Friday, December 22, 2017

Buta Ramen is here to warm you up

Restaurateur Francis Yoon left Toronto for the Maritimes and hasn't looked back. Luckily, he brought ramen with him.

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A new place to sip hot broth and slurp on noodles is open just in time for Haligonians to escape the frigid winter winds. Buta Ramen has set up shop at the former home of Hamachi House (5190 Morris Street) under the ownership of Francis Yoon.

“So far, we are getting very good feedback,” says Yoon, who has owned several restaurants in Toronto. After travelling to other parts of the country, he realized he wanted to live on the east coast.

“I still wanted to do the same thing—I want to to the same thing for the rest of my life,” he explains.

Yoon left for Moncton three years ago and opened an eatery there. While living in New Brunswick, he made frequent visits to Halifax, liked the city and “tried lots of good restaurants” here. While he noticed plenty of places to get sushi or Korean food, he felt the city could benefit from a ramen joint. Yoon has included ramen on his menus before, but this is the first time he is focusing on the dish specifically.

For now, Buta has a selection of tonkotsu, tantanmen and nagasaki champon ramen: all pork-based. Appetizers include spicy edamame, shrimp and octopus. “Once my chef gets trained and used to these menus, what I’m planning is to introduce more—I have so many different ideas and options,” says Yoon. Namely, he plans to expand the offerings to include vegetarian ramen.

So far, Yoon has no qualms about leaving big city life behind.

“Here, I just want to be more happy. Concentrated on what I’m doing instead of worrying about paying rent,” he says. “Here I can be more relaxed—and if I’m relaxed, then my staff’s all relaxed and happy. I think customers come in and enjoy and have a good time.”

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Monday, December 18, 2017

The Carleton Music Bar & Grill closes this week for renovations

The new year will mean a new look, extended hours for the Argyle Street bar.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 18, 2017 at 3:28 PM

The Stanfields at The Carleton Bar & Grill - LENNY MULLINS
  • The Stanfields at The Carleton Bar & Grill
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The Carleton Music Bar & Grill
(1685 Argyle Street) is temporarily closing its doors for renovations. 

According to a press release, the Carleton will shut down on December 22. It will briefly re-open for its In The Dead of Winter Festival shows from January 18-20, but the official re-opening won’t take place until February 8.

These renovations come several months after Karen Spaulding, president of Metaworks Inc., acquired ownership of the bar. “It has been a whirlwind and a joy to move from long-time patron to owner of the Carleton,” she says in the release. She goes on to describe the renos as a “substantial facelift” which will give the venue a more modern feel while still staying true to its 250-year history.

The re-opening will also mean extended hours for the Carleton in order to accommodate weekday lunches and weekend brunch, along with a year-round patio where you can enjoy it all. 

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