A Brief History
The Chef and Owner:
Scott Peterson and his wife Nicole Warner have worked in the restaurant industry for a combined 50 years. Scott, from Montana and Nicole, from Michigan, created the idea of Storm Castle Cafe after years of being in the industry. Successes, failures and family drove their desire to build a humble eating establishment where they could use their skills as well as make time to raise and enjoy their children.
Scott graduated from Montana State University and then went on to graduate from the New England Culinary Institute, followed by an internship at L’Essential in Chamberry, France. After working at the Cite in New York and the Westgate Hotel in San Diego, Scott brought his skills back to Montana to become the Chef du Cuisine at Bucks T-4 in Big Sky where he met Nicole. While Chef du Cuisine at Bucks T-4, Scott was invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York.
Scott and his family then purchased the historic Winchester Cafe and Murray Bar. A renovation and remodel turned the Cafe into one of Montana’s finest restaurants, Peterson’s Spirits & Eatery. After a couple of years Peterson’s Sprits & Eatery was successfully sold and Scott returned to Bucks as the Executive Chef.
The demands of a high volume dinner restaurant made it hard to spend time together as a family, they answered this dilemma by focusing all of their energy in the same direction. Nicole and Scott started their own catering business. They leased the small Castle Rock Cafe in the Gallatin Canyon to cater out of and found themselves with another restaurant. Breakfast and lunch soon took off with Scott cooking, Nicole serving and their two kiddos entertaining. Within two years after developing quite the following, they outgrew the small riverside cafe and took the show to Bozeman. Scott and Nicole are thankful for all their loyal customers that have followed them on this journey.
“Although we have put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this restaurant, we know we’re not the only ones. Some of our employees have been with us for many years helping build the Storm Castle Cafe. With the support of our family, employees and customers we have created a restaurant we can all enjoy and be proud of.” -Nicole