March 1st, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 9
Popiel’s restaurant gets a makeover
The restaurant underwent extensive renovations and a name change to Limber Pine Smokehouse and Taberna
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Brad and Sally Clark stand behind their brand new industrial rustic bar at Limber Pine Smokehouse and Taberna along Highway 3 in Coleman, formerly known as Popeil's.
Pass Herald Reporter
Popiel’s restaurant along Highway 3 in Coleman is getting a new look, a new name and a revamped menu, but Limber Pine Smokehouse and Taberna, as it will now be known, will have the same freshly homemade comfort food.

Husband-wife owners Sally and Brad Clark say that after over four years of operating the restaurant as Popiel’s, they wanted to make the establishment their own and thought that changing it up to appeal to a younger demographic with an appetite for a more rustic, relaxed atmosphere is what fit the bill.

“The clientele started changing and we thought it would be a good idea to change it up completely. About 15 years ago, Crowsnest Pass was mostly retirement and now we’re noticing lots of families and younger people coming in, so we want to attract those people,” says Brad.

Sally adds that being situated along the highway, they wanted the restaurant to appeal to travelers looking for a casual meal and easygoing atmosphere.

“We have a lot of travelers where they want a burger and a beer. They don’t want fancy stuff. A big change like this was needed to attract and make people linger after their food,” says Sally. “Our theme is a Western, industrial type of thing. We want to keep it cowboy classy.”
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The menu will continue to offer fresh, home-cooked meals, but with a new emphasis on smoked meats.

Brad learned the art of meat smoking when he worked at Pic’s Roadhouse, now called RumRunner. He says that finding a restaurant that serves smoked meat is a rare find in Southwestern Alberta.

The menu also boasts more appetizers and more Mexican-infused dishes, inspired by Sally’s background and memories of when the two lived in Mexico.

The space went through extensive renovations in the past week, from the installation of new booths and light fixtures to an entire bar area with a variety of spirits to choose from, including four varieties of local draft beer. Guests can now sit and enjoy a drink and meal on one of the highchair stools at the rustic industrial bar counter made of glossy, heavy-set wood from Brad’s grandparents’ farm in Pincher Creek.

Projectors and televisions line the walls to broadcast sporting events, and the restaurant also provides a conference room equipped with an HDMI cable for easy laptop hookups for conferences or meetings.

The new name and logo were specially designed to reflect and represent Crowsnest Pass, as the limber pine is an iconic feature of Southwestern Alberta, particularly embodied in the Burmis Tree. The logo spotlights a crow sitting on a limber pine.
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The Clarks took over Popiel’s in 2012 from Ted and Grace Popiel, who are very supportive of the changes.

“We’re really grateful because our relationship with them is not purely business,” says Sally. “They have been a huge part of our lives as mentors. They treat us like family.”

“If I learned anything from Ted,” says Brad, “it’s that he was always changing stuff up.”

The restaurant is currently operating under new business hours, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., while the few minor menu and renovation tweaks are polished off. Everyone is invited to Limber Pine Smokehouse and Taberna’s grand opening on March 4. Appetizer samples and specialty cocktails will be served throughout the day and gift certificates for the restaurant will be drawn. The restaurant is located at 8329 29 Ave. in Coleman.
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March 1st, 2017 ~ Vol. 87 No. 9
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