Old Salt Co-op aims to open butcher shop and restaurant in Bert & Ernie's building

Nolan Lister

Old Salt Co-op plans to expand into Bert & Ernie’s on Last Chance Gulch and open a butcher shop, bar and restaurant serving up locally produced meat.

During a pre-application meeting with city staff Monday afternoon, the Helena-based limited liability corporation announced its intention to purchase the property and outlined fairly extensive plans to remodel the space, bring its fire suppression systems up to code and install a wood-fired grill.

In an interview Tuesday, Old Salt Co-op Culinary Director Andrew Mace said the sale of the property is not final and declined to comment further. The property is currently listed for $1,699,900. 

He told city staff Monday his group is initiating communication with the city early on in the process.

“The main point of us going through this is just to get ahead of any potential upgrades from the city’s perspective or issues that jump out to them that we can begin to work on at this point,” Mace said during the meeting.

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