New Gulch restaurateurs 'fulfilling a dream' one 'sando' at a time

Nolan Lister

“The Hopper,” moniker of Last Chance Gulch’s newest restaurant, has many meanings.

Dan Bay, the co-owner with a long lineage of Montana ranching, said the name is a nod to Grasshopper Creek in Bannack, the site of a major gold discovery in 1862.

But hopper is also a mining term, Bay said. “The hopper feeds.”

He and co-owner Chelsi Bay, the two are married, wanted to pay homage to the area’s history with their restaurant.

The Hopper, 40 N. Last Chance Gulch, serves what the Bays called “familiar favorites with a twist.”

The BLT boasts bacon glazed in miso sauce, brown sugar and five-spice and tomatoes making an appearance in the form of roasted tomato jam.

“We put a big emphasis on sourcing locally,” Dan said. “By doing that, we’re keeping money in the state and avoiding national supply chain issues.”

But more importantly, he said, they want to offer high-quality that comes “when the vegetable is harvested the day before you put it on someone’s plate.”

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