The coming months may bring new businesses to Bozeman as several companies are taking steps toward setting up shop in town.

The developer of the Bozeman Gateway subdivision — home to the recently opened Kohl’s near West College Street and Huffine Lane — said he plans to file this month a formal application with the city to build a new City Brew store and Qdoba Mexican Grill.

A development company for My Place hotel filed for an informal review of its plans by the city planning department for a building on East Valley Center Road. And representatives from Olive Garden and Red Lobster have been scouting potential locations around town, said Brit Fontenot, city economic development and community relations.

Ted Mitchell, developer of the Bozeman Gateway subdivision, said that decisions on building design for Qdoba and City Brew were addressed. The project is expected to move forward in the next two weeks.

The two companies have worked on the project for several months, but Qdoba’s path to opening a Bozeman location has winded more than most. The restaurant chain looked seriously at opening a store in Bozeman last fall. Qdoba officials initially backed off because of impact fees, among other reasons, and opened on in Billings instead, according to the Chronicle’s archives.

Aberdeen, S.D.-based Legacy Design Group’s informal plans show the group hopes to build a 64-room hotel on East Valley Center Road. The company has a few issues to work out with the 2.6-acre lot’s size and shape and city requirements before the project can become a reality.

But it has the nearly $2 million piece of land under contract with AmeriMont Real Estate and is set to close in the next few months, listing agent Kohlby Langel said.

Plans for Olive Garden or Red Lobster coming to town are more far off, Fontenot said. Representatives between the city planning department and the companies’ corporate offices have talked about what the restaurants would need for a location.

“They’re looking,” Fontenot said.

Jason Bacaj may be reached at or 582-2635.


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