Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Fire closes CHKN Chop—for now

The blaze was out in 30 minutes, but the damage is significant

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2019 at 2:48 PM


CHKN Chop (6041 North Street), the north end charcoal rotisserie chicken restaurant, will be closed for an undetermined amount of time after a fire broke out on Sunday.

The restaurant’s co-owner Jenna Mooers says the fire was deemed accidental and likely started in a laundry dryer in the backend of the building. While fire damage was largely contained to the storage area and staff room, there is still significant smoke damage throughout the entire space.

“It’s going to take quite a bit of painting, cleaning, and refinishing,” said Mooers. “I would say we’re going to be closed for some time, with hopes of reopening in the spring at some point.”

Mooers received a call around 6pm on Sunday that smoke had been reported billowing out from the restaurant. The alarm system alerted the fire department and the fire was contained and extinguished within approximately 30 minutes.

“We’re so fortunate that the fire was contained to our unit and didn’t spread to our neighbours,” Mooers says of the blaze.

CHKN Chop shares a strip mall with Jessy’s Pizza and Unfiltered Brewing.  Mooers expressed her gratitude to the Halifax Fire Department and Halifax Regional Police, as well as the support of her neighbours—like Java Blend, who brought coffee while they waited outside in the cold on Sunday.

Mooers says that, while “the loss has been pretty devastating as a business owner,” she is focusing on the good fortune that the restaurant was closed at the time and no one was on site.

“It has been an emotional loss for me,” said Mooers. “But we’re focusing on the fact that no one was hurt—that’s the most important thing. Beyond that, all of this is just stuff and money.”
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

DRINK THIS: Windmill Craft Cocktails' Winter Blues

Propeller collaborates with bartender Shane Beehan on a new cocktail in a can.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 13, 2019 at 6:29 PM

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is fighting the winter blahs with Winter Blues, the first in a new line of canned cocktails. The veteran brewer teamed up with lauded local bartender Shane Beehan for the debut in its Windmill Craft Cocktails series, which officially launched last Friday. Beehan, who currently mixes drinks at Lot Six, has been a fan of Propeller’s beer for years, so he was thrilled to help his favourite brewery come up with something new.

For Winter Blues, Beehan was largely inspired by “tiki bar culture,” which dates back to the ’30s and ’40s.

“The idea was that it brought the tropics to you—it offered you this exotic experience wherever you are,” says Beehan. “That was kind of what our driving force was.”

The result is a rum-based beverage featuring falernum: a Caribbean syrup with flavours of toasted almonds, warming spices, lime and ginger. “For me personally, in the bar world, it’s one of the most unique flavours you’ll ever come across,” says Beehan. The bright blue-green colour is a pretty unique look, too.

Winter Blues is a limited-edition cocktail only available at the Propeller storefronts and private liquor stores. Propeller plans to turn out more Windmill Craft Cocktails, including both limited-edition and year-round offerings. Perfect Storm—a Propeller-made rum and ginger beer cocktail, released in late summer 2018—will be rebranded to fit into the line, with additional new releases to follow.

“The important thing as a bartender is you really care about your craft and you really care about getting your drinks in people’s hands,” says Beehan. “The ability to create a canned cocktail means that I’m able to offer a drink to anybody, anytime.”
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Garrison Brewing announces The Oxford Taproom

Quinpool Road's most beloved building gets a taste of local craft beer

Posted By on Tue, Feb 12, 2019 at 3:35 PM

The Oxford circa 1957, courtesy of the Nova Scotia Archives
  • The Oxford circa 1957, courtesy of the Nova Scotia Archives
Over a year after the closure of the iconic Oxford Theatre on Quinpool Road, Garrison Brewing Company has announced the landmark is coming back to life. This spring, the longtime brewer will debut a brand-new retail shop and neighbourhood local, The Oxford Taproom in the former Elegant Touch Beauty Salon (6418 Quinpool Road).

"I’m a sucker for old buildings, hence the spot we have down here at Halifax Seaport," says Garrison's founder Brian Titus. "I drive by [The Oxford] twice a day at least. I stopped in to talk to the Nahas brothers because I knew it had been over a year since they’d taken over the Oxford without a plan, other than not wanting to knock it down. I kept going down Quinpool a couple times a day thinking, 'Why can’t a guy get a growler here?'"

The rest is soon to be history. Titus says work is underway on the new space, which will pay tribute to the building's 82-year history as a cinema. The Passport Photo space next door to the theatre (6414 Quinpool Road) will house a beer, merch and pop shop, while the Elegant Touch footprint will house a nano-brewery for experimentation, a small kitchen space and 16 taps pouring up beer and cider. While there'll be some snacks available at the taproom, the Garrison team aims to host pop-up food events and will encourage patrons to order-in from surrounding Quinpool restaurants.

"It's the idea of a local. A social spot for people to walk two, three or four blocks to sit and have a pint and carry on," says Titus. The new Oxford will also boast an outdoor terrace space—dog-friendly with full sun exposure, tucked away from the busy street. "It’ll live and operate like the Seaport location," he adds.

Garrison will take over about 30 percent of the Oxford footprint, meaning there's theatre space still up for grabs. Titus teases that there could be news of another tenant coming very soon.

"Ultimately, if there hadn’t have been a good fit the people that own it are developers. The easiest thing in the world would be to knock it down and it was literally the last thing they wanted to do," says Titus, who says it's been difficult trying to keep lips sealed about this project. "It’s been hard to sleep at night because it’s such a cool thing and it’s come together really quickly."
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