Named for the pairs of oxen that would traditionally help clear land and plough soil to make farming in this province easier, the hybrid Lion & Bright Cafe Wine Bar (2534 Agricola Street) will exude a Local Source-inspired spirit, keeping eats and drinks influenced by the season and “telling the story of where the the food came from,” he says. By day, Bright will crank out North Mountain Coffee and offer affordable lunches and a cool place to hang, but at night the Lion comes out, serving Nova Scotia craft beer on tap, local eats served via bar service (from deconstructed canapes, to roasted free range chicken, to cheesecakes) cocktails and a thoughtfully selected chalkboard wine menu.
"My background before coming to Nova Scotia I was in wine," says Gallagher. "I've done food for eight years, now I can come back full circle."
He says Lion & Bright, while locally-influenced to the core also takes inspiration from European cafe culture as well as his favourite spots in Montreal. “We got out of the way of the room and let it pop,” he says teasing with mentions of exposed brick, high ceilings, a 44-foot park bench and “remarkable” bathrooms. You can get a taste of both Lion and Bright in early 2014, follow its Facebook page for opening dates and updates.