Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wooden Monkey embraces Dartmouth

New waterfront location will replicate the Grafton Street feel, but there might be a few surprises in store as well.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 2:20 PM

The Wooden Monkey's Grafton Street home.
  • The Wooden Monkey's Grafton Street home.
This morning, the folks at The Wooden Monkey (1707 Grafton Street, 444-3844) announced via Twitter the big news that they have purchased MacAskills (Alderney Landing), and will convert it to a second Monkey.

I just got off the phone with a very excited Lil MacPherson, who co-owns the Monkey with Christine Bower, who MacPherson describes as "the business person." A couple of years ago we reported that the pair were looking to open a restaurant in Bedford, but that deal fell through after several months of negotiations, says MacPherson today. Still, Bower kept her eyes open, and when she heard MacAskills was up for sale, jumped at the opportunity.

MacPherson and Bower are joined by Matthew Gass, currently the general manager at Grafton Street, as a investing partner in the Dartmouth location.

"I'm from Dartmouth, lived there for 18 years, so I'm excited about coming back," says MacPherson.

MacAskills will remain open until the end of the month, and then the Monkey crew will take over the space, and quickly renovate the space for an expected December 1 opening, in order to take advantage of the holiday business.

When the original Monkey moved from Argyle Street to Grafton Street, employees, friends and regulars made the event a party, walking the furnishings, kitchen equipment and so forth the block up the hill. While the new restaurant won't replace the old, the plan is to have a similar moving party, this one via the ferry.

What can we expect at the new restaurant?

"We're going to Monkey-fy it!" answers MacPherson. "We're going to recreate the rustic, organic feel. You don't have to have all the chairs matching, or the cups, we'll be re-using whatever we can, including what's at MacAskills, and bringing in artists."

MacPherson is especially excited about the outdoor patio. "They view is spectacular!" she says. She thinks the deck can be expanded somewhat, and better use put to it. "We'll have fireworks parties, Canada Day."

Expect also to see more in the way of music and nightlife than is offered on Grafton Street.

As for the menu, it will look much like the existing menu, but perhaps with some signature items unique to the Dartmouth locale, and MacPherson has been trying to expand the raw food offerings, so expect some of that as well.

The Monkey is committed to using local and organic food, and news of the second location is elating suppliers, says MacPherson. "We can buy right there, from the farmers [at the Alderney Landing farmers market]," she says, "and our suppliers are looking to amp up production."

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Sully’s Roast Beef and Smoked Meats opens

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Sully’s Roast Beef and Smoked Meats has opened at 3548 Novalea (493-5141) in the little strip mall around the corner from the Lawton’s at the intersection of “don’t put a traffic circle here!” and Duffus Street. Word is, the meat is tops.
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Hali Deli takes over Cousins space

Victor Fineberg opens a new resto

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 9:05 AM

The former Cousins space.
  • The former Cousins space.
Lat week we discussed the exciting restaurant scene that’s unfolding along Agricola Street near North Street. Now comes word of another new offering just a couple of blocks south at 2389 Agricola Street, between Harris and West Streets, where Victor Fineberg, is opening the Hali Deli Old World Delicatessen “in about three weeks.”. The deli will be in the space occupied by Cousins, which we’ve always eyed as the perfect spot for a north end dive bar, but we’re not complaining: a deli two blocks from The Coast office? Bring it on. Readers will remember Fineberg from Victor’s Bar and Grill on Spring Garden Road, which closed last year.

Fineberg says he and his wife, Sybil Fineberg will be operating the deli, which he describes as “not a sandwich shop that sells smoked meat, but a New York- or Montreal-style delicatessen, with sit down service.” He’ll be smoking meat on site, and is looking for a good source of rye bread: “with smoked wheat sandwiches, the bread is as important as the meat,” he says.

“We expect breakfast to be big,” adds Fineberg. “And it won’t be expensive. Our most expensive dinner plate will be about $13.” Hours will be 8am-7 or 7:30pm, Tuesday, through Sunday.

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Wooden Monkey to open second location in Dartmouth

Taking over MacAskill's space

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2012 at 8:42 AM

The Wooden Monkey just tweeted:
The Wooden Monkey ‏@TheWoodenMonkey Here's the news...the Monkey will be opening a 2nd location in Dartmouth, we are taking over the MacAskills location, we are beyond excited!
I'll talk to owner Lil MacPherson just as soon as I can, and update this post with details.
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Lower Deck moves into Clayton Park

Waterfront favourite takes over former Winston's location.

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 4:00 AM

The folks at The Lower Deck have bought the former Winston’s Pub in the Clayton Park shopping centre (278 Lacewood Drive). Not ones to mess around with a successful formula, the name of the new place will be “The Lower Deck Bar & Grill.”

The Deck’s Mike Condy tells us that the bar remains open during renovations, and the new place will look a lot like the old—”everything except the six-foot ceilings,” he says, “lots of beams and stonework. Later this month, the bar will close for a week or two while the finishing touches are completed, and then reopen in November, with a proper grand opening in December.

Expect all the best of the waterfront Lower Deck’s atmosphere, food and music, with Friday and Saturday evening (9:30-12:30) entertainment supplied by the rotating stock of musicians—Signal Hill, McGinty and the like—as well as a Friday afternoon (5:30-8:30pm) matinee show featuring The Dwight D`eon Band and Adam Driscoll. After a while, the matinee might be repeated on Saturdays.

“We’ve been embraced by the neighbourhood,” says Condy. “They’re looking for a nice neighbourhood pub, with good food and music.”

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Friday, October 5, 2012

The Food Wolf opens tonight!

Opening time is 7pm

Posted on Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 4:47 PM

The @TheFoodWolf folks have tweeted:
Frantically prepping! Our local meat was delivered much later than expected so serving will begin at 7pm to late.
As we reported last week, The Food Wolf will have three locations. Find them tonight behind the Bus Stop Theatre.
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fid Resto and The Bicycle Thief make MacLean's delicious list

Good work, gang

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2012 at 2:52 PM

Plating at Fid Resto
  • Plating at Fid Resto

Some hapless, overworked soul (Jacob Richler) had to roam around Canada gorging himself on delicious food for MacLean's 50 best restaurants in Canada list, isn't that terrible? Richler's picks for Nova Scotia were Fid Resto, The Bicycle Thief and Rum Runner Restaurant in Lunenburg. Congrats all, it's pretty great company to keep. Although as usual, the commenters hate absolutely everything.

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