Every day I drive past the former Torres Cafe building on my way to work and I often wondered what the future held for the former Mexican restaurant location. Empty buildings don’t age very well and as the weeds and elements slowly do what they do to a vacant property, it was starting to look a little rough around the edges.
This morning (7/13) on my drive in the office, I did a double-take. Heavy equipment was making quick work of demolishing the remains of the popular restaurant. I jumped off the interstate and backtracked on the South Frontage road to take a closer look.
Fans were sad when Torres Cafe announced their closure in a December 18, 2018 Facebook post.
Google MapsLocals still talk about the great food at Torres.
There are a few places that offer good Mexican food in Montana, but there are only a handful that serve truly great Mexican food. Torres Cafe was one of them. I caught up with “Mrs. Torres,” Josie Torres Quarnburg for a few minutes on the phone today and she shared that the original Torres was opened by her parents on Minnesota Avenue in 1963.
The restaurant moved a handful of times over the decades. For a