MISSOULAThe National Association of College and University Food Services awarded the University of Montana’s Iron Griz – An American Bistro the grand prize in its 2016 Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards.

The Iron Griz, located at the UM Golf Course, began operating one year ago after an extensive renovation of the club house building.

More than 80 colleges and universities across the United States, Canada and Mexico submitted entries in six categories, and a team of six judges examined each entry before carefully selecting top candidates in each category.
    The Iron Griz first earned the gold award in the single-concept retail operation category for a large university. From this elite group of gold-award winning operations, it was recently selected as a grand prize winner.
“The Loyal E. Horton Award is the highest accolade a venue can receive for facility, concept, marketing and menu design in our industry,” said Mark LoParco, director of UM Dining. “The awards showcase the best of collegiate food service concepts across the country.”
The Iron Griz offers American cuisine featuring seasonal ingredients from local farmers, purchased through the UM Farm to College Program, as well as produce from UM Dining gardens. The beef is USDA Prime wagyu from Belgrade. The Iron Griz is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. The restaurant is located at 515 South Ave. E. For additional information, visit http://www.irongriz.com/.