Montana's BBQ & Bar
Montana's BBQ & Bar (originally and in some cases, still branded as Montana's Cookhouse) is a Canadian restaurant chain that specialises in in-house smoked pork ribs, steaks, and burgers. It is headquartered in Vaughan, Ontario and is a subsidiary of Recipe Unlimited.
They have 94 restaurants located in all the Canadian provinces except Quebec, 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 Fort McMurray and a few other stores in Ontario had surpassed South Common, it has since reclaimed the title as busiest Montana's in 2015.
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 (now known as Recipe Unlimited) 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.
As of 2015, Montana's has been slowly rebranding itself as Montana's BBQ & Bar complete with renovations and a slightly modified logo.
Montana's began a partnership with Scene in February 2015.
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