By Pam Burke 

Kitchen Cache: Chef Anthony Windyboy, co-owner Boxcars Restaurant and Bar


August 1, 2019

Ryan Berry/Havre Daily News

Anthony Windyboy moves around the kitchen at Boxcars Restaurant and Bar with a fluid efficiency that speaks of choreography. The speed at which he brings the multiple elements of the restaurant's Western Burger together belies Windyboy's laid-back stillness while talking about the business in the dining room moments before. To be honest, the burger isn't for a waiting customer with a limited lunch hour. It's for the photographer who is shadowing Windyboy through all his motions. This speed, though, the rhythm and the pace, they are a chef's second nature and as much a part of the recipe as the ingredients. The sequence of steps started with a handful of onion slices and ends with a perfectly plated burger and fries as the final footfall.

Between them, Anthony and Ashley Windyboy, owners of Boxcars, had a combined 23 years in the food service industry before buying Boxcars in April 2018. Ashley, who runs the bar at Boxcars, had waitressed for about 10 years and Anthony had run a restaurant kitchen for 13, but they both knew that they wanted to own their own restaurant one day.

"This opportunity presented itself, and we just jumped on it," he said.

The building had housed both a bar and restaurant from the beginning, several years ago. The restaurant, though, hadn't been in operation for a few years, Windyboy said, so they...

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