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Missouri River Diner serves up traditional and Korean fare

Posted at 6:11 PM, Apr 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-12 20:20:53-04

GREAT FALLS — In the midst of the COVID-19 restrictions, the Missouri River Diner in Great Falls is still offering up comfort food and some international cuisine.

Sang Soon Almer, also known as Julie, grew up in the Billings area and says Korean cooking has always been part of her life: “Whole life, restaurant growing up,” she said.

Almer’s mother was in the restaurant business; Sang Soon now continues her mother’s legacy by keeping recipes alive, cooking up creations alongside traditional diner dishes like burgers and omelets.

Missouri River Diner has gained a loyal following, but traffic has slowed down since COVID-19 restrictions took effect. She said, "“I’m missing a lot of grandma, grandpa.”

And while some diners’ doors remain open for pick up and to-go orders , Almer says many don’t serve up the chance to try breakfast, burgers, and beef bulgogi all at once.

Almer says their menu adds a splash of spice to the Great Falls food scene, and will continue to introduce people to their culture and cuisine. “Be strong,” she said. We have to fight it!”

Missouri River Diner has expanded their hours to 6 am-9 pm for take-out and pick-up. It's located along River Drive near the 9th Street bridge. Click here to visit the Facebook page.