The Mustard Seed
The Mustard Seed was started in 1978 in Missoula, Montana by a group of friends and family. Included in that group were Betty and Nancy Tokumoto and Betty's husband, David Hall, who still is active in the company today. Betty and Nancy grew up in Okinawa, Bangkok, and Hawaii and attended college in Oregon, so they have the unique ability of blending the cooking styles of the Far East with the tastes of the Pacific Northwest. Gary Siemens, a Missoula physician, joined the company in 1984 and Craig Langel, an accountant, joined the company in 1997. We have since had several other partners join our company including Steve Kemple another Missoula physician.
Several of our other partners have grown from within our company. Ed Schafer started out in 1986 at our downtown Spokane Mustard Seed as a busboy. He worked his way up to become General Manager and in 1999 became a partner of the Spokane Mustard Seed restaurants. Larry Ross started as a line cook in high school when we opened our Spokane Valley Mustard Seed in 1987. After working for us for 5 years, he took a 10-year leave and returned to us in 2002 as part of our management company. In 2004, he became a partner of several of the Noodle Express restaurants. He is now the Director of Operations for the company. Dan McKittrick is currently our Bar & Casino Manager for our Missoula Southgate Mall Mustard Seed as well as becoming a partner of several of our locations. FInally we have Tim Leegan, our General Manager of the Missoula Southgate Mall Mustard Seed, who has been with us for over 20 years and joined us as a partner a couple years ago.
Our Asian-style dishes are prepared with fresh vegetables, lean meats, and light sauces. Most items at the Mustard Seed are prepared from scratch. Our vegetables and meats are cut fresh every day, and our signature sauces and dressings are made by hand. Our menu is healthy - we never add MSG or oxidants. We have always tried to provide the best quality at a reasonable price. Our facilities offer a casual, comfortable atmosphere where we know you will enjoy your dining experience. If you prefer, take-out and delivery services are available.
The Mustard Seed continually strives to bring imaginative and tasty new dishes to our already expansive menu. We thrive on creating a well-mixed Asian blend of dishes. Recently, we have added new dishes such as our General Mustard's Chicken, Green Beans, Shanghai Beef Noodle and Burmese Shrimp Noodle along with many other specials that our restaurants create. Our Missoula Mustard Seed has created a new dessert menu that offers Spectacular Desserts, made fresh at our restaurant daily. We currently have two locations to serve you: Northtown Mall in Spokane and Southgate Mall in Missoula.
We are proud of our reputation in the community and for the recognition our restaurants have received in the past. We have received numerous awards for the best Asian restaurant by the Spokesman Review, Spokane Inlander, Inland Northwest Family Magazine, The Missoulian and many others. Our customers have come to expect great food and excellent service. We strive every day to meet those expectations.