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Big Sky business in limbo as dispute continues

By Jordan Moore, KTVM Reporter, jmoore@ktvm.com
Published On: Aug 06 2014 05:57:24 AM MDT
Updated On: Jun 16 2014 06:10:07 PM MDT
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BIG SKY, Mont. -

A popular Big Sky business is still in limbo after the owners says an out-of-state developer is trying to close their doors.

The Corral bar, steakhouse, and motel has been in business since 1946. Parts of the restaurant, including the septic system, actually sit on land owned by an out of state developer.

The developer sued in 2010, saying the Corral was trespassing on the land, and ultimately won after a decision by the state supreme court.

The developer gave the Corral a deadline of Sunday for the owner to remove everything from his property. However, on Sunday afternoon we found the restaurant open and busy.

Co-owner Devon White says he will continue to serve his customers until he's forced out.

Along with a community support Facebook page, one of the owners' teenage sons helped create an online fund-raising campaign to help keep them in business.

White says he is just taking it one day at a time.

"What else can we do? We just, we have to operate it as long as we can. You see how many people are here today, I mean we can't close down unless we get shut down," said White.

We checked on the status of the online fund-raiser and as of Monday morning they had raised $14,630.