Split Rock Café is now a family owned restaurant. The current owners purchased it in January of 2016. Three ambitious and maybe slightly crazy people, not having owned a restaurant before yet being in management roles at others, decided to make the plunge and take on the role of being official restaurant owners.
Terry Falk and his son and son’s wife, Zach and Maggie Falk, own Split Rock Café to this day. They enjoy emphasizing that it is family owned and that many of the Falk family and relatives have or are working currently at Split Rock Café. Maggie serves and hosts at the restaurant along with many other things to help out. She also spends her time as a professional mom at home. Zach is always helping to provide input on important decisions, but a lot of his time is occupied by his job at Nomad GCS as a Project Manager. You’ll see Terry helping with many things you’d expect an owner to do and then some. The things he enjoys most about the restaurant are working with people and socializing with customers, and as he puts it, “I like food. Food is fun.” In addition to Split Rock Café, Terry is a Loan Officer in the Flathead Valley and has been for the past 28 years. He also has 20 years of experience in managing people. Long story short, the Falk’s love their customers and love serving the people of Kalispell and the people who visit.
So, what’s the take away from all this information? Yeah, you got it. It’s that you need to come check out the awesomeness that is Split Rock Café. The owners can’t wait to greet you as you walk through the front doors.
“See you soon!”
In 1892, a year after the Great Northern Railway founded the city of Kalispell, a stone foundation was laid on the corner of 2nd St. E and 1st Ave E, and it would soon be known as the KM building (KM stands for Kalispell Mercantile). However, construction on the building was stalled most likely due to the national, economic depression known as the Panic of 1893. In 1894, maps show the building was still in progress with plans to build stores on the first floor and a lodge on the second floor. The KM building was indeed finished in 1894, as records show that the Flathead County rented the second flood of the building between 1895 and 1903, while they were waiting for progress to be made on the courthouse. It actually took the new Flathead County, which was formed through the breakup of the original Missoula County into smaller and more governable areas, seven years to float the bond to build the courthouse that is now standing in the middle of Main St., hence their need for the KM Building. Subsequently, the first floor was used for the Missoula Mercantile which was one of the largest retail and wholesale operations between Seattle and Minneapolis. They sold everything from groceries to wagons. If dining in the now Split Rock Café, you will see historical pictures of what used to be the Missoula Mercantile. Then, in 1911, the retailer finally became the Kalispell Mercantile, which housed various departments such as agricultural implements, plumbing, grocery, and glassware. The Kalispell Mercantile was in business for just over 85 years before entrepreneur Bill Goodman bought the building in 1997 he still owns it to this day. After Goodman bought the building in 1997, many businesses have moved into the building to do their business under the roof of history. Businesses including investment firms, chiropractors, hair stylists, a boutique gift shop, an art gallery/studio, and restaurants. In 2005, Goodman opened a restaurant called Red’s Wines and Blues, which remained open as a sports bar until it closed four years later in 2009. His restaurant was then replaced with Split Rock Café.
When you step into Split Rock Café, you will feel the history hit you as you see old pictures of the Kalispell Mercantile as well as the original ladder used for stocking shelves when it was once a shopping store. Enjoy lovely food and delicious espresso beverages while you ponder the history of the building all the while enjoying our original and authentic white decorative ceiling, brick walls, wood floors, pane glass art, chandeliers, and beautiful back bar. We highly encourage you to walk around and experience even more history by looking at the many pictures outside the restaurant in the long, classy hallways of the KM building. Here at Split Rock, we are proud to work in a building full of so much history. It fills the building with meaning and purpose, and it is a joy to share that with our customers.