17 Dec Stacey's Old Faithful Bar & Steakhouse
At the end of Prohibition, entrepreneur May Ping Stellards converted the building, formerly a butcher shop and bank, into the Old Faithful Bar, complete with a legendary brothel upstairs. The bar offered a small-town feel with live music and cold beer for loggers, ranch hands, and other locals around the Gallatin Valley.
After nearly 30 years, Montana native Stacey Crosby and his wife Phyllis bought the establishment and reopened it as Stacey’s Old Faithful Bar. Stacey and his family moved into the upstairs apartment and got to work — introducing more live music and dancing that would wear the floors down. Stacey’s Old Faithful Bar soon became a staple in the region with its friendly western atmosphere, stiff drinks, and familiar faces.
Stacey was a lover and supporter of all things rodeo. As the bar was located on the well-worn path of the rodeo circuit in Montana, it quickly became a local institution for rodeo athletes, fans, and the like to celebrate and get rowdy. Many of the photos featured on the walls are of friends and patrons that participated in the MSU Bozeman rodeos — some were even world champions.
In 2005 Stacey’s daughter Toni took over the operation and wanted to offer more to the community. Stacey’s Old Faithful Bar underwent a massive remodel, which included many improvements to the bar and, with the help of friends, a steakhouse. Offering a simple yet hearty and delicious menu, Stacey’s Old Faithful Bar & Steakhouse could now be a gathering place for more people, including families and friends, to share an unforgettable experience.
Not much has changed over the past 60 years, and we plan to keep it that way – Where the West is still the West.