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