‘A community treasure’: Montana Club seeks resurgence in downtown Helena

The iconic Montana Club in downtown Helena, which rose from the ashes after being destroyed by a fire in 1903 and sidestepped urban renewal in the 1970s, is once again seeking new life as it tries to become a much-desired destination for the public.

Vijay Dias, the club’s board president, told members of Hometown Helena last week that the Montana Club has hired an executive chef and is now open to the public, serving dinner Wednesday through Saturdays.

“We’ve got a top culinary chef, but it’s still a struggle and we are still working hard,” he said.

Dias said the club is having a $100-a-plate Winter Solstice Gala and Silent Auction on Dec. 21 as a fundraiser. The meal features huckleberry glaze ham l’orange with sweet potato puree, green bean almondine and charred lemon.

Vijay Dias is the Montana Club’s board president.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

Dessert is white chocolate-covered strawberries. For more information, go to https://montanaclub.coop/.

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