A Community’s Prerogative

By Emma Krall
Thursday, July 19, 2018

(Above) Courtesy Photo by Jasper Poore
(Left) Courtesy Photo by Louis Habeck

Danny Mowatt, Chris Lockhart and Gena Burghoff.

In the pursuit of their right to good food, Red Lodge, Montana residents have been on the prowl for more quality and sustainable food in their community. On a new culinary adventure, Chris Lockhart, Gena Burghoff, and Danny Mowatt, previously of Montana Jacks and Ox Pasture, have accomplished just this with their latest project, PREROGATIvE Kitchen. Focusing on “global street food,” the trio have aimed to please the community with a rotating variety of quality food in a casually hip setting.

Starting with a basis of quality ingredients and 25 years of culinary experience, the vision for PREROGATIvE began for Lockhart, Burghoff, and Mowatt as they chased their ultimate dream: to create a business that was 100% their own. When the historic City Bakery in downtown Red Lodge went up for sale, they were quick to react to the opportunity. The three purchased and renovated the building, which had been a bakery since the 1920s; they carefully preserved the historic integrity of its structure, while enhancing it with a touch of modern class. The hundred year story of the established bakery was highlighted thoughtfully, as the bakery’s original walls were left exposed and elegantly adorned with its well-loved baking pans. In doing so, Lockhart, Burghoff, and Mowatt’s dream combined with Red lodge’s history to create a welcome local gem.

In addition to PREROGATIvE’s original goal of creating a business which fulfils the dreams of its owners, the restaurant aims to give back to its community by supporting regional farms, ranches, and businesses in utilizing seasonal ingredients whenever possible. Recent menus have incorporated beef, bok choi, asparagus, and other carefully selected ingredients procured locally.

Since community brought its mission together in the first place, the kitchen also donates the entirety of its monthly credit card tips to a Montana based charity, such as the Cody Dieruf Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis and the Tumbleweed Program for homeless youth. These contributions, both well-appreciated and well-deserved, beautifully display the role of community in PREROGATIvE’s operation as a business and a source of vitality to Red Lodge and surrounding areas.

A town’s desire for good food and a community-involved restaurant brought more than just that to Red Lodge. With a kitchen based around quality ingredients, enjoyable atmosphere, and an experience that left customers wanting to return, Chris Lockhart, Gena Burghoff, and Danny Mowatt created a stunning restaurant, and, as a result, a staple in their community to help it flourish for years to come. Located at 104 South Broadway, Red Lodge, MT. www.prerogativekitchen.com 406-445-3232.

Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Meets every Thursday, 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Red Lodge Area Community Foundation, 122 S. Hauser. It is open to all. 425- 1755.
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Friday, May 24, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Rock Creek Group meets Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8 a.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. at Calvary Church, 9 N Villard, Red Lodge.
  • Monday, May 27, 2019 - 7:00am
    *American Legion Carbon County Post 17 Memorial Day schedule, May 27 7 a.m. Breakfast at Red Lodge Café 8:30 a.m. Memorial Service at Belfry Cemetery 9:30 a.m. Memorial Service at Bearcreek Cemetery 10:30 a.m. Parade through Red Lodge.  10:15 a.m. Meet at the corner of 14th and Broadway. Following parade there will be a lunch  at the Red Lodge Elk’s Lodge 11 a.m. Memorial Service at Red Lodge Cemetery 1:30 p.m. Parade in Roberts followed by Memorial Service at Roberts Cemetery. For further information contact Kenneth Beggs, Commander Carbon County Post 17 at kenbeggs42@yahoo.com   *The Clarks Fork American Legion Post 71 and the Joliet VFW Post 5748 will be doing Memorial Day services Monday, May 27. Rev. Robert Reed of the Joliet Baptist  Church will be the Speaker of the day.   The schedule for the day will be: 9 a.m. Services at the Gebo Cemetery. 9:30 a.m. March through Fromberg Main St. 10 a.m.   Services at Rockvale Cemetery 11 a.m. Services at Joliet Cemetery 11:30 a.m. March through Joliet Main St. A potluck lunch will be held at the  Joliet Community Center following the services.  Everyone is welcome to come. Any veterans who would like to help who haven’t been contacted can show up at the Gebo Cemetery at 8:45 a.m. Memorial Day or call Rich Pierce at 962-3320 or Jody Stene 962-3779.  
  • Monday, May 27, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019 - 7:00pm
    Now Group meets at the Bridger United Methodist Church, 222 W. Broadway (west entrance of church) Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The Carbon County News

Street Address:

11 N. Broadway, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 970, Red Lodge, MT 59068

Phone: 406-446-2222

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