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Coming home

Homemade comfort food the focus at Pop’s Grill

POLSON — Pop’s Grill has turned over a new leaf. 

The downtown eatery was purchased Aug. 31 by Keith and Elizabeth Johnson. 

Keith, a Polson-area native, and Elizabeth, who grew up in Libby, had been on the road for three years for Keith’s construction-related jobs when they decided to come back to Montana following the death of Keith’s mother, Myrna DuCharme Johnson, in late April. 

“She wanted Keith to come back home,” Elizabeth said. “We use her recipe for cheese gravy and pancake gravy. Her cherry pies are coming.”

The couple also wanted to be close to their five children and six grandchildren. 

Elizabeth previously owned and operated MK Steakhouse in Libby for a number of years, so the restaurant business is not new to her. 

Pop’s makes food from scratch every morning, she said, noting this was a change from the previous ownership. This includes some new menu items such as corned beef hash, biscuits and gravy, Mexican omelettes, cinnamon rolls, chicken-fried steak, Reuben sandwiches, chicken alfredo fettuccine and coffee made from fresh-ground beans. 

“We take pride in our food,” she said. “We want to please every single customer even if they’re unpleasable!” 

“We’ve done so many changes, it’s hard to remember them all,” she said. “We’re going to keep expanding and working on delicious comfort food that you can’t get anywhere else.” 

Located at 214 Main St. downtown, Pop’s plans to add fresh homemade pies and a juice bar in the near future. 

Regular visitors to the establishment may recognize server Jolynn Gravagno and longtime cook Zac Combs. In addition, Ashley Johnson, the couple’s daughter, also helps out. 

Pop’s Grill is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. Breakfast and lunch are served all day. Take-out orders and catering are also available. 

Call 406-883-1115. 

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