Thursday, September 29, 2011

E-PIN brings new tastes more often

All day menu all week

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 4:29 PM

E-PIN Korean Grill House (1533 Barrington Street, 431-3839) open since last year specializes in Korean-style table grill with Asian-fusion twists. We've learned the resto is now open seven days a week, and is offering Asian fusion sushi and both the all-you-can-eat menu and combo-menu all day.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Java Blend Coffee Roasters Cafe open Sundays

North end quality java easy like Sunday morning

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Imagine how much improved your autumn will be. Beginning this week Java Blend Coffee Roasters Cafe (6027 North Street, 423-6944) will be open on Sundays from 9am-3pm. Step up for your Sunday morning mug!
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Monday, September 26, 2011

MODA offers a new business lunch

Delicious gourmet eats all for $15

Posted By on Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 11:37 AM

You may recall The Feed reporting that MODA Urban Dining (1518 Dresden Row, 405-3480) offers gourmet take-out lunches to people working off Spring Garden and looking for something particularly tasty. Well, now they have The Business Lunch, items that include tenderloin pasta, club sandwich and fries, risotto spheres and side salad, grilled veggies and shrimp, all served with a cup of soup du jour and a chocolate chip cookie. All that can be yours now for $15.
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Friday, September 23, 2011

Louly's Restaurant closes

Adds yet another desirable, and available, retail site on Quinpool Road

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Louly's Restaurant (6403 Quinpool Road,, at the corner of Oxford) has closed, its windows papered over with no explanatory note. Last year, Louly's had moved into the space once occupied by the long-standing and much enjoyed Spartan Restaurant, which shut when its owners retired.

This is a desirable retail space. Especially with the newly renovated Oxford Theatre across the street, I hope someone snatches up the space quickly and puts in a cheap diner-type operation.

There are a couple of other good retail sites available on Quinpool. The former Aquatic Creations (6290 Quinpool Road) space is an old brick building next to the Korean Christian church; it cries out for someone to open a neighbourhood pub there. Yes, there are still zoning issues for pubs in the area, but I think a potential pub owner could get a variance without overly intrusive limitations.

Then there's the former Maritime Campus Store site at 6238 Quinpool Road, which has a for lease sign on it. It's not overly large, so probably a good site for a new business. I also noticed today that a work crew is finally gutting the Blockbuster at 6024 Quinpool; that site is terribly large, so I'm not sure what could work there.

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Monday, September 19, 2011

MIX: Fresh Kitchen closes, new bar mooted

Downtown hotspot didn't last, but may be reinvented. Again.

Posted By on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Despite, or maybe because of, its many reinventions, MIX: Fresh Kitchen (5171 Salter Street, 429-9571) has closed. Manager and co-owner Chris Richards did not return any messages requesting comment, and star chef Ray Bear recently Tweeted that he was selling his share in the business and leaving town. With Bear gone it's hard to imagine his fine-dining resto East, scheduled to open on Blowers, will do so.

Though unconfirmed at this time, The Feed has heard that a deal is in motion to turn MIX into a lounge a la Tribeca or Mosaic, featuring an appie menu and DJs and dancing. More on that when we have more details.
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The Muster Station Tap & Grill opens in Dartmouth

Steak, burgers, salads, desserts, brunch, it's all here

Posted By on Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 4:00 AM

A new option for a tasty brunch, lunch or dinner has opened in Dartmouth: The Muster Station Tap & Grill (590 Portland Street, 405-8545) offers a classic grill style items, appetizers, gourmet stacks, fire-grilled steaks and chops, seafood, pastas and stir-fry, along with salads, soups, sandwiches and desserts. You can also stop in for a weekend brunch and all menu items are prepared from scratch, using fresh and local ingredients. And the drinks menu features up to 30 different beers, hand-shaken martinis and cocktails, as well as a broad selection of wine. Hours are Mon-Thurs 11am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12am.
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Friday, September 16, 2011

Colby Ale House now a wine bar

Dartmouth institution goes in a new direction.

Posted By on Fri, Sep 16, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Don't call her Colby's Ale House any longer. She went out and got herself a new dress, and it's taken years off her: Colby Wine Bar & Bistro (920 Cole Harbour Road) now boasts an all-new look, new furniture and a new menu, with daily specials concocted by Chef Michael. As they say, it's down-home cuisine with an uptown flare. For more information, and to check out the changes or consider the live music options, visit
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Friday, September 9, 2011

Elephant & Castle closes its doors

Downtown pub chain doesn't come up with the rent

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2011 at 9:04 PM

The Feed has learned that due to a rent-owing situation with its landlord, the Elephant & Castle (5171 George Street) has closed its doors. Though word is the principles are negotiating (read: lawyers) the pub is closed until the situation is resolved.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Perks closes

Local cafe chain shuts down

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 4:00 AM

The Quinpool and Vernon location of Perks (6100 Quinpool Road, 429-1856) has two big "closed" signs on its doors. Calls to the company have not been returned, and at the other locations mentioned on the company's website---Mic Mac Mall and the Halifax Shopping Centre---the lines are disconnected.

Perks has been in business since 1989 and once boasted six Halifax locations. They recently shut their waterfront spot on Lower Water Street, now taken over by a Timmy's.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Hami's celebrates a year in Dartmouth

Sandwich and coffee spot sees 12 months

Posted By on Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Tuesday, September 13 sees the first anniversary of Hami's Cafe & Catering (79 Alderney Drive, 406-1777), a business that's been offering great morning and lunchtime eats for the past 12 months. According to proprietor Dan Hamilton, if you stop by on the day "there will be prizes given out like our travel mugs, pizza slices and Putumayo CDs."
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Friday, September 2, 2011

Rugova's Pizza offers 15 percent student discount

South end pizzaria loves the academics

Posted By on Fri, Sep 2, 2011 at 3:08 PM

Rugova's Pizza (1148 Barrington Street, 405-8888) has been open since the beginning of 2011, offering what they call "the freshest pizza and poutine in town," as well as tasty delight in wraps, fish and chips and sub sandwiches. Everything's made in-house from family recipes, explains manager Shqiprim Dembogaj. Students get a 15 percent discount on regularly priced items. The hours are Mon-Wed 11am-11pm, Thurs 11am-1pm, Fri-Sat 11am-3am, Sun 11am-9pm.
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Thursday, September 1, 2011

A little more about Doraku and Suzuki

Some clarity on the name change

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 2:27 PM

It has come to The Feed's attention that further elucidation of our Doraku becomes Suzuki story of last week is required.

Shuji Manabe and his wife Misao are the owners of Ko-Doraku (Spring Garden Place, 5640 Spring Garden Road, 423-8787) and were the former owners of Doraku Japanese Cuisine, the Japanese restaurant now known as Suzuki Restaurant (1579 Dresden Row, 425-8888).

As Yoshi Suzuki has further explained, the Manabes were loaning to his family the name Doraku since the Suzukis purchased the business four years ago, and it was the Manabes who suggested a name-change might be a good idea so to limit confusion between the restaurants.

If there was any misunderstanding due to our original story's lack of detail, The Coast apologizes for it.
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