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KellerGeist restaurant in downtown Great Falls is closing

KellerGeist restaurant in downtown Great Falls
Posted at 12:40 PM, Feb 12, 2024

The KellerGeist restaurant in downtown Great Falls will be shutting down soon.



The restaurant specialized in German cuisine, including wienerschnitzel, spatzle, and wurst dishes. It is at 300 First Avenue South, in the building that once was home to the Bert & Ernie's restaurant.

Owners Matthias and Jolene Schalper said in a Facebook post: "Sadly, we are closing our Restaurant Business on Sunday 18th February to focus 100% on our original Pub Theater plans on Central Ave. This week you will have the last opportunity to find authentic German food in Montana, so don’t miss it!"

“We had a lot of fun, and I have to say, I was very pleased with the product we put out,” said Matthias. “Everything is authentic, everything is really made from scratch, and I think that's kind of the German way. But despite enthusiasm and fun, eventually we had to realize, if we do want to run the other bar, and that's where we really belong, having both open is just too much.”

KellerGeist restaurant in downtown Great Falls
KellerGeist restaurant in downtown Great Falls

They are in the process of remodeling and expanding the original Pub Theater to better serve the community.

“When we close this, I [will] have free time and resources to do other stuff I like [and] concentrate on the remodel project over at the original KellerGeist,” Schalper said.

The KellerGeist restaurant will remain open normal hours throughout this week before bidding farewell on Sunday.

The KellerGeist Pub Theater is at 111 Central Avenue; it opened in late 2018.