Open Every Day

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444 Electric Avenue, Bigfork, MT
Open Every Day
7 a.m to 2:30 p.m.

Those of you who frequent the Pocketstone have noticed our recent somewhat erratic schedule. We know it's been tough on you, who for most of the past ten years have come to count on our regular schedule as part of your dietary plan. The Covid challenge has disrupted our lives in many ways, an unexpected shortage of workers being one of them. But with an aggressive approach to finding and hiring some of the best cooks in the Valley, we believe we have that problem under control.

Thus, we're planning to re-open on our regular, seven-day schedule starting Saturday, April 3. We appreciate the patience you have shown and hope for your continuing patronage. It is our intention to be open every day going forward and we'll achieve that intention, as they say, "Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise."

David Vale, Co-owner

Those of you who frequent the Pocketstone have noticed our recent somewhat erratic schedule. We know it's been tough on you, who for most of the past ten years have come to count on our regular schedule as part of your dietary plan. The Covid challenge has disrupted our lives in many ways, an unexpected shortage of workers being one of them. But with an aggressive approach to finding and hiring some of the best cooks in the Valley, we believe we have that problem under control.

Thus we are, once again, open every day. We appreciate the patience you have shown and hope for your continuing patronage. It is our intention to be open every day going forward and we'll achieve that intention, as they say, "Good Lord willing and the creek don't rise."

David Vale, Co-owner

The past year has been a challenge for all of us and it's not over yet. As the new vaccines bring the virus under control, the disruption to our commerce, our lives, and our whole civilization continues to be with us. With that disruption has come an unexpected shortage of workers in many fields, including ours. We have, as yet, not been able to identify and hire a sufficient number of qualified cooks to prepare the food we want to serve and this has resulted in a few unscheduled closures.

We believe we are on a path to correcting the problem and hope to expand our schedule back to seven days, as we have maintained throughout most of our ten years in business. In the meantime, we appreciate your patience and your patronage.

David Vale, Co-owner

We expect the Covid virus may be with us for a while and we have changed our operation to adapt. Short term, as required, we've reducing our capacity and spacing our tables. But long term, we've prepared for the future. We don't plan to isolate our guests in plexiglass greenhouses, but we have refitted our booths to make them more private and easier to disinfect. The attractive and comfortable cloth backs have been replaced with vinyl, which we think is as comfortable and equally attractive, but easier to disinfect. And we've raised the seat backs by a foot. Not enough to make you feel claustrophobic, but enough that you won't see (or breathe on) your neighbors.

We want keep serving the comfort food we always have, but we're determined that you eat it in an environment that makes you feel as comfortable as the food.

David Vale, Co-owner

We're sorry to say that the Pocketstone Cafe will not hold its traditional Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner this year. Our meal has always been intended as an event to bring the community together to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. This year the complications presented by the Covid virus make our traditional gathering difficult.

We’re as disappointed as anyone that we won’t have our Thanksgiving Dinner this year. We considered a scaled-down version with a takeout option, but concluded that wasn’t in keeping with the spirit of our event.

This pandemic won’t last forever and we expect our community Thanksgiving event next year will be bigger and better than ever. In the meantime, be safe and stay healthy!

David Vale, Co-owner

Isolation has been difficult for me. I'd characterize myself as a people person. But with the pandemic, it's been more difficult and unwise to socialize as much as I usually do.

I missed eating in our restaurant while we were closed and saying hello to all the people I'd come to know in this community. I understood the need to distance and the importance of playing it safe. I applaud everyone who endeavors to squash this disease.

But I want everyone to know, especially when we don't see each other as much, that I am thinking of you all and I miss you greatly.

Carolyn Vale, Co-owner

I'm new here. Well, not that new. It'll be three years in December. But wow, what a couple of months these last have been. Going from a vigorous cafe to an idle dining room overnight. And back again. I missed those cinnamon rolls and cupcakes, even though I didn't usually eat them. But being deprived for a couple of months -- Well, I may make up for lost time.

We've taken our time getting back into operation. We had some structural things we had to change and a number of procedures to revamp for safety. And we wanted to be sure things were calmed down, to protect both our customers and our staff.

But we're back in business. Some new electronics, some new furniture, a new presentation of our old menu. It's great to get back in business. We're happy to see you all again.

Michele Shapero, Business Manager