Rezone will allow cooked foods at Missoula cafe


Rezone will allow cooked foods at Missoula café

MISSOULA, Mont. - A popular spot in the University District plans to revamp its menu, thanks to approval from the city council to rezone the Buttercup Market and Café located on Helen Avenue by the University of Montana.

The rezone passed Monday night at a city council meeting with a vote of 10 to 1.

The market previously sold only premade food and beer and wine. Now, they can serve made-to-order dishes.

Some residents in the neighborhood are excited, while others expressed concerns if the market changes hands.

"I think it's a good part of the community and it's close to the university and they have really good food. They are top-notch already," said Missoula resident Ryan Ward.

People like Ward are pleased that soon the cafe can serve food to order; it will be more like a restaurant.

"I think it will help tremendously with business and with fresh food, because people around here love fresh food," said Missoula resident Kate Turner.

With the rezone, it eliminated a PUD, or Planned Urban Development, which restricted the cafe to serving just premade food.

"You can have scrambled eggs, you can have fried eggs, you can have basted eggs, and we've never had that luxury to serve customers in that way and now we do," said Buttercup Market and Cafe Owner Molly Galusha.  

While the menu will expand, some people in the area are concerned.

The bishop of the church right across the street, which belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, likes what the owner is doing, but he's worried about what the future might bring.

"The lifting of any type of restrictions that would keep beer and wine away from retail sales, that could involve liquor being sold on premises," said Bishop Marty Blair.

He's concerned that it could affect the 200 congregation members.

"Any alcohol served within 600 feet of a house of worship or within an elementary school is a problem, and we are certainly within 600 feet," said Blair.

While that could happen down the road, it won't happen with this owner.

"There's too much liability with it and it's not something I am interested in," said Galusha.

Galusha says that the rezone will take effect after 30 days.

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