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New Restaurants Trending Across Mont.

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The number of restaurants in Western Montana is growing, especially those that fulfill a specific niche of healthy and on-the-go.

Graham Roy opened his business, Romaines, in January after he noticed a demand for a specific kind of restaurant in Western Montana.

"There's a great opportunity for there to be a lot more places that offer healthy food, because just from what I've seen here, we get people thanking us," Roy said.

Roy said the idea behind his restaurant isn't only to provide people with a healthy option, but also something they can grab-and-go when they're in a hurry.

"It's easy at fast casual restaurants, like this, to have a healthy meal and be convenient," Roy said.

Roy isn't the only one whose seen a demand for these types of food options.

Over the last few months, new restaurants and food trucks have been showing up around town, but can Western Montana towns support the growing number of eateries?

"They may put others out of business, but with the economy improving, there actually is room for restaurants to be able to thrive and survive," said University of Montana Economist, Patrick Barkey.

Barkey said these new food trends just show the food industry is among the ones with the most growth.

"I think the retail and restaurant industry is cauldron of new ideas. They boil up, they're in front of our face, and they meet the market place," Barkey said.

He said the new eateries we've been seeing around town don't necessarily mean the economy is growing.

"It probably means the economy is doing better as an indicator, rather than real stimulus, which is itself helping the economy," Barkey said. 

He added when people are spending their money at these places, and keeping them in business, it's a sign the economy is doing good.

At least five new restaurants opened Missoula in the last few months.

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