New restaurant opens in Stratford

Copperhead Saloon offers food, drinks in lodge-like setting

- Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Billie Shelton Watched over by the bobcat mounted on the wall behind them, owner Jeff Bergman (left)and manager Dylan Crowder take a break at the Copperhead Saloon, located along highway 175 in Stratford.

STRATFORD - Copperhead Saloon is the newest business in Stratford. The large, inviting lodge-like dining room area decorated with mounts of deer and elk is already attracting customers to enjoy good food and drinks with their friends and family since it’s been open for several weeks now.

“What makes such a place successful, to me, is that the community has a place come, see others, and relax,” said Dylan Crowder, manager of Copperhead. Owner of the new business is Stratford native Jeff (Spanky) Bergman, who spent three years remodeling the building.

Hours for Copperhead are 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m., seven days a week. Crowder said hours will likely be extended on weekends. In addition to menu items, there is a daily special served for lunch and supper. The special on Fridays is ribs, Saturday prime rib, and the Sunday dinner special is fried chicken. Cowder said hours will likely be extended on weekends.

“Our specials have been well received so far, and we plan to build on that,” Crowder stated, adding that the restaurant is family friendly.

Cowder and his staff are looking forward to holding outside events such as car and motorcycle shows on the patio behind the building during warm weather, as well as live music inside. “I’ve always liked good community charity events, especially those for children,” said Cowder, who has managed restaurants and bars in other areas for years.

“We’re happy to be here. We’re thankful for the opportunity and plan to make the most of it,” Crowder commented. “Our doors are open, and people are enjoying it.”


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