Très Bonne: New downtown Missoula restaurant close to opening

Missoulians have been distressed by the news of three restaurants announcing they’re closing permanently recently.

But there’s a glimmer of good news on the horizon.

Ben Burda and Drake Doepke of Missoula, who together recently opened the Florabella restaurant on Brooks Street, are opening a new restaurant in downtown Missoula at the old El Cazador location at 101 S. Higgins.

Très Bonne (French for “very good”) is slated to open on Nov. 1, although that could possibly get pushed back a couple weeks.

A conceptual rendering of what the outside of how Tres Bonne was intended to look like, although it will probably change due to Missoula’s sign ordinances.

Parker Beckley

Burda said on Monday that the new eatery will offer “lighthearted and fun boozy brunch.”

“We’ll have a curated brunch menu, fun sparkling wines and lighthearted cocktails with funky music, unique art and vibes,” Burda said. 

As everyone who’s walked by one of the busiest downtown corners in Missoula knows, crews have been hard at work completely remodeling the interior of the space for much of the last year. They’ve also added accordion doors

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