Smuggler’s Inn originally began in 1967 as Bar X Steakhouse, an American company. Owner Frank Krowicki bought out his partners and went to work bringing a brand new concept to Calgary. His vision included a mix of casual, late night fine dining and live piano bar called Smuggler’s Inn.
Over the years, the building expanded around Smuggler’s Inn, with the addition of the Winelite dining room on the west side, and the Backstreet Lounge and Dining Room on the north side.
As the dining scene in Calgary began to change, Frank too realized Calgarians were looking for new and innovative choices and he began working on fresh ideas to meet the needs of the growing population. The first was the conversion of Backstreet Lounge to Open Sesame in 2000, where they have been serving fresh, Pan Asian cuisine to happy customers ever since.
In 2007 came the conversion of Backstreet dining room to Bolero. Calgary’s first Brazilian steakhouse, Bolero continues to satisfy meat lovers with its unique and interactive style of dining.
Their latest addition is Tango Bistro on the west side of the building, which was the Winelite dining room. At Tango Bistro, they bring together delicious, hand crafted small plates and fantastic wine to create a casual atmosphere for all to enjoy.
In May 2013, Smuggler’s Inn celebrated 40 years of serving mouth-watering Alberta prime rib and steaks, alongside many original items which have made them famous around the world. Four restaurants under one roof keeps them very busy, but they wouldn’t have it any other way.
And the rest, as they say, is history!