Vol. 4 | Fall 2019

food.” You won’t find a fryer in the kitchen and everything is made from scratch. “It’s all homemade, all fresh food — nothing has ever been in a bag or a box,” she says. “It’s just real food, cooked fresh every day to order.” Their menu is vast, and contains everything from French toast made from fresh baked cinnamon rolls to lighter options like the “Bad Hunter” — a breakfast skillet without meat. You’ll find tongue- in-cheek names for items sprinkled throughout the menu, and a large variety of healthy options you don’t often see on a café menu. That’s something Dave Posey, co-owner and head chef, is proud of. “After being on Main Street for 20 years, I wanted to throw some healthier options out there and a little more variety than what they’re used to out here,” he says. Dave and Annie Posey have been married for 27 years. They met and married in Las Vegas, and later moved to Montana to start a family where they had roots. Annie’s mother was cheer queen of Helena High School in 1948. When the couple moved to East Helena 25 years ago, Dave Posey says, they were the youngest people on Main Street. Annie laughs, adding, “not anymore.” “With the smelter closing, there was a turnaround in property prices and a lot of new faces,” says Dave Posey. “Even though we have a lot of options — where you can do gluten-free or vegetarian or low carb, this and that — biscuits and gravy are still our biggest seller.” On this particular Friday, the restaurant sold completely out of gravy. “It’s not uncommon to turn 200 people in this tiny little dining room in seven hours,” Annie Posey says. Beyond quality food, Dave Posey attributes their success to what their establishment provides to the East Helena community. It’s a regular meeting place for friends, family and neighbors, a place to connect with one another. As Dave puts it — it’s an extended family. “We see a lot of pictures on social media, but I don’t see a lot of people in here sitting on their phones — they’re talking,” says Dave Posey. “Watching babies grow up, from inside mommy until they’re

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