Welcome to Park Cafe & Grocery, located at the East Entrance to Glacier National Park in Montana.
Stop in for a delicious homemade meal!
- Delicious homemade pies
- Breakfast every day until 11
- Pancakes, Benedicts
- Great breakfast sandwiches
- Montana bacon & sausage
- Burgers on homemade buns
- Buffalo Brats
- Sandwiches & wraps
- Fresh salads
- Homemade veggie burgers
- Montana ice cream
- Lots More!
- Check out our menu for more tasty options!
Our grocery and gift shop carries:
- T-shirts and other clothing items
- Fishing poles and fishing tackle
- Camping gear, supplies, stove fuel, bug repellent
- Automotive supplies
- Montana beers and wine
- Mountain House dehydrated food
- Energy bars
- Ice snacks
- Pendleton blankets
- Indian jewelry
- Montana Silver and otherJewelry
- Huckleberry products
- Christmas ornaments
- Park maps and guide books
- And more!
Brief History of the Park Café and Grocery
The Park Café and Grocery, located at the east entrance of Glacier National Park, was started by Helen and her late husband Ed Hilton in 1952. In those early days Ed, with the help of his friends, Lester and Ruth Johnson, went to St. Mary to start building his tourist business. They rented some earth moving equipment to fill and level the ground even with Highway 89 and dig holes for two underground gas storage tanks. They constructed a building for a gas station and a café. Ed also bought some cabins and furnished them so they could be rented to patrons because accommodations were slim in Glacier National Park at that time.
About 1958, the Johnsons purchased some land across the highway up on the hill. They bought a large log building and started their own café. At about the same time, Ed bought a used gas station that had an office and two automotive stalls in Great Falls, Montana. He moved it to St. Mary and placed it on a cement foundation that he poured.
From 1964 to 1970, several improvements were made. Ed built a grocery store, a gift shop, and a dormitory in the back. An apartment was added over the store for his family to live in. He added a second gas station with four pumps, a private office, and two new gas tanks. Helen ran the café and Ed ran the grocery store, gift shop, and gas station with the help of their four children and seasonal employees. The entire family spent their summers working at St. Mary.
In 1981, Ed hired Rob Hiestand and his sister Kathryn along with her husband Neil Miller to manage his business. For 32 years, the business prospered under their management and in 2013, the manager's agreement came to an end. Starting in 2014, the Park Café and Grocery was managed by the Hilton family once again. Last year was a learning experience for us. It was great to be back home with family and friends. We have made some exciting changes this year that we think you will like. We will strive to listen to your feedback and improve as each season comes and goes. We are looking forward to meeting and serving you. Please stop in and say hello.
When visiting Glacier, you really must stop at St. Mary to check out the Park Café to experience the Power of Pie! Our world famous Homemade Pies are not to be missed. On any given day our busy bakers make 50 pies per day with about 10 different varieties of both fruit and cream pies. Our fruit pies are the perfect blend of fruit, sugar, secret thickener, and an outstanding flaky crust, for a flavorful, not too sweet, delectable pie. The cream pies are pure heaven with everything homemade. Because man cannot live on pie alone, the Park Café has a great menu with fantastic food designed to satisfy the appetite of even the hungriest travelers.