When the M&M bar burned down, Butte lost part of the mining town’s history. The M&M neon sign no longer illuminates Main Street and there is a giant hole where the building used to be.
After writing “The Cabbage Patch,” a book detailing the lives of people who lived in one of Butte’s poorest communities, author Jake Sorich was looking for a new story to tell when the M&M burned down.
Sorich decided it was time to write about the historic bar.
“It would just be a good way to remember what was here and remember the bar and all the people and just the history of a 131 year old bar,” Sorich said.
The book is divided into three main parts: the day of the fire, the history of the M&M bar and a collection of personal stories.
For 6 months, Sorich and his grandfather interviewed the people closest to the bar. People who worked there, people who owned the bar, people who knew or were related to people close to the bar.
“We tried to have as many living people who had a direct relationship with the bar as possible and just to hear their stories and hear what it was for them and what it meant for them to see him go down. and what it was going to mean for them to rebuild it, ”Sorich said.
Sorich hopes the book will help people remember the good times they spent in the historic bar.
“Everyone has an M&M story. They really cherish the place and it was really a part of Butte as much as Butte was a part of it,” he said.
The book can be found in Books and Books, The Corner Bookstore and wherever books are sold.
Jake Sorich and M&M owner Selina Pankovich will be at Books & Books Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to sign and answer questions about the bar and the book.