Will the saddle stay? (Image: YourCapitolHill)
The Buck is a goner on E Olive Way but some of the bar’s western theme and all of its dive-y goodness and then some will be carried over to a new venture set to take over the space and add a bottle or two of ginger beer to the offerings.
CHS has learned that Rachel Marshall, the entrepreneur behind Capitol Hill-based Rachel’s Ginger Beer, and her partners are purchasing The Buck and are set to re-open the bar as a no-frills dive. Welcome to Montana.
Marshall tells CHS that Montana will be “very divey and comfortable” and a “come as you are” kind of place. There will be no “precious cocktails” but plenty of beers and bourbon like the “small town bars all over Montana.” And, in the back, Marshall’s growing ginger beer operation will make its permanent home after growing up in borrowed space in the kitchen of 12th Ave’s Lark.
Marshall is teaming with Kate Opatz and Adam Peters on the new business. Expect to hear more from the Montana crew as the paperwork gets finalized.
No specifics yet from Ross McCartney on why he decided to sell another of his Hill entities. McCartney, who last opened the new Bleu Bistro’s Grotto on E Olive Way, debuted The Buck back in 2008. In April 2010, McCartney closed down Chez Gaudy to make way for La Bete.
According to neighborhood tipster CK, The Buck has had a sign up since at least Sunday announcing the closure.
(Image: Rachel’s Ginger Beer on Facebook)