Outlaw Diner opens its doors on Nucleus

Print Article

Outlaw Diner owners Nikki and Alan Bond say they were looking to provide an affordable and unique dining experience for Columbia Falls residents. (Jeremy Weber photo)

With a menu so good it should be a crime, the Outlaw Diner has opened its doors on Nucleus Avenue in downtown Columbia Falls.

With a unique and varied menu, and new specials almost daily, owners Alan and Nikki Bond say they hope their new diner will provide the people of Columbia Falls with an exciting and affordable new option when it comes to dining out.

“We try to have unique items on the menu. We want to either have things you can’t get anywhere else or you can’t get it the way we make it,” Alan said. “I tried my hardest to keep the prices as low as possible so this can be a fun place to bring the whole family to eat. I would rather make $100 of 20 people than $100 off 10 people.”

Located at 420 Nucleus Ave., the Outlaw Diner sits in the former location of the Teakettle Café, and before that, it was the Whistle Stop. Already the owners of the Stageline Pizza Franchise in Whitefish, the Bonds decided to take a chance on the Outlaw location to open a place they could shape from the ground up and call their own.

“We had been to the Teakettle a few times and then we heard that is was shutting down. We saw a listing for the space on Craigslist and we started from there,” Nikki said.

“It scared me in a way that everything that was in this space before us has failed, but we plan to be here for a long time,” Alan added.

The menu for the Outlaw Diner includes a number of recipes that Alan has perfected over the years, having spent the majority of his life working with food. Alan said his first café job came when he was 9 years old. He would spend the morning stocking shelves at a shoe store before washing dishes at the diner down the street to earn his lunch. He eventually worked his way up to cook, where he began developing his own recipes. After working in the produce and meat department of a grocery store for 12 years, Alan found his way back to the kitchen.

“First, I was tired of being hot in the kitchen and then I was cold in the meat freezer,” he laughed. “There is always a cook job open and that was always my fallback. I would cook and develop my own recipes and I would also cook at home. Food has always been a big part of my life.”

After securing the location in November, the Bonds set to work putting in new flooring, new paint, new lighting, new plumbing, new electrical and more.

“There really wasn’t anything we didn’t touch, clean or paint,” Nikki said.

As for the menu, the Outlaw Diner offers a variety of breakfast and lunch dishes, including several kinds of cheesy scrambles, biscuits and gravy, burgers, gyros, salads and much more.

As for the unique name, Alan said they struggled at first to come up with a name, but then decided to go with on of their nicknames. According to Alan, he and Nikki have a lot of friends in the area, but no blood relatives. Many of their friends think of them as family and jokingly say that if the Bond family is not their in-laws, they must be their out-laws. And so the Bonds joke, you don’t have to be an outlaw to eat at their diner, just don’t be the in-laws.

The diner is currently open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. seven days a week, but Alan says those hours may change during the summer months.

“I would like to apply for and get a beer and wine license and then be open nights as well,” he said. “Until then, we are also thinking about doing a steak and/or a fish night once a week. We will have to see.”

Print Article

Read More Front Page Slider

Super doesn’t favor marshal program

April 24, 2019 at 7:19 am | Lake County Leader Columbia Falls School District 6 and schools around the state may soon have a new option for dealing with threats as House Bill 567 is slated to go to the governor’s desk for final approval. Propose...

Comments

Read More

Sew and tell: Wheeler featured quilter at Teakettle show

April 24, 2019 at 7:03 am | Lake County Leader After 10 years in the Teakettle Quit Guild, Sherry Wheeler says her sewing buddies have become more than just her friends, they are more like family. As the featured quilter for the group’s annual q...

Comments

Read More

River’s Edge Park should see improvements in coming months

April 24, 2019 at 6:57 am | Hungry Horse News River’s Edge Park in Columbia Falls should see improvements in the coming months. The city has plans to eventually put in a flush toilet bathroom at the popular park, but that won’t likely come until...

Comments

Read More

CFAC, ARCO continue to dispute who should clean up plant site

April 24, 2019 at 6:54 am | Hungry Horse News A federal judge ruled earlier this month ruled the Columbia Falls Aluminum Co.’s lawsuit against the Atlantic Richfield Co. should move forward. The two companies dispute who should have to pay for ...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 892-2151
PO BOX 189, 926 Nucleus Avenue
Columbia Falls, MT 59912

©2019 Hungry Horse News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X