The Ma Perkins Cafe
Copyright 2004


 The Ma Perkin's Cafe was built in the early 1930's by Maude Perkins of Lodgegrass, MT. She was affectionately known as "Ma". " Maude died on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2000, at the Sidney Health Center Extended Care Facility.

 Millions of meals were served here over the years before it was recently turned into a Grocery store. Some of Cooke City's most notorious employees worked here, leaving us memories of some "special", or "interesting" or just "plain good folks". Visit the guestbook section for some examples.

 My first association with the Ma Perkins Cafe came in 1965. The restaurant had been purchased by Mrs. Ann Baranko from Puyallup WA, who ran it with the help of family and friends. Sadly, she passed away in 2002. Ann had a strong moral compass and made certain that all of us young folks behaved like ladies and gentlemen when we visited the Cafe. Ma's had a juke box that we usually fed while waiting for our meals. One evening the juke box man came while we were there. Ann told him to remove the song "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones because she consdered it immoral. We talked him into leaving the song on the box, but under a phony label. A few days later we played the song. In less than a minute Ann walked out from the kitchen and unpluged the juke box.. The look she gave us on the way back to the kitchen made four young men look straight ahead and sit up like gentlemen. The juke box remained unplugged until the man returned two weeks later.