The owners and chef here at Stone Hill Kitchen have family roots in Bigfork that go back more than 40 years. We are proud to be creating new relationships and contributing to the local community. The restaurant property is owned by husband and wife, Andrew and Bonnie Matosich.
Andrew was born in Kalispell and is the son of the late Steve Matosich, who was a teacher and the principal at the junior high school in Whitefish from 1953 to 1969. Andrew and his brother Mike helped their father, Steve, build the family home on Swan Lake from 1976 to 1980. Steve passed in 2007, but his wife, Shirley, who is 91, still calls Swan Lake home. Bonnie Matosich was born in Missoula, where she graduated as the valedictorian and student body president of Sentinel High School in 1980. Both Andrew and Bonnie attended the University of Montana, before moving to Washington D.C., where they worked for the CIA for five years. They also both attended the University of Virginia, where they received graduate degrees: Andrew in law and Bonnie in business. Before returning home to MT last year, Bonnie was an executive with the Walt Disney Company and Andrew a former partner at Summit Entertainment, known for the international box office sensation Twilight and its sequels and for the Academy-Award winning film, Hurt Locker.
Stone Hill is proud to be involved in the local community and our kitchen include both graduates and students of The Culinary Institute of Montana at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell. Chef Hudak from the Culinary Institute “appreciates our students being hired locally and trained further.”
Joining the Stone Hill staff is Laura Franzina, whom many Flathead diners know from her years at her family restaurant, Moroldo’s, which closed in 2018. “We are so fortunate that Laura has joined us. She was the heart and soul of Moroldo’s, and she brings that same love, devotion, and attention to detail to Stone Hill. To us she is like a mother grizzly looking after her cubs. She is family.”