Montana's is known for their ribs, steaks, rotisserie chicken and other lodge fare. The restaurant aims to be a family/casual concept, rather than fine dining. The theme of the restaurant is of a lodge/wilderness setting and they try to provide guests with an escape to simpler times. Montana's has been promoted in TV ads consisting of a mounted buck and moose hunting trophies conversing about the restaurant.
There are restaurants located in all the Canadian provinces except Quebec and Prince Edward Island (where the chain withdrew), and none in the three territories. As of February 2009, Montana's closed their United States locations in Michigan and New York. It is reported that as of 2010, the busiest restaurant was located in South Common, Edmonton, Alberta, though now Fort McMurray and a few other stores in Ontario have surpassed South Common.
Montana's Cookhouse first opened its doors in 1995 as a subsidiary of Kelsey's. The original idea was thought up by Kelsey's owner Paul Jeffery and its president Nils Kravis. In 1999, Cara Operations obtained controlling interest in Kelsey's, including the Montana's chain. Cara completed its acquisition of the entire company 2002. As of 2009[update], the president of Montana's is Andy O'Brien, who is also president of Kelsey's.
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