From seafood to shopping: Summer brings new retail, restaurant openings


Troubled Hamachi may be on haitus, but there are plenty of new restaurants and retailers taking their place in metro Halifax.

Downtown Halifax


In downtown Halifax this week East of Grafton Tavern opened with an event Wednesday.

It’s restaurateur Robert Risley’s replacement for ONYX, at 1580 Argyle Street.

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The restaurant’s chef is Luis Clavel, who also runs the kitchen at RCR’s other recent opening, the 60-seat Shuck Seafood and Raw Bar on nearby Salter Street.

A management spokesperson told the Chronicle Herald the 70 seat tavern offered “traditional comfort food with some surprises.” It would add brunch and lunch from July 5, she said.

Other downtown restaurant moves include East Side Mario’s new venue at 5287 Prince Street (with a roof patio, above The Keg) and the Barrington Street Steakhouse, also on Prince.

Down on Hollis Street near Duke, Verano has opened to sell soups, desserts, corn tortillas and tastes with a slight Latin twist to the lunchtime crowd.

On the retail side, artisan soap maker Soap In Your Mouth has traded its Alderney Gate farmer’s market stall for a full-time store, above Subway, at 5239 Blowers Street.

It is taking over what was until recently the home of Blue Apples Arts and Wellness. The latter has moved across the street to the Paperchase Cafe and Newsstand building.

The shop’s downstairs comprises a wellness centre and a retail operation selling local produce as well as bulk herbs, spices, teas, natural products, artwork, gemstones and more. Upstairs, meanwhile, offers eats from vegan chef Jeff Rockwell.

Over on Barrington Street, By Hand Boutique — offering handmade and Fair Trade bric a brac — has opened in Granville Mall. Other recent Barrington activity includes Mama Gratti’s reopening in Scotia Square and Tasty Budds medical marijuana dispensary gearing up to kick off in the former Loop premises, between between Salter and Blowers.

On and around Spring Garden Road, the Manual Food and Drink Company is scheduled to open a dairy bar at the corner of South Park Street, while the Black Sheep Restaurant has opened a patio deck off of Queen Street.

Down on the water and south shore berry producer Haskapa is set to open a boutique in Bishops Landing, while New Scotland Clothing continues to grow, adding a seasonal shop in Historic Properties to its Dartmouth and airport locations.

And on Brunswick Street, 2 Crows Brewing has announced it will turn the key this fall on its new brewery in the base of the Hampton Inn.

North End Halifax

The big news is Erica Cormier’s Saturday opening of clothing and accessory boutique store, 11 Street. Located on the corner of Hennessey and Isleville Streets in the city’s historical Hydrostone, the store will sell women’s and men’s clothing and accessories from brands like Beck and Boosh, Cake for Breakfast, MACCS, and Muttonhead Apparel, online research indicates.

At 2398 Robie Street, look out for El Chino, a Mexican-Chinese snack bar opening soon, and also So Hands-On Halifax Community Workshop, at 6070 Almon Street.

Keep an eye on where Almon meets Agricola Street, meanwhile, and you’ll soon see Project 9 Furniture appear, following a relocation from Birmingham Street.

And Gottingen Street has welcomed 244, a restaurant with a focus on local and simple food such as fried chicken, tacos and fish and chips albeit with a handcrafted twist.

West End Halifax

Dilly Dally Eats cafe has opened on the corner of Quinpool Road and Vernon Street, where the Second Cup used to be.

Finer Things Antiques, currently in the north end, will move to Quinpool Road this fall.

At the Halifax Shopping Centre you’ll notice the Newfoundland Chocolate Company has opened, along with global cosmetics giant Kiehl’s. Montreal-based pizza chain Pannizza is slated to open September.

Bedford and Beyond

One-stop Wedding Venue and Cafe has opened its doors at 592 Bedford Highway, across from Fisherman’s Market.

Its marketing encourages customers to “sit back and relax while enjoying specialty teas or coffees as well as sweets and sandwiches on one level and the wedding department on another.”

Backoos, which runs a Korean takeout on Birmingham Street, has opened also on the highway, at the bottom of Flamingo Drive.

Just up the road, long-time highway stalwart House of Mei Mei has closed.

However, the premises will reopen soon as the second location of Sackville’s Tasty Source Chinese.

On Larry Uteck Drive, and children’s consignment store Sweet Beans Boutique has set up next to the Shoppers Drug Mart.

Back on the highway and the former Starbucks in the plaza on the corner of Hammonds Plains Road is now a Jumping Bean Coffee. The move marks the chain’s first foray out of Newfoundland.

In Clayton Park, Totally Raw and Treatery has opened on Lacewood Drive, in the same plaza as Home Depot and Smitty’s.

Over to Bayers Lake and Habitat for Humanity will open a second ReStore in July, at 127 Chain Lake Drive.

The newly renovated Jack Astor’s has reopened, adding long board nachos and tacos and 27 beer taps.

Finally, bakery Patty Cakes is looking to repeat its success in Miramichi, New Brunswick by opening at 131 Sackville Drive soon.


Portland Street is hopping.

For starters, arty and crafty Clay Cafe has built on the success of its store at the corner of Quinpool Road and Oxford Street to open a second location in the Portland Street Superstore mall.

Also on Portland is eatery Picnic at Dart, located in the Dart Gallery, and Trainyard General Store, a “hybrid retail and creative space specializing in goods created in Nova Scotia” according to online research.

Finally, bar Best Kept Secret has moved into number 21.

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In Kings Wharf’s Killick premises, upscale convenience grocer Le Marche Fruit Boutique is set to open this month, as will Stone Pizza at 79 Alderney Drive. And Main Street, across from Dairy Queen, marks the spot of Jungle Pets’ imminent return to Dartmouth.

Dartmouth Crossing, meanwhile, will soon welcome both Guess and a Gap outlet.

Source: The Chronicle  Herald


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