Kallabat has run the liquor store for the past 40 years and now owns the entire building. In 2018, the friends began tossing around ideas about what to do with the 6,000 sq ft of space next door that wasn’t being used. Two years later, they began turning the former auto shop into The Canopy Lounge. Opre being a long time, local custom home builder, began construction. It was named after the former Canopy restaurant that closed in the early 80s that the chef, Andy previously worked for as well. The co-owners even kept a similar, though more modern, logo and theme.
After a fight with COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, liquor license delays, building material shortages and more, the friends eventually won the battle. The Canopy Lounge was constructed to invoke intimate conversation between guests, while providing a relaxing, homey atmosphere. In fact, Opre brought a little piece of his family history into the decoration of the place. He and his father shared a lifetime of wild game hunting together, and many of his trophies—past and present—can be found along the walls of the lounge including a leopard, mountain lion, and dall sheep.
The lounge space was built with a backroom which the men eventually plan to use for private meetings and tastings. Their ideas for the future have included wine and bourbon tastings, wild game dinners, and an outdoor patio area for seating. While the road to opening The Canopy Lounge was a long one, the friends have looked forward to sitting down with their community to toast this new adventure.