Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Carlito’s changes hands

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Last week Shoptalk reported that Carlitos Café (6220 Quinpool Road, 444-7555) is closing, but good news for fans of their excellent coffee: the business has been sold to a gentleman named Noel Gallagher who intends on reopening the café April 12. His intent is to keep the café pretty much as is, though perhaps add more “European-style stuff” to the menu, in food and beverages. Oh, and expect a name change: in the next month or so it will become known as Paddy’s Café.
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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easter Weekend Openings

Posted By on Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Did you know it was only two years ago that you couldn’t buy a drink in a bar on Good Friday? If you ordered food you could have a drink with a meal, but if you wanted to exercise your right to get loaded on a holy day in the Christian calendar, it was a lot harder to do. Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed. Now you can tie one on at any establishment open on Good Friday. Of course, what exactly is open on Good Friday, we hear the question posed by the thirsty individual. Well, Winston’s (278 Lacewood Drive, 443-7024) will be open, planning a “Good Friday Giv’er” and hosting a band, The Good Bunnies. The Carleton (1685 Argyle Street, 422-6335) will be open on Friday but closed Monday. And The Seahorse (1665 Argyle Street, 423-7200) is doing a “Sabbath on Sabbath” Day, with a Black Sabbath tribute show on Easter Sunday, featuring the Broken Ohms. However, the Fife & Drum (1919 Upper Water Street, 421-1700) will be closed Friday through Sunday. Most retail businesses will be closed Good Friday, and Easter Sunday is also designated retail closing day and as such, many retail stores won't be open. Cinemas, video stores, drug stores and variety stores can be open. Government offices stay closed Friday through Monday, including public libraries.
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Friday, March 26, 2010

Whither Tomavinos?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 26, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Though the fate of the south end location of pizza restaurant Tomavinos (5173 South Street) remains up in the air due to the fire that shut it down in January (along with Thai Chin and Taj Mahal, though we’ve learned Café Chianti is moving into 1241 Barrington Street), a Bedford area reader let us know that the more northern location of Tomavinos (1475 Bedford Highway) has also closed, with neighbours reporting all is quiet with the formerly popular eatery.
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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Garrison Brewing wins at World Beer Championships

IPA, Irish Red Ale, Winter Warmer and Hopyard Pale Ale take medals

Posted By on Thu, Mar 25, 2010 at 4:00 PM

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Garrison Brewing (1149 Marginal Road, 453-5343) landed four medals at the World Beer Championship in Chicago last week. Both Garrison's IPA and Irish Red Ale were scored in the gold category (a 90+ score by the judges), while the Winter Warmer and Hopyard Pale Ale landed in the silver category (80-90 scores). Congratulations to president Brian Titus and brewmaster Daniel Girard; we'll all hoist a few in celebration.
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Susie’s Shortbreads goes mobile

Posted By on Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Halifax is going to be seeing a pink cupcake truck on its streets this summer, a heaven-sent cupcake delivery system where you will be able to purchase Susie’s Shortbreads (1589 Dresden Row, 221-7075) fresh baked treats at varying locations around HRM. The locations are still to be announced, but Susie’s is hoping to have the truck on the road in May. The Susie's Mobile will be available to rent for private functions, corporate events, weddings, what-have-you, and when the truck is out there, you’ll be able to track its movements each day on Susie’s website (susiesshortbreads.com) or by following on Twitter @susieshalifax.
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Anatolia Closes

Posted By on Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Their phone has been giving us the busy signal for days. Not good. Yes, we're sad to report the tasty Turkish cuisine at Anatolia’s is now history. The silver lining in this cloud are the signs in the window that proclaim “Mõda Urban Dining, Opening Soon.”
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Carlitos closes

Posted By on Tue, Mar 23, 2010 at 4:00 AM

They’re calling it “The Last Shot of Espresso,” when Carlitos Café (6220 Quinpool Road) shuts down at the end of the day, Saturday, March 27. The most recent casualty in a rash of business closings, the popular Quinpool coffee shop saw five years of business on the well-travelled thoroughfare. However, all may not be lost: Owner Carlos Wong is in talks with his landlord who may be interested in purchasing the business outright and running it himself. Watch this space for the gathering foam of information as it runneth over our media cup.

Updated Wednesday, March 24, 12:10pm

We heard from Carlos Wong, who gave us a little more information on the circumstances of the closing of Carlitos. "Our lease is over at the end of this month," he explains, saying that the new lease had a rent increase too high for him to continue in business at this location. "A little bit drastic," is how he puts it. As for the possibility of the landlord buying the business, Wong is hopeful, but still waiting to hear.
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Friday, March 19, 2010

Trinity closes

Posted By on Fri, Mar 19, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Trinity Restaurant at the corner of Clyde and South Park has closed “due to the economy” according to the outgoing phone message, a message that also thanks customers for their patronage over the five years the eatery was in business.
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Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Koreans are coming

Posted By on Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Another culinary trend Shoptalk is happy to note: Korean food is becoming more readily available in Halifax. Opening Friday, March 19 in the space once home to La Hoyo and Casa Carlos is the new Seoul Restaurant (5170 Duke Street, 404-3414) offering Korean and Japanese cuisine, including bulgogi, gamjatang and kimchi jigae. And the signs outside 6249 Quinpool, formerly the home of Aleppo Restaurant, are heralding another Korean and Asian food eatery, opening soon. Watch this space for more news on food as we taste it.
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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Brooklyn Warehousing

Posted By on Tue, Mar 16, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Regularly appearing on the Coast’s Best of Food poll in multiple categories isn’t enough for this establishment, The Brooklyn Warehouse (2795 Windsor Street, 446-8181) keeps offering sweet deals to earn the customer love. For starters, as a bit of a friendly tip-of-the-hat to the local food scene, if you are employed in the food service industry, you’ll receive 25 percent off your “edible purchases” on Monday nights. On Tuesdays it’s Prixx Fixx, from 5pm-10pm you can order a choice of salad, appetizer, and main plate for $27.95. And on Wednesdays the BYOB policy, which runs all week, is offered with only a $1 corkage fee. (The rest of the week it’s $10, but if you bring in a Nova Scotian wine, it’s $1 anytime.)
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Monday, March 15, 2010

New Asia in Clayton Park

Posted By on Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 4:00 AM

We missed it last week when we paid a visit to the communities west of the peninsula: A new location of the Asian food franchise Wok Box has opened at 278 Lacewood Drive, offering a blend of Chinese, Mongolian, Thai and Singaporean dishes to tantalize your tastebuds. You’ll also find another location of the chain in, where else, Dartmouth Crossing.
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Central Grill closes

Posted By on Tue, Mar 2, 2010 at 4:00 AM

“Burn-out,” says Evangelos Panopalis, giving a reason for the closure of The Central Grill (6303 Quinpool Road), a steakhouse the restaurateur started last summer when he moved his other business, Greek eatery Athens (6273 Quinpool Road) into the former Quincy’s space up the block. “I was working 15 hours a day,” says Panopalis. “It wasn’t fun. I spent the last year walking back and forth between the restaurants. So I made a very personal decision” to close the grill. If that sounds heavy, Panopolis is quick to point out he’s feeling pretty good about the whole thing. “It was very positive for me. I’m the Athens guy. I enjoy the lifestyle of running a restaurant.” The key phrase being “a restaurant,” not “two restaurants.”
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