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Butte's historic M&M bar set to reopen after fire destroyed original location

The new M&M is next door to its original location of 130 years
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M&M Bar history
Posted at 5:08 PM, Feb 09, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-10 15:09:56-05

BUTTE – The new M&M bar and grill is set to open in Butte this weekend after the historic business was destroyed by a fire almost two years ago.

The owner of the M&M confirmed to MTN News that the iconic bar will reopen in its new location, right next to the former location, on N. Main Street on Friday afternoon and will also be open Saturday and Sunday.

It will open at 4 p.m. on Friday and at 11 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

The former building, which had been located at 9 N. Main Street for 130 years, was destroyed in a fire on May 7, 2021.

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The now-defunct M&M website provided this overview of its history:

Sam Martin and William F. Mosby were the first of many proprietors of the legendary saloon, eatery, and gambling house that has operated here since 1890. Although Martin and Mosby's tenure was short, Butte's love of nicknames endured and their initials remain as the M&M. For more than a century, the M&M never rested, serving customers around the clock. The doors were always unlocked; each subsequent owner ceremoniously and publicly disposed of the keys. The M&M catered to miners coming off their shift while the kitchen served bountiful breakfast at any hour of the day or night. When Prohibition hit, the M&M followed other Butte bars, officially becoming a cigar store. Cigars sold in the front discreetly cloaked the speakeasy in the back room, where the liquor continued to flow. The 1940's Art Deco ground-floor facade, the M&M's spectacular neon sign, and the vintage 1890's upper level have been refurbished, restoring architectural vitality to a landmark that has provided food, drink and diversion to generations of Butte residents.

The new M&M opened for one day last St. Patrick’s Day but has remained closed since then for remodeling.