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New Road Kill

New Road Kill

A new business is opening in McLeod.  The historic Road Kill Cafe and McLeod Bar is about to re-open in mid-July.  The new owner, Holly, spent a good part of her youth in the Boulder River Valley.  She is from South Jersey where she owns and operates trucking company.  She says: “my life-long dream was to own the McLeod Bar and I have finally realized it!”  After months of remodeling, upgrading, and repair work, she is poised to open an inviting and comfortable watering hole for the locals and the hundreds of tourists who travel up and down the Boulder Road all summer long.

At first, the full service bar will offer a limited menu of Hoagies, fries and a special Friday Night Seafood feast.  Holly plans to expand the menu and have a wine bar operating within a few months of the opening.  She also plans to sell basic food, like milk, eggs and bread along with other picnic type supplies.

The remodel has taken longer than expected, but the results are a huge improvement over the run down, dirty dump she bought.  The style is typical Montana, with corrugated tin ceilings and benches, pine walls and tables and a new rock fireplace.  There will be satellite fed big screen televisions and interactive play stations in the booths.  Holly explained that she bought the big screens from a local supplier: “I want to do business with local companies as long as they are competitive.  Competitive means more than price.  It would be hard to get COSTCO to come all the way out to McLeod to repair a television set.  Someone who can and will is competitive.”

The original plan was to have the Road Kill Saloon open by Spring, but construction and permit delays got in the way.  However, Holly has extensive business experience and says: “I thought I had made all the mistakes I could in New Jersey, but I was wrong.  I just made most of them.  I hate to see so much summer traffic going by the place and not making a dime.”  Many of the local residents hope she will make dimes-a-plenty once the bar and cafe opens.  They are also hoping the McLeod landmark will once again become a community gathering place, one Sweet Grass County can be proud of.

The new wine bar

Holly taking a break

New Booths

10 Responses to “New Road Kill”

  1. Sally Cosentino says:

    It is about time someone found the charm in the Road Kill. We can’t wait to go for some wine and dinner. Congratulations Holly!

  2. Mary Craig says:

    So happy to hear about the new ownership and relaunch of the Road Kill!! When we were visiting our friends in McLeod about 4 years ago, my husband and I went to there when it was sadly in its decline. We will be in McLeod with our friends again in September — looking forward to the fresh look!

  3. Kevin says:

    Yee Haw, good to see the old place going again. Thanks Holly.

  4. Doug says:

    Congratulations Holly on restoring a Sweet Grass County landmark business. I wish you all the best. Don’t forget to stock up on Road Kill T shirts. My out of state friends love them!

  5. kevin says:

    ok the place you bought was not a dump there is alot of history there i spent three years in the cabin in the back i worked day and night at the bar i loved it that place and the community around it molded me into the man i am today i have a beautiful wife a young son whos about to turn 2 and am a sergeant in the US Army with two deployments to iraq and a third to afghanistan so please dont call that place a dump

    • admin says:

      Thank you for your service. Without people like you, none of us would be able to express any opinion whatsoever, except the opinion of tyrants. In the last few months before the Roadkill was sold, the structure was neglected and abused. Holly did a monumental job getting it sanitary. Some of us are aware of the Roadkill’s wonderful and colorful history. It used to be the social center of the entire Boulder Valley. Hopefully, it will become that again. Please bring your family out to visit the area. Many of us would like to buy you dinner at least a couple of times.

  6. Sherry and Monty says:

    We’ll be visiting the Livingston area the last week of July. Hope to drive by and see you open! Great story.

  7. Can’t wait to visit Holly’s Road Kill Saloon during my September vacation in Montana

  8. kelley says:

    I have been a life long visiter to the road kill cafe when i was a child my family lived in mcleod for a yr. It has fond memories for me. The last time i was there was when the previous owners Jim and pammy got married that was the last time i was there. I will be there in less then a week for a vacation. Just one question what happened to the previous owners.

  9. Kelley says:

    I grew up going to Mcleod every summer camping with my family so i know the Road Kill Cafe well. In fact lived in Mcleod for about a yr and went to the little school there for a yr. The last time i was at the Road Kill Cafe was when the previous owners got married by the natural bridge and falls in June 21, 2009. They weren’t planning on selling it then so i was just wondering what happened to them that they sold it just was curious. What happened to the big carved out bear that was in the front of the bar lot of memories and photos taken with that bear.

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