October 25th, 2020

Local restaurants, pubs looking to welcome families and pets

By Mabell, Dave on November 23, 2019.

The local Pops Pub group has been adding new features to some of their restaurants such as pet-friendly patios, as well as looking to add all-ages areas for family dining. Herald photo by Ian Martens @IMartensHerald

Dave Mabell

Lethbridge Herald


Families – and their pets – will be welcomed at more Lethbridge restaurants.

Scott Crighton, founder of the local Pop’s Pub group, has found southern Albertans appreciate being able to bring their canine friends onto a sunny patio during summer months.

He says the new option, approved earlier by the Alberta Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Commission, was tested a year ago on the expansive Coulee Brew patio. That went well, he says, and the privilege was expanded to other Pop’s locations this year.

Each is posted with rules of conduct for owners’ guidance, and alerts for customers who might feel uncomfortable with a dog present. Owners must remove their dog if there’s a problem, but Crighton says those have been rare.

“The dogs and owners have been fantastic,” he adds.

Inside, he reports, the Pop’s group is taking steps to make some locations open to all ages. On the westside, with relatively few restaurants, he says a dividing wall will be added at Mojo’s Craft Pub and Grill to create a “family” side.

Crighton says that’s also in the works for the Coulee Brew pub and grill, surrounded by mid-sized hotels with no cafe or dining facilities. After an all-ages area is created, he says he’ll be able to add a pool table to the adult side as offered in other locations.

Meanwhile Crighton says a change in decor – and restoration of a well-recognized name – has proved positive at what had been known as “Pop’s West.” It’s now called “The Duke,” as it was for decades, serving a younger crowd including university students.

While most Pop’s locations attract “baby boomers” and others in their neighbourhood, Crighton says it’s important for people in the hospitality industry to recognize the demographics of the people who support different locations.

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