By Heather Cameron
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
attlemen’s Chophouse Taber celebrated their soft opening on Wednesday, December 20, at their newly-renovated location inside the historic Imperial Bank building in downtown Taber.
“The idea to expand into Taber was born out of the success in Picture Butte and the desire to bring their unique culinary experience to more communities,” said Ram Khanal, Restauranteur and Owner of Cattlemen’s Chophouse in Picture Butte, and now Taber.
The Taber location (5227 48 Avenue), Khanal said, is housed in a historic building (originally constructed in 1912) that once served as a bank, and promises to bring a blend of history and modern dining.
“The reception in Taber has been overwhelmingly positive, with residents eagerly awaiting the arrival of Cattlemen’s Chophouse,” said Khanal. “Similarly, the community in Picture Butte has expressed pride and excitement about the brand’s expansion. The new location in Taber will mirror the core values of its Picture Butte counterpart while incorporating unique elements that resonate with the Taber community.”
Originally founded in Picture Butte in 2015, Cattlemen’s Chophouse is owned and operated by Khanal and Olga Iagnichenko. Khanal is from Nepal and Iagnichenko is from Ukraine, and the couple came to Canada 12 years ago, turning the historic Picture Butte Hotel into the ‘culinary gem’ it is today.
“Cattlemen’s Chophouse is not just a restaurant; it’s an experience,” said Khanal. “Known for its ‘Farm to Fork’ approach, the restaurant prides itself on serving fresh, locally-sourced produce, offering a taste of authentic, homey cuisine. The Picture Butte location has been a beloved spot, appreciated by locals and visitors alike for its quality dishes and warm ambiance.”
Their vision and relentless efforts, Khanal says, transformed a humble beginning with one additional employee into a thriving culinary enterprise, now encompassing four restaurants including the Water Tower Grill, Telegraph Taphouse, and the original Cattlemen’s Chophouse in Picture Butte. Khanal says that, under the umbrella of Butte Hospitality Restaurants, he and Iagnichenko have created a thriving business model, providing employment to 91 full-time and part-time employees across their establishments.
Khanal says that in reflecting on their journey, he and Iagnichenko express immense gratitude and hope. They envision Cattlemen’s Chophouse as not just a dining spot but a place where communities come together. Khanal says that while there are tentative plans to expand to other communities, the focus remains on ensuring that the Taber location becomes a beloved space for families and food enthusiasts.
Khanal says that as he and Iagnichenko prepare for the grand opening, they invite everyone to be a part of their journey and to experience the warmth and taste of Cattlemen’s Chophouse.
“Cattlemen’s Chophouse Taber is not just an extension of a brand; it’s a testament to the power of dreams, hard work, and community spirit,” said Khanal.
The restaurant will be open Monday – Thursday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., and Friday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.