Bedford & Bowery has a first look at the new Bushwick restaurant Montana’s Trail House. It’s at 455 Troutman Street (near St. Nicholas) and opens next week:
Come May 30, an awesomely rustic bungalow will be purveying “Appalachian east coast country food, and some black-magic inspired dishes” to the woodsmen (and -women) of Bushwick. It took a year for Montana Masback (who’s done bartending stints at The Second Chance Saloon and The Anchored Inn) to turn a former auto repair shop into Montana’s Trail House.
The buildout was very much a labor of love. Montana (who got his name after his parents blindly pointed at a map) bought a barn in Kentucky and had its timber shipped to New York, then decorated the space with effects foraged from his home, as well as friends’ houses and garages and restaurants. A Budweiser light fixture came from a friend’s dad’s bar. The “murder-weapon” taps, which look kind of like Clue pieces, were welded together by Denis Bramley, another founder.
Various rooms tucked into unlikely places give the compact space a cozy yet expansive feel. The main bar area is known as The Tack Room (as in, where you leave your horse’s gear), while a smaller side room is The Roost. An office and a storage area are ingeniously built into the rafters, accessible by inbuilt ladders, and the toilets are like stalls in a saloon. There’s also an expansive outdoor patio area, lined with edible native plants, like a blueberry bush.
Check out the menus below, c/o Bedford & Bowery: