New restaurant, tech campus planned at Old Sawmill District

With plans in place for both a pizza tavern and a new commercial campus to attract tech companies, the developers of the Old Sawmill District in central Missoula are continuing the transformation of the blighted former industrial yard into a business and residential hub.

Ed Wetherbee, the project developer at the Old Sawmill District, said they are planning for a Tech and Innovation Campus with high-speed data internet connections, which he envisions will be an “innovation and professional office space for Missoula’s burgeoning tech community.”

The developers are also hoping to start construction this fall on the Sawmill Grille, which Wetherbee calls a “1.5-story building” with high ceilings.

“It will have a neighborhood tavern feel to part of it, and another part will be a very Italian feel for focusing on pizza,” he said. “We do have a beer and wine license with a long-term possibility of upgrading to a full liquor license. We expect a lot of traffic from baseball games and summer activities, but we feel it will be a year-round amenity for not only the neighborhood but also attractive for Missoula as a whole.”

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