New owner and style revival at Old Saloon

By: 
Samantha Hill

The Old Saloon in Emigrant is not only under new management, it is also getting a revival to an updated Wild West style.

Recently purchased by Brett Evje, owner of Plonk, a wine bar in Bozeman, the Old Saloon has been apart of Park County culture since 1902. Evje, a fifth-generation Livingston resident said he enjoyed spending time at The Old Saloon as a child, so buying the business seemed like the right thing to do.

Unlike Plonk, which has a more modern feel, Evje said he wants to return The Old Saloon to its former glory, keeping many of the classic pieces of the business. He even plans to keep a menu similar to the old one, with a steakhouse feel and having a wide range of prices for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Currently the saloon is under a major reconstruction, involving rewiring, new ceilings, bathrooms and refinished flooring. However, when customers walk in, they will see the original bar and bar back made of original hardwood and Victorian-style molding.
Evje said he wanted to focus on style as well as quality.

“We want this place to be around for another 114 years,” he said.

Near the back will be a wood stove for cold days. There will also be a pool table, a refurbished game room and an original styled jukebox.

 Evje is adding a few unique touches, such as a bar connecting to the outdoor patio, as well as a fire pit and a horseshoe pit. Evje, along with his general manager, Megan Fishback, said there will also be a possibility for the establishment’s own brand of Old Saloon whiskey in the future.

“This will be a designation watering hole,” Evje said.

Evje said he hopes to open the business in the beginning of June but will hold a grand opening celebration July 1, with live music with a band yet to be determined. The proceeds from the event will go to Stafford Animal Shelter and mental health services for Park County.

With the reopening of the business, Evje and Fishback hope to attract not only tourists but also want locals to feel comfortable at the Old Saloon as well.

“I have a philosophy, and that is good food, good service and good atmosphere will keep people coming back,” Fishback said.

The Old Saloon is located on 210 Railroad Ln. in Emigrant. Hours are 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. for the restaurant and until 2 a.m. at the bar.

The saloon may be reached at 333-4482 or info@oldsaloonmt.com.

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