Longtime downtown Missoula cafe to close


The Catalyst Cafe on Higgins Avenue in downtown Missoula, which has been open for over three decades, announced it will close this fall.

Owners Denis Keast and Jim O’Byrne broke the news on Facebook over the weekend.

“We can finally confirm the rumors,” Keast wrote in the post. “Our lease is up and it’s time for a new chapter. The Cafe has operated in the Florence building for 32 years (and) Jim and I have owned it for just over 13.”

They had tried to sell the restaurant a couple times recently and didn’t find any buyers.

The popular breakfast and lunch restaurant often has a long waiting list, especially for brunch on weekends. The outside tables are especially busy in the summer.

“It’s been a wonderful ride,” Keast wrote. “We are eternally grateful for the loyal, loving support we have received during our run. As a native Missoulian I am incredibly proud to have been a part of this business community. Thank you all, sincerely.”

People are also reading…

The owners could not be reached for comment on Monday. The cafe is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The Catalyst is located in one

View Source