in here today, walking around with a ball cap on backwards and sunglasses — it’s pretty amazing.” In addition to Main Street Eats, the couple is breathing new life into the historic core of East Helena with two other ventures: Lucky’s Main Street Mercantile and the soon-to-be-open burger joint, Blackjack Burger Company. The gourmet burger restaurant will serve half-pound burgers, fries, poutine, salads, open face chili burgers and more. Long-timers may recognize a few of the burgers on the menu from one the restauranteurs’ former establishments, 14 West, a restaurant once located in what is now the Fraternal Order of the Eagles on Main Street. “We’re bringing a lot of our signature burgers from 20 years ago back,” says Annie. Lucky’s Main Street Mercantile, which the Posey’s reopened this past spring, is housed in the oldest building on Main Street, says Annie Posey. From the early 1900’s through 1980, the building was a soda fountain and candy store. The Posey’s wanted to bring that nostalgia and family-centered business back to Main Street for new generations to enjoy with their families. Between the three establishments, says Annie Posey, you can enjoy a full day on Main Street — eat breakfast and lunch at Main Street Eats, dessert at Lucky’s and dinner at Blackjack Burger Company — and visit the other East Helena shops in between. Dave Posey is excited about the growth out toward Canyon Ferry Lake, and hopes that it will help bring East Helena’s historic Main Street back to life. “I think we’re going to see East Helena as a new hub, with the new growth out toward the lake,” says Dave. “We want to see East Helena turn back into a Main Street environment.” As for their part, the Posey’s are happy to contribute to Main Street by filling empty stomachs and creating spaces for the community to come together. “It’s awesome — it’s just us,” says Annie Posey. “It’s our heart." n
Benny’s Bistro is a small, farm to table restaurant in the heart of Downtown Helena, Montana. We rely on local farmers to supply us with Montana grown proteins and as much produce as our seasons allow. We source our ingredients directly from the farmers who we have worked to develop personal relationships with.
108 E 6th Ave, Helena (406) 443-0105
Monday - Saturday 11:00am - 3:00pm Wednesday - Saturday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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