After being closed for about 18 months, the Stirrup Café at the Dude Rancher Lodge at 415 North 29th in Billings has re-opened, with new décor, new staff and a combination of new menu items and some of the most popular menu items of the past – including their famous cinnamon rolls.
Tim Schwartzmiller is the new chef and manager of the Stirrup Café, which is part of the iconic Dude Rancher Lodge, which was built in 1948. The café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner (6 am to 8 pm) on Mondays thru Fridays, and from 7 am to 2 pm on Saturdays. Beginning March 5, the café will feature a Sunday brunch from 11 am to 3 pm.
The Stirrup Café may also be booked for special events, reports Sales Manager Wendy Offutt. With a seating capacity of 40 it can serve birthday parties, small weddings, family gatherings or business and organization events. They also do catering.
A grand opening is planned once warmer weather sets in, said Offutt. In the meantime they are taking advantage of a soft opening to introduce and develop new menu items. The Stirrup Café has a full bakery in the basement that has for many years been renowned for its outstanding deserts, including pies, cookies and of course the ever popular cinnamon rolls, of which they sell out every morning, said Offutt.
The business employs about 8 people, including the chef.
The entire Dude Rancher Lodge has been experiencing a gradual make-over, but while it is being updated, “We are still retaining some of its famous western flare,” said Offutt, who called the new look “western boutique.”
The 56-unit property is owned by Virginia Carlson and managed by Todd Graves.
The Dude Rancher is located in the heart of downtown close to shopping, the hospitals and the airport. It is close to the increasingly popular pub tour, and only 1.5 miles from MetraPark, said Offutt.
“We are able to give all our clients personal attention and we can be flexible to meet their needs,” Offutt added.

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