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, September 27, 2018 - 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, September 27, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 10:00am
    An Overeaters Anonymous group will meet every Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Grace Fellowship Church, Absarokee.
  • Monday, October 1, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Joliet Group meets at the Community Center Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 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, October 4, 2018 - 7:00pm
    Clarks Fork Group meets at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hall, north end of Montana Avenue, Thursday at 7 p.m.

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11 N. Broadway, Red Lodge, MT 59068

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Phone: 406-446-2222

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