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More than 20 years of serving up ribs, steak and pizza has earned a Portage la Prairie restaurant "outstanding" status.
Bill’s Sticky Fingers owners Roxanne and Bill Protopapas received the Portage & District Chamber of Commerce award for Outstanding Small Business on Nov. 24.
Protopapas emigrated from Greece to Canada in 1966, and first opened a restaurant in Portage la Prairie 36 years ago. He later left that business and opened Bill’s Sticky Fingers, specializing in ribs, steak and pizza in 1992 at 210 Saskatchewan Ave. E.
He said he decided to settle in Portage.
"I think I found my comfort here, my friends."
Restaurants come and go, and Protopapas credits his loyal customers and staff, one of whom has worked for him since he opened Bill’s Stick Fingers, for the longevity of his restaurant.
"I do have a good crew."
Roxanne helps with catering and accounting.
"She’s definitely part of it," Protopapas said.
While some menu items have changed over the years, Protopapas still offers his three main staples.
"The ribs are number one; pizza is two, then steak," he said.
He said his location on Portage’s busiest street and advertising have helped bring out-of-town customers into his restaurant, but he values his regulars.
"I can tell if someone comes in and I don’t know them, then they are from outside Portage."
St. Vital community correspondent
Andrea Geary is a community correspondent for St. Vital and was once the community journalist for The Headliner.