Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Costa Elles gets new liquor license for old Seven space

Opa restaurant kings apply for lounge license for something new on Grafton in 2010.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Shoptalk has learned that Opa Greek Taverna kings Costa Elles and Chris Tzaneteas have been granted a new liquor licence, for a new establishment to go into the location of their late, lamented wine bar Seven (1579 Grafton Street). The former licence for Seven has been transferred a new Dartmouth Crossing location of Opa, to open at 150 Hector Gate. It will join the Argyle/Blowers Street and Bayers Lake locations of the upscale Greek eatery. Read the NSUARB decision for more.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Fancy Pantry and Breads offers home delivery

New artisanal baker Jessica Ross offers quality german-style sourdough breads and hot pie deliveries to downtown foodies.

Posted By on Tue, Dec 22, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Peninsula dwellers! Would you like eight weeks of sourdough bread delivery to your door? Sign up with Jessica Ross (, 405-9107) and her company Fancy Pantry and Breads. Previous to bread delivery, Ross studied bread-making in Germany---the sourdough will be the German style---and lived on a farm. She’s sold her bread on a stand she set up on Agricola on Wednesdays in the summer. Ross makes all the bread herself, renting a local bakery when it’s empty and delivering the bread on her bicycle around the peninsula. She also makes jams and pies, and you can sign up for pie delivery too. Her next subscription period starts January 6, so get in touch with her before then to get your early-new-year bread delivery. Check out her web page to check prices and sign up.
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Saturday, December 19, 2009

All Hail The Midtown Tavern

New Midtown "customer-friendly and lady-friendly," say owners of their new home in Boomers on Grafton. Note: after tavern hours, the space becomes Boomers nightclub again.

Posted By on Sat, Dec 19, 2009 at 4:00 AM

“The other place is done. It went out with a bang, but we’re happy here,” says Midtown co-owner Eric Grant of his establishment, which was much beloved at its previous location---for 60 years at the corner of Grafton and Prince. Since the beginning of September it’s just a block north of there at 1744 Grafton, right on the corner of George Street, across from the Metro Centre. Grant describes the new location as “unbelievable” in terms of its traffic and appeal to both its traditional customer base and newcomers. “Everybody loves it,” he says, explaining that with the large windows in front, people wander by and see all the friendly faces within and want to join them. “It’s new-customer-friendly and lady-friendly,” says Grant. The ease of access to the Metro Centre is certainly a plus for them, too. “We were only a block further away before, but now [customers] hang around for an extra drink” before the hockey game or the concert. “And when the Mooseheads win, they come back afterward.” But Grant assures Shoptalk and all the former denizens of the Midtown that if we drop in we will find very little about the place changed, aside from the locale and 25 extra seats. Also keep in mind, Boomers Lounge still exists at the same location, the club kicking into gear every night after 10:30pm.
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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Mexico Lindo closes for the holiday

Guess you will have to keep that holiday enchilada urge at home till the new year.

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Does the idea of sipping cervezas under a palm tree, warming your toes in the sand and staring across crystal clear, blue, placid waters sound pretty damn good right now? Shoptalk suspects that's what the owners of Mexico Lindo (3635 Dutch Village Road, 445-0996) have in mind since their delectable Mexican cuisine will be unavailable to us for a couple of weeks. They are closing up shop from December 19 through January 14. And yes, we are browsing the last-minute vacation destination websites as a result.
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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Armview reno coming soon

Restaurant to expand into the old baber shop space next door.

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 4:00 AM

Come January, the Armview (7156 Chebucto Road, 455-4395) will be a little roomier. A barber shop that once occupied the space next door to the popular west-end diner has closed with the passing of the barber in the summer of 2009. “We took the place over,” announces Armview co-owner George Kapetanakis. “We’re waiting to get some permits and we hope to open [the new space] early in the new year.” The new lounge will easily hold a group of 20 and be available for private parties, wine-tastings, meeting and the like, a genuine multi-purpose room as well as simply more space for customers on busy days. “We’re going to be maneuvering tables from the existing lounge to make it more casual,” says Kapetanakis. And don’t sweat it that the renovations will disturb your regular meals or holiday get-togethers at the Armview, since the work next door has been on-going during off hours. Though part of the restaurant might close for a few days just before the new section opens, “for the most part it’ll be pretty seamless,” says Kapetanakis.
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