Patrons say goodbye to favorite local restaurant

Nolan Lister

Loyal customers bid farewell to beloved Helena restaurant Saigon Alley on Saturday.

Owner Rachel Conn ended a more than five-year run that began in the back of a food truck.

The eatery was known for its southeast Asian cuisine and specialized in gluten free and vegetarian menu items, an uncommon sight in Montana.

Saigon Alley, which closed Saturday, moved into Reeder’s Alley in 2020.

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“We always kind of had a different notion about what could be done,” Conn said. “And we’ve really loved doing it.”

She first fired up the food truck in 2017, and moved into a brick-and-mortar location in Reeder’s Alley early in 2020.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced her to delay the restaurant’s opening until the fall of 2020, but she continued to operate out of the food truck during that time.

Conn said when she began this endeavor, she was a single woman. Nearly six years later, she now has a husband and two children ages 1 and 3.

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