From waiter to owner: Helena’s Wassweiler to change hands

Nolan Lister

The Wassweiler Dinner House and Pub, a historic upscale restaurant 2 miles outside of Helena, will change ownership come fall its current owner, Marci Andersen, said in an interview Tuesday.

Andersen and future owner Keith Jackson said they are still working out the details. The KW Commercial sale brochure listed the .92-acre property at $1.5 million.

Jackson said he has spent his whole life in the food service industry. He cut his teeth in his parents’ Missoula restaurant, Front Street Pasta and Wraps.

He said he has worked in a few restaurants since, including The Wassweiler for more than two years. While under the management of Andersen, he worked as a server and ran the restaurant’s beer and wine program. He also organized its popular wine dinners, a recurring event that brought in wine producers for a one-night only food menu tailored to the special wine selections. The wine dinners have been cut from the repertoire since COVID.

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