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Downtown Billings restaurants will be serving up lunch at the Innovate Montana Symposium

We’re not going to let our opportune location in downtown Billings go to waste, and nor are we going to make you miss out on any events just because you’ve got to get lunch. Join some of the Montana ambassadors and Key Industry Network leaders in a short walk from the Crowne Plaza to some of the finest downtown restaurants that Billings has to offer.

After ordering a delicious sandwich (or salad, or burger, or potstickers—you have lots of options!), you will get a chance to sit down and chat with some of Montana’s leaders from each of the Main Street Montana Project Key Industry Networks (KINs).  The KIN members will be talking about the work they did on the Main Street Montana Project and engaging in conversation about the next best steps for economic growth in Montana. All the while, you yourself will be supporting those small business while exploring the city, having lunch, and conversing with Montana’s Key Industry Network Leaders!

When you arrive to check-in on Wednesday, you will get to choose between twelve different restaurants to eat lunch.  Seating is limited to keep the lunch settings personal and casual, so make sure that you sign up early! Twelve wonderful choices can be overwhelming and difficult to choose from, so let me give you a rundown of your options.

Up for BBQ, microbrews, and a comfy atmosphere? Check out Rex, which has excellent BBQ and a cozy brick and wood interior! Jim Markel will be hosting this lunch to talk about the Manufacturing Key Industry Network.

Speaking of microbrews, we will also be hosting lunch at one of Billing’s iconic breweries and restaurants. If craft beer is your forte, head with us to Uberbrew for a burger and a discussion on the Innovation and Technology KIN led by Don Beeman and Kathy Boelter.

Are you more into grills, ribs, seafood, or burgers? We will be walking to a number of those, as well. Have some killer ribs at Stacked while talking with Nancy Schlepp about the recommendations of the Natural Resources Key Industry network. Hooligans Irish and American grub will go nicely with conversation on the work of the Small Business and Downtown KIN with Sarah Calhoun and Scott Brown. Jakes, which is one of the best steakhouses in town, will of course be paired with the Food and Agriculture Key Industry Network with Jim Peterson and Fred Whacker leading the conversation.

Perhaps you prefer traditional American comfort foods. If that’s the case, come check out Bernie’s Diner where Rob Ferris will talk about his work as Co-Chair of the Interconnectivity and Telecommunications KIN. McCormicks, will host the Health and Wellness KIN discussion with Lenette Kosovich. Stellas Kitchen and Bakery has the biggest cinnamon rolls we’ve ever encountered and you can try one while you talk with Jim Atchison of the Housing and Construction Key Industry Network.

More interested in chic, lighter fare, including soups or baked goods? Check out Bin 119 and chat with Bill Coffee about the Financial Services KIN. Sip on some fresh herbal iced teas on the patio at Broadway Deli and Café while catching up on the latest on Tourism with Stephen Warlich. If you’re feeling sushi or Asian fusion fair, head on over to Wild Ginger with Bob Wilmouth of the Non-Profit KIN.

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