OMG! Mongolian Grill is located at historic 17 N Main Street in Butte, Montana next to the M&M Bar and Cafe. The building at 17-19 North Main was occupied by Richards & Rochelle Men's store until 2013 and was built around 1924. Gamer's Shoe Company held the location for several years in the late 1920s and early 1930's; Brinig’s Shoes occupied the building in the late 1930s. The previous building at this address, erected about 1890, was initially Lennon & Walker’s Saloon. Later, Jerry Mullins (born Quebec, 1858, of Irish heritage) had his saloon there for many years (c. 1900-1912). It was destroyed in a fire in the late 1910's.
Jim Spier, The Town Talk Tailor, moved his business twice and in 1939 he relocated to 17 North Main where the business would remain for the next 74 years. In 1956, Spier sold out to his clerk, Ernest C. (Chuck) Richards who purchased the clothing business with financial backing from Remo Rochelle, a photographer. Spier continued working for the company for one more year. The name Richards & Rochelle replaced Spier’s in 1956 with an impressive facade and sign.
In 2013, Chuck Richards and his son Ernie decided to close the store, ending the 98-year continuous run of this clothing business, albeit under a variety of names and locations (all on Main Street).
In 2017, Tom and Kristi Cronnelly purchased 17 N Main as the "World Wide Headquarters" for OMG! Mongolian Grill and restored the facade to it's original 1924 design. Tom, a Butte native, returned to Butte with his wife Kristi after many years of enjoying Mongolian cooking around the country. The name OMG! originated from conversations with family and friends whose response to their plan to open a Mongolian Grill was, "OMG! That's a great idea!"
Information and Credits: Scott Parini, Butte Archives, Dick Gibson - Butte History and Lost Butte, Mary McCormick, Butte-Silver Bow -Historical Preservation Officer