Thursday, July 28, 2016

Kitsune Food Co. debuts next week

Ami Goto brings snacks, sushi and sake to the north end

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 10:32 AM

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In an itty bitty spot on Agricola Street—nestled beneath the wings of Mother's Pizza, with just a handful of seats to spare—Ami Goto is just about ready to debut her newest venture. The chef and the former owner of Dharma Sushi will open Kitsune Food Co. (5710 Young Street, the side entrance at Mother's) a take-out lunch spot and evening snack bar, next Wednesday, August 4, serving a menu to match the space.

"It's definitely inspired by the izakaya pop ups. I just really wanted to focus," says Goto of the concept that drew inspiration from her years of working at Dharma, her series of special Full Moon meals at Mother's Pizza and a recent trip she and her partner (Eric MacIntyre, who's also her Kitsune co-owner) took to Japan. "We’re so into small, tiny spots with small, tiny menus. I just wanted to make every simple, homemade and handmade."

The tight menu will feature dishes like sushi, karaage crispy chicken, Japanese curry, gyoza, miso and seaweed salad, but will change frequently. Lunch will deliver grab-and-go options for hungry folks on the go, while the evening offerings will be more shareable snack style, paired with beer and sake selections.

"I love working in restaurants, but most times I can't see the whole thing," says Goto of the appeal of opening a small, intimate space. "This time it’s just me and my partner in the beginning. I like to know 120 percent of whats going on. I love to have the moment— it's almost like a meditation—doing what you really love."

Kitsune will keep the same hours at Mother's, but will be closed Sundays.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Mezza to close its Quinpool location

More shawarma is coming, though

Posted By on Mon, Jul 25, 2016 at 3:02 PM


The ever-growing Mezza Lebanese Kitchen restaurant chain announced this morning that after 10 years in business, its fine dining, eat-in location on Quinpool Road will close its doors on August 1. Get your Mediterranean fixes while you can!

The closure of Mezza (6386 Quinpool Road) marks an even tighter focus on the brand's mega popular "fast-casual" locations—which now serve shawarma and more from Barrington Street, Burnside, Sackville, Clayton Park and even Dubai. The Nahas family promises there'll be more of those locations to come in Tantallon, Cole Harbour and Herring Cove, plus a Calgary post of Johnny K's Authentic Donair—Mezza's pizza corner, sister restaurant— is on its way, too.

Global shawarma-ing is real.

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