Facilities Director; Times Square LLC
Great Falls, MT: The inviting aroma of East Indian and East African cuisines will be carried throughout the 40,000 sqft of Times Square beginning Tuesday, January 9. Mayor Robert Kelly will undertake a grand opening, and ribbon cutting ceremony for Saibeen’s Kitchen which will take place at 10:30 am.The Times Square building is owned and operated by Montana Farmers Union.
Saibeen’s Kitchen, which has been operating inside Pizazz, is now moving into a larger space with more seating. Saibeen Acord, Owner and Executive Chef of Saibeen’s Kitchen, has outgrown Pizazz and the managers at Times Square reached out to her to see if she’d be interested in bringing her unique flavors to the Penthouse Floor, utilizing the commercial kitchen.At Times Square, the hours for Saibeen’s Kitchen will be, Tuesday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. She’ll continue posting her menu to Saibeen’s Kitchen Facebook page on Mondays.
Acord launched her culinary enterprise at Pizazz in November 2016 and recently added a third day for her lunch offerings. Acord said she was getting busier and sometimes had to turn people away for lack of seating. Times Square, at 525 Central Ave, has dedicated a large area of the Great Falls Wedding and Event Center for her growing lunch clientele and will be able to seat over 50 people.If demand continues, Acord indicated she could expand to a fourth day for lunch. Her customers have been encouraging her to offer dinner service, but for now she’s keeping it simple. “I am so grateful for all the love and support of the community in helping me build my business,” said Acord. “I will continue with lunches, and we’ll take it one step at a time.”
She had previously run a catering business as well as her own restaurant in Calgary, but left it to raise her kids. For a time, she also worked as an air traffic controller, then in May of 2016, she moved to Great Falls where she got back in the kitchen. “My passion has always been cooking. I’m especially excited to be able to bring the unique flavors of India and East Africa to Great Falls. I’m so thankful that the wonderful people of our community have been so accepting and welcoming”
Acord will also begin teaching several courses through Great Falls College MSU’s Lifelong Learning in January.