The legendary Dirty Shame Saloon was brought out of foreclosure in February, purchased by longtime friends and current co-owners, John Runkle and Ray Falzone. By the end of July, the new owners plan to return the Yaak cornerstone back into a roadhouse as dirty and shameful as it ever was.
The pair met in 1981 as roommates stationed in Italy as U.S. paratroopers in the 509th Airborne Battalion combat team. Runkle and Falzone became life-long friends although taking different directions just two years later. They kept in contact for the next 30 years, ultimately leading to a reunion in Yaak to revive one of the most notorious saloons in western Montana.