Pinky’s, Mordam Art building receiving face-lift

By: 
Liz Kearney

When the plywood comes down, two South Main Street businesses will have a new look. 

Pinky’s Café and Mordam Art are getting a new facade and energy-efficient windows, and Pinky’s is acquiring a whole new interior, café owner Morgan Milton said Tuesday. 

“We gutted Pinky’s,” he said.

 Pinky’s is getting a whole new interior, kitchen and ventilation system, right down to the floors and walls and new plumbing. 

And the two businesses are getting new windows, new stucco and new awnings.

“It will help people know there are two businesses under the awning,” Milton said. 

The iconic Pinky’s counter will remain, and new, handmade banquettes will be constructed, he said. 

Next door, the Mordam Art Gallery, owned by Parke and Bonnie Goodman, is also a construction zone, with new windows and a front door being installed. The window installation is complete and she immediately noticed a difference, Bonnie Goodman said Tuesday. 

“We can already tell the place is warmer,” she said.

She and Parke are making good use of the time while their business is closed to work on a construction project at their Livingston home, Goodman said. 

The biggest issue, she joked, is that her shop cats are feeling neglected. 

“People have to come in and slather Sly with snuggles,” when the shop reopens, she said.

Milton, who has owned Pinky’s for four years, secured a grant from the City of Livingston’s Urban Renewal Agency’s Facade and Energy Efficiency grant program.

“They’ve been really great to work with,” he said. 

The URA board, made up of local volunteers, accepts applications for facade and energy efficiency grants three times a year, with Jan. 1, April 1 and Oct. 1 deadlines, according to the board’s grant guidelines. The grant program may pay up to 50 percent of the cost of eligible improvements. The full text of the grant guidelines is available on the city’s website at www.livingstonmontana.org. Once there, go to the URA page. 

The URA’s regularly scheduled meeting takes place on the third Wednesday of each month at 8:30 a.m. and is held in the City-County Complex. 

Milton said  his reopening date is uncertain at this point, but a day sometime in March is expected. He’s planning a public reopening reception to show off the new Pinky’s in advance of opening up for business as usual. He suggests those interested in attending follow Pinky’s on Facebook for announcements. 

“Pinky’s will still be there,” he said. “It’s going to be beautiful.” 

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Liz Kearney may be reached at lkearney@livent.net.