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Monday Montanan: Ethan Sky Owner of Ninja Mike's

Ethan Sky, owner of Ninja Mike’s, stands in the window of his food truck on in March. Ninja Mike’s began serving locally sourced breakfast options in 2009 at the Clark Fork Farmers Market in downtown Missoula. The restaurant has announced it is moving into the Mountain Line Downtown Transfer Center retail space.

Missoula's downtown crowd is about to get a new breakfast joint.

Ninja Mike's, a popular food stand and truck that has served locally sourced breakfast sandwiches and coffee at the Clark Fork Farmers Market for a decade, has announced it is moving into the Mountain Line Downtown Transfer Center retail space.

Owner Ethan Sky said he's shooting for a July 2018 opening, pending construction and improvements to the kitchen area. The retail space at the Mountain Line bus transfer center was once used as a pizza shop, which was popular with the late-night crowd. A Subway sandwich shop didn't last long there, either.

“At Ninja Mike’s, we feel that sustainable commuting and sustainable food should go hand-in-hand,” Sky said in a statement. “This is a great opportunity to bring some local, sustainably sourced food to Downtown Missoula, and our goal is providing transit riders and all Missoulians with a community-based quick breakfast option.”

Ninja Mike's began as a food stand at the farmers market in 2009 before expanding to a mobile food truck in 2016. Sky said he's dedicated to "intentional food resourcing" through relationships with local farmers, ranchers, bakers and other suppliers. The new downtown location will offer online ordering, made-to-order and grab-and-go options.

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Along with the famous breakfast sandwiches, they will feature burritos, tacos, potato skillets, locally roasted coffees and more.

“We’re really excited to welcome Ninja Mike’s to the Transfer Center for our riders and the general public,” said Amy Cilimburg, Mountain Line board chair. “Zero-fare benefits our entire community through increased ridership, and we hope Ninja Mike’s can help us keep all these new commuters fueled up and ready to tackle their day.”

Earlier this year, Sky and his wife created a comedic online video to crowdfund their new retail space.

“Ethan and Ninja Mike’s have shown that they’re committed to offering a great product that meets the needs of people on the go, who still want to enjoy high-quality food,” Cilimburg said. “We’re excited to see them bring great cuisine and new energy to the Transfer Center.”

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