Small café caters to the locals in search of home cooking

By SAM BROWN/Montana State News

The Stockyard Café sits on the outskirts of Bozeman on a dirt road that sees little traffic. It’s weathered bright red wood siding contrast with the stark surroundings of the abandoned Bozeman Cattle Yard.

What was once a bustling area of activity where cattle sales took place has now become desolate because there have been no cattle sales in the past 10 years at the cattle yard.

Since the cattle yard closed, Christine Huyser has kept the café in business, serving homemade food at affordable prices. With memorabilia covering the walls and the surrounding cattle yard, the Stockyard Café serves breakfast with a certain nostalgia not many places can deliver.

Everything is cooked on an old cast iron stove where patrons can watch their order being made while the dish pit keeps up with the demand of clean plates and silverware. Everything happens in a 100-square-foot area, that is, the cooking, cleaning, food prep, ordering and conversation.

Customers sit around a U-shaped bar where they can watch it all happen in the middle and catch wafts of their food being made.

The Stockyard Café is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to1:00 p.m.  Many of their popular items like biscuits and gravy, buttermilk pancakes, and chicken fried steak tend to sell out, so be sure to get there early if you want to try some of their most famous dishes.

Edited by Jodi Wilson.

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