of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept in and the décor was great,” he said. “There are some really neat things happening in Billings, especially with what’s going on downtown with the brew pubs and independent restaurants.”
Out and about
-- The Elks Tennis Center at 934 Lewis Ave., has hired another pro. Late last month, Jerry Peach started managing the club and teach tennis at the city's most modern courts. The $2.2 million facility opened one year ago. The final contract with Peach should be completed in a couple weeks, said Al Kersich, exalted ruler of Elks Club Lodge No. 394.
"He understands the sport of tennis but he also understands the business of tennis," he said.
-- Scott and Rebecca Demaree have changed the name of Gardiner’s grocery store that opened in 1904 to Gardiner Market. The business, which sells groceries and liquor, has had many names, including North Entrance Shopping Center and the Food Farm.
-- Cloud Nine Design, which sells Memories Engraving services, party invitations, balloons and more, has opened a store at 801 14th St. W., Suite A. The business has downsized from when it was called Let’s Party-The Party Store.
-- The MasterLube store at 203 SE Fourth St. in Laurel is open.
Scams du jour
Montanans are receiving more calls than normal promising that they can collect Mega Millions if they send money to claim the prize. The Montana Consumer Protection Office is reminding people that it is illegal to charge a fee to collect lottery winnings. Also, don’t give personal information to anyone who calls. It could be a scam. The state of Montana runs its own lottery, but you have to buy a ticket at a retail outlet.
A Shepherd area rancher recently received a letter addressing him as “The President” of his farm.
"Mrs. Rose Charles Taylor," claiming to be the wife of the former Liberia president Charles Taylor, promised to pay him 20 percent of $10 million if he would help her family transfer money from Johannesburg, South Africa, to “a beautiful country” where her family isn’t known.
She wrote that her husband’s trial in The Hague, Netherlands, was unfair. Like most scams, the perpetrator tries to build credibility by tying the pitch to a news story. A year ago, The Hague sentenced Charles Taylor to 50 years in prison for war crimes.
Two bachelors were talking first about sports, and then about food and cooking. One guy said he bought a cookbook once, but could never do anything with it.
“Too much fancy stuff to cut and measure,” one bachelor asked?
“No, it’s just that every recipe started the same way, ‘Take a clean dish,’ ” he said.