We are a family-owned craft microbrewery and 200-seat family-friendly barbecue restaurant (brewpub) based solely in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Ever since our founding in early 2016, we aimed to become a renowned destination that would be known as an integral part of our community, and which people would aspire to be a part of, whether as patrons, staff, entertainers, artists, partners, suppliers or service providers. We opened our doors to the public in June of 2018, and have experienced tremendous success and support from Calgarians, as well as the Alberta community as a whole.
Our tag line is “Beer, Barbecue, Friends”, because we want to bring people together in our conversation-friendly, family-friendly, easy-going setting to commiserate over beer and barbecue. COVID-19 has really thrown a wrench in our plan, but that isn’t stopping us from providing world-class barbecue and craft beer to Calgarians through takeout and delivery. Check out this page to read more about why we had to close our dining room and what you can do to help us keep operating.
Our mission statement reads as follows:
With quality at its centre, Prairie Dog will strengthen the social and economic fabric of our community through disruptive, ethical and sustainable business practices that provide a proven model for other businesses to follow, leading to a legacy of change within our community greater than a single company could achieve on its own.
This may sound like a lofty goal, but the sad truth is that the restaurant industry is full of discrimination, deceptive tactics and abusive, unethical labour practices, so there are dozens of ways that we differentiate ourselves from the rest of the industry, like by providing fair wages and making no expectation of tips from our customers. This makes it harder on us financially, sure, but we believe it’s the right thing to do in order to succeed at our vision.
On the positive side, Alberta is chock-full of innovative small businesses that provide excellent products and services that we can use in our food, beer, and general operations, which makes it easy for us to support and strengthen our community and the Alberta economy.