Holiday Inn in Great Falls adds convention space
GREAT FALLS – Tony Roma’s restaurant is back in Great Falls. The new location will be in the Holiday Inn at 1100 5th Street South.
The Holiday Inn will also soon have an additional 10,000 square feet of convention and meeting space in addition to the hotel’s 7,000 square feet of meeting space.
“These additional 10,000 will make it the largest hotel-affiliated convention space in the Golden Triangle, allowing us to host more state association meetings that benefit everyone,” said Jolene Schalper of the Great Falls Development Authority. “When people come to town, they don’t just stay there, they stay somewhere else and attend conferences, so we’re pretty excited about that.”
The GFDA is partnering with the Montana Board of Investments to provide two COVID-19 relief capital loans to the Great Falls hospitality industry. These two loans will go to these two projects and replace their current working capital.
Schalper says the loans will allow them to keep moving forward with their current and future projects. “We are very excited because this project is expected to create 30 to 40 new jobs for this market, which is fantastic,” she said. “These are jobs that will be replaced by other successes that we have taken in the service sector.”
According to a 2020 study by the Pew Research Center, service sector jobs, such as restaurants, hotels and retail, were most at risk of being cut during the COVID pandemic. 19.
Schalper was not yet sure when Tony Roma opened, but confirmed it should be in 2021. She also said she believes construction of the convention space will begin this year.