New downtown restaurant will have Charlie Chaplin theme
Downtown Missoula is getting a new restaurant.
It's filling a vacant spot at the corner of Main and Ryman.
It will feature mostly traditional American food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a motif reminiscent of Hollywood's silent era film.
Hammers are pounding at the Old Thai Spicy Restaurant downtown.
In a couple months it will be home to "The Walking Moustache."
Contractor Brook Weidman said it's a fun project.
"It's going to be a warm family place," said Weidman," with a theme of Charlie Chaplin ."
The Little Tramp, with his trademark moustache, bowler and cane.
Owner Mike Ghoula has always loved Chaplin.
He plans to have pictures, a cutout of the famous comedian in the restaurant, plus a trademark 1920's era bicycle, and has plans to feature the great clowns silent movies on a loop.
Ghoula has been in the restaurant business for 51 years.
"I started at age 14 running a roadside stand," said Ghoula.
He's from Buffalo, New York.
So he will serve bison, elk, porterhouse beef steaks, specialty sandwiches, diet places, breakfast omelettes, and homemade soups.
He will have a cabaret license for beer and wine.
He expects to hire up to 35 people.