What Happened to 5 Missoula Businesses at One Intersection?
If you have lived in Missoula for any length of time you can be sure of a few things.
- Missoula will always have a neighborhood that goes against all the others (looking at you "Slant Street" neighborhood).
- You know where the sun will come up by looking towards the "M".
- Things change.
Google Maps is a pretty amazing tool and can become a "time machine" if you spend some time on there. Recently when I was doing research on a story, I came across a Missoula intersection that has undergone some pretty amazing changes over the years. Looking back at the pictures I noticed 5 Missoula business that have all changed. Some very recently.
The intersection of Brooks Street and Agnes, which was mentioned as one of the longest timed traffic lights in Missoula. When looking back at the photos of that intersection it brought back a lot of memories of businesses that are no longer there. It is the entrance to the Southgate Mall which has seen it's own transformation over the years. There were other businesses around that are no longer there.
5 Missoula Businesses That Have Changed at One Intersection
Denny's- The "Grand Slams" are gone, but that doesn't mean that delicious breakfasts are no more. It took a few years, but in the old Denny's location is the new Liquid Planet Grille, with an "all day breakfast" menu and some amazing decor.
Scott's EQ Muffler- The auto body repair shop, Scott's EQ Muffler has moved their location over the past year. The good news is they didn't close, they moved to a better location for what they need. They are now located at 5115 Highway 93 South on the way to Blue Mountain.
Tower Pizza- I always appreciated Tower Pizza. Growing up in the neighborhood it was a special treat for us whenever we would get Tower Pizza. My father always loved the their cracker thin crust. When they closed down they gave away a lot of their furniture and fixtures. For a while we had one of the old booths at the radio station. Tower Pizza went away, but it was replaced by Bridge Pizza's Southside location, which is a fantastic pizza place in it's own right.
Val U Inn Motel- Seeing the picture was a bit shocking to me. I had totally forgotten that there was once a motel right by the Southgate Mall. The reason is probably because I never had a reason to stay there.
Curleys' Tavern- Another example of a business that completely went away, but had a special place in my heart was Curley's Tavern. With a name like "Curley's Tavern" it may have surprised some people that it eventually became a higher end restaurant and bar. I was treated to a special dinner there once with my mother. I will never forget that the server wore white gloves. You don't see service like that in restaurants anymore.
Not All of the Businesses Are Gone Forever
We have asked in the past about businesses that we miss and some of these made that list. For me it is just cool when you can see some pictures of places from the past that we miss in Missoula, and these all just happen to have been located at one intersection.