Emerson Grill

The Emerson Grill in downtown Bozeman has been sold and will close at the end of the month.

The owner of The Emerson Grill has sold the restaurant and will close up shop at the end of October after nearly 15 years in operation.

The fine-dining, Italian food restaurant and catering business opened in 2005 and sources food from local producers like Gallatin Valley Botanical. It’s housed in one of Bozeman’s historic buildings, the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture on Olive Street and Grand Avenue.

Owner Robin Chopus said it’s the end of an era.

“We’re really grateful and happy that we’ve had 15 years of unbelievable success,” Chopus said.

The buyers of The Emerson Grill plan to open a new eatery in the same space. Chopus said she’s had a number of offers over the years from people interested in buying the business, but that she wasn’t ready to sell until now. Chopus said running a restaurant is difficult, and that she’s excited to try something new.

“I really responded to (the new owner’s) enthusiasm, and it’s going very cool transition,” Chopus said.

Chopus worked as a private chef for a decade in Snowbird, Utah, before opening The Emerson Grill, and said she plans to start a new catering business in the near future.

Susan Denson-Guy is executive director of the Emerson and said she’s sorry to see the longtime restaurant go.

“It’s certainly an Emerson institution, but I hope everyone looks at this as a great success,” Denson-Guy said.

Denson-Guy said the new restaurant plans to serve both lunch and dinner with a family-friendly feel. She said it will be a “really great addition” to the building.

Shaylee Ragar can be reached at sragar@dailychronicle.com or at 406-582-2607. Follow her on Twitter @shay_ragar.

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