The Argyle entertainment district is getting a new gastropub. Hoping to open its doors in early July, the Stubborn Goat Gastropub will be run by food-veterans Joe McGuinness (Durty Nelly’s), Geir Simensen (Saege Bistro), Kyle Drake (Durty Nelly’s) and Ryan Dubois.
“We feel we’re going to bring something a little different to Halifax,” says Simensen of the all-star team. Being the self-proclaimed "food guy", Simensen hopes to change the Goat’s menu seasonally, based on available local ingredients. “I find as consumers now a day, we’re getting smarter about food, I think we’re leaving behind the fast food generation,” he says.
Equipped with a Woodstone oven, customers can expect to see comfort-food items like thin-crust pizza and fresh naan bread with Dragon’s Breath cheese—and to top it all off, a nice Nova Scotian wine or beer. “It's about time that we started celebrating our Nova Scotia Wines,“ says Simensen. “To me that’s just like giddy up, that’s just good times.”
Keeping in tune with Halifax’s relaxed attitude for culinary experiences, the Stubborn Goat will provide a relaxed atmosphere and simple food. “I’d rather have a lot of different plates with their own flavors than a bunch of flavors on the same plate,” says Simensen who also emphasizes a social perspective towards the menu’s design. As for interior, “We’re planning for awesomeness.” With a 30-foot wall made of 100 year old brick, Simensen says they hope to let the building’s rustic character speak for itself.
Oh, and did we mention it’s moving into 1579 Grafton Street, the now previous home to G lounge? While we weren't able to get a comment in regards to the sophisticated bar’s future, G lounge did take to Twitter last night to confirm its closure.
Born and brewed in Cape Breton, Big Spruce Brewing has been concocting its two varieties of craft beer since the beginning of March. After selling it’s first beer in house on April 1, the company has been spreading the love throughout Cape Breton ever since. Now, this brewery newbie is kicking things up a notch by expanding its horizons to the Halifax and Dartmouth areas.
The official launch will take place at the Dartmouth location of The Wooden Monkey (40 Alderney Drive) on Saturday, April 20 at 7pm. There will be live music provided by Cape Breton native, Kevin Mullins and his band and, of course, free 4 ounce samples of the two new brews.
You’ll have your choice between the two flagships Big Spruce Brewing has conjured up. One is a dry, hops pale ale called Kitchen Party Pale Ale (no surprise this one is brewed in Cape Breton). The other is an oatmeal stout aptly named Cereal Killer. Following the launch, you’ll be able to find these suds on tap at The Wooden Monkey, The Argyle and Chives Canadian Bistro. If you ever find yourself out in Cape Breton you can pop into the brewery and buy it by the growler. Bottoms up, beer-lovers.
Welcome to Extreme Makeover: Cafe Edition, in which inspiring entrepreneur Michelle Strum’s cafe and hostel Alteregos (2193 Gottingen Street, 431-3170) gets a serious facelift. Thanks to some hard work (by an entirely north end crew) the already homey-feeling hangout has become ever more inviting, with a bright and expanded space, a new chef and summer-ready patio. “As the street starts to develop there's the ability for us to really zone in on what we're good at and we're pretty excited about that,” says Strum, who opened Alter Egos in 2001. The neighbourhood hub welcomes not only a new look, but new menu, extended hours (it’ll open until 10pm starting in May) and evening events like spoken word performances and DJ nights. “What I love about this place its that it represents what's on its exterior on Gottingen. Often what you see n the streetscpae is what you see inside. We have a really diverse mix of people working here and using the space,” says Strum. “We're not interested in changing to a new market, we're interested in educating a new market on what Gottingen Street is. I think the essence of Alter Egos is the realness and the accessibility and the integrity of what we do in terms of the community.” Celebrate the first of many evenings at the cafe by cashing in on this deal: two Propeller draught and nachos for $15.
If what we've heard today is true, the Halifax club scene is about to change. Big time. This afternoon the wonderful world of the internet was buzzing with word that The Palace Nightclub (1721 Brunswick Street) was done for. Local promoter and maker of fun times, The New Halifax, was told that the club was closed as of today, with no firm plans of re-opening, renovations or a change of hands.
At this point, there's been no confirmation of a closure from The Palace. Cross your fingers, and stay tuned for updates.
Late Tuesday rumours were confirmed that the legendary nightclub and prime live music venue had, in fact, permanently closed. In a statement, Michel and Marcel Khoury said: "We are always keen to recognize demographic changes and industry trends and as a result have decided to renovate the current location into a new and unique concept. We are excited about the new venture and optimistic about Downtown Halifax's future." They expect the project to be completed by September. Until then raise your Jägerbombs and join me in remembering (and forgetting) over three decades of late nights, and early mornings, at the Palace.
Whoever said the best things in life are free was definitely onto something. Case in point, on April 15, Humani-T Cafe will be giving away free gelato at the launch of it’s first annual Humanity Day. All these lovely Humani-T-arian folk are asking in return for their delicious gelato is for a little generousity in the form of a donation to the IWK. Gelato in return for generousity—talk about a win-win. The fundraiser is set to occur annually with proceeds going to a different charity each year. Volunteers with donation boxes will be posted up at the event ready to collect your cash while you go to town on the free gelato. As far as flavors go, the world is your oyster. From classic fruity varieties to chocolaty concoctions, Humani-T has 18 flavors to choose from —six of which are dairy-free. And yes, this glorious event will be taking place at both Humani-T Café locations (5755 Young Street and 1451 South Park Street). It’s going down from 2 to 8pm, giving you a six-hour window of opportunity to get out there and get gluttonous, all in the name of charity.
These past few weeks have been pretty intense, haven't they? Broken bottles, mussel shells and a variety of dipping sauces have paved the way to this, judgement day. There've been some serious blowouts (our condolences to Faxe and vending machine chips who went down fast and hard) and some incredibly tight matches, most of which included our dearly beloved local brews. We're sad to report the Final Battle was a little lacklustre, especially after the Final Four Weekend which was the most intense three days of food and drink since Thanksgiving. But maybe that's because we all knew who'd come out on top. Regardless, here's how it went.
The third place snack saucepot, chicken wings, elbowed its way to the final after taking out peanuts, onion rings and—in two crazy nail-biters—poutine and nachos. On the beer side, tenth-seeded Bridge Farmhouse Ale eliminated Stella Artois, Garrison Nut Brown, Granite Best Bitter and, in the best showing of the entire tournament, Propeller IPA. That shit was crazy, what a match! Props to both teams for some serious sportsmanship. In the end it came down to the underdog of all underdogs vs an army of two dozen wings that somehow slipped through the competition. In no surprise at all (because, duh, beer rules all) Bridge pummeled the spicy little buggers and their wet naps, 63 to 36. High fives and butt pats to the new kid on the block! We love a Cinderella story. Cue the obligatory dog pile.
That settles it folks, beer trumps bar snacks. Liquid lunches for all! Thanks for humouring us in this strange experiment. Eleven months until our next random bracket...get training!
And now, folks, we're down to the last battle, winner takes all, we are the champions, Na Na Na Na Hey Hey Hey Goodbye.
On the beer side, we have the incredible Bridge Farmhouse Ale, coming off an exciting victory over the other local favourite, Propeller IPA. A whopping 1,867 people voted in that contest, and it was bottleneck and bottleneck right to the end, with Bridge prevailing 51 to 49 percent. Before moving on, let's give Propeller a rousing toast for a beer well drank. And another! And another...
OK, let's get to the bar grub. Our finalist is Chicken Wings, having just edged out Nachos in the semi-final. Wish we had something interesting to say about this, but, well, yea, Chicken Wings. There you are.
So, folks, what's it going to be? Are you all a bunch of lushes, drinking a few thousand more Bridge beers to end the season, or will you insist on that last bit of protein before sleeping off a mad month of bar drink and grub hilarity?
I can barely contain myself. The final four battle is here and it sounds like a recipe for a great Friday night: Propeller IPA versus Bridge Farmhouse Ale, chicken wings versus nachos. Read here for all the necessary background you'll need to complete your mission, and peruse our updated bracket below while pouring out something for the fallen boozes and bites.
First, let's talk yesterday. Nachos crushed the potato skin competition like so many discarded tortilla crumbs at the bottom of the bag. 76 percent to 23 percent! I have to admit, I thought it was going to be closer than that. But then again, one of the snacks had the word "skin" in the name so...
That crushing defeat brings us our final four. I'm all a-tingle with excitement! Will nachos defeat wings? Will wings raise their tiny fists to heaven in victory? You decide:
The beer category is a local barroom brawl, Propeller IPA versus Bridge Farmhouse Ale. Growlers clash, pints attack and you pick your favourite, old favourite and new favourite?
Polls close on Monday morning, so you have a whole weekend to deliberate, throw your rune stones, pray to the snack gods and bite your lip over your choices.
The legacy of jane’s on the common has made its way to Gottingen. Jenna Mooers—whose mother Jane Wright was behind the beloved north end eatery—is following suit, opening a similar, tapas-style restaurant next door to jane's next door at 2053 Gottingen Street. For Mooers, the new location is what’s most exciting. “Halifax traditionally has been pretty separated,” she says. “But the mix of commercial and residential is what makes a community.”
With the aim of opening in early May, Mooers' Edna will use locally-sourced ingredients to help nourish the “mind, body and soul.” Renovations have been underway since January, with Breakhouse in charge of interior-design, which will include a communal table and large bar. A menu is still in the works but a chef has already been chosen. “He’s been in the local scene for a while,” says Mooers, who has decided to keep her culinary artist a secret (for now).
Good morning Halifax, and welcome to the final round of the Elite Eight Battle. And what a battle it's been. Finally some tighter matches that have been both finger-licking, and nail-biting. This weekend brings the beginnings of the Final Four showdown and if your staring at this lovely fried-food graphic and wondering, "Is this real life?" you owe it to yourself to click here to read up on what you've missed over the last couple of weeks. Frankly, I'm way too pumped about today's face-off to educate you on the serious world of bracketing.
Yesterday brought another local beer vs local beer duel, with the underdog success story of the tournament, Bridge Farmhouse Ale (which has pummelled its way from tenth seed), taking on Halifax's nostalgia brew, Granite Best Bitter (which entered the tourney as a confident third place bevvy). And yet again, the new kid in the north end came out swinging its ceramic growlers, showing its Belgian roots (whatever that means, are Belgian people feisty? For the purpose of this blog I'm going to assume YES.) And I'm gonna say it, for someone who should've been defending that "Best" title, Granite really didn't show up for this one. It was a 71 to 28 percent spread, with one percent of sportsfans getting lost in the ether.
Now, today. A food fight to place bets on. Number one seeded nachos is looking for another victory, hoping to take out its piled-high competitor, potato skins, a surviving fifth place snack. Which one of these layered-with-cheese delights warms your belly best? Do you fancy a corn chip or spud slice base? Is sour cream enough or do you yearn for a little salsa too? These are hard questions for the appetizer lovers, I know, but let me share a little prediction here: I think it'll all come down to whether or not those bacon bits are real. If they're true, honest-to-goodness, chopped up bits of bacon, potato skins have a chance. If it's actually those weird dehydrated, slightly-burgundy, sprinkled from a can ones—game over. When you're trying to take out number one, it all comes down to details.
Go teams go! Stay tuned tomorrow for the introduction of your Final Four.
Yesterday, over in the first snack quarter-final, Chicken Wings just barely slipped past the Canadian favourite, Poutine, and let's all say a silent prayer in the memory of our 4am drunken mistake of embracing liberté, égalité, fraternité or sovereignty or whatever the fuck we were going on about when we thought three orders of gravy-ed-up Poutine was a great idea on top of the 14,000 mixed drinks we had had earlier in the evening.
Anyway, on to today's matchup of two north end favourites, both small in stature, but huge in flavour. In one corner, we have Granite, which has bounced around town for decades, a loyal following, er, following, from Hollis Street to south Barrington to Gingers to, now, up on Stairs Street as a retail outlet only. And in the other corner, we've got the upstart Bridge, still wet behind the ears, so new you can smell the new-beer packaging, but hitting the beer fashion world like the bikini hit the beach fashion world in the Atomic Age: BOOM! Talk about trendy! It's hipster heaven over at the Agricola Street brew dispensary, but this is clearly no one-time fad: this very, very decent beer will be here for generations, no matter the result of today's contest.
Polls stay open until Friday morning.
This is it, shit's starting to get real, folks. Don't get too scared now. All you salt-mongerers and beer garglers cut our list of tasty treats down to eight and this is what's happening now. Did you just fall off the bus? We're marching through madness over here, read this for for the low down. And check out the updated bracket to see the way things have been toppling.
Before I get into the whosits and whatsits of today let's take a minute to grieve the loss of that brew-battled renegade Keith's, it went down with barely a fight, collapsing with 19 percent of the vote while Propeller IPA happily danced a jig on its grave, commanding a neat 80 percent of the vote (don't question my math, dammit, I have an English degree) and going down in history as the Keith's assassin—the indie brew that finally brought the monster down. Now what will your dad drink? Heavy stuff, bro.
But today, today is where the real deals get made, where the age-old question of meat versus potatoes really comes a-callin'. On the one hand you've got the illustrious chicken wings, so beloved by snackers of all ages, that they have more than one day a week devoted to gobblin' them on the cheep (haha see what I did there?). And on the other hand you've got potatoes all dressed up and fancy-like, fried to a crisp perfection, drowning in your favourite part of turkey dinner and paired with the ultimate heavy weight—cheese. Don't mess with cheese, you'll only get burned. What's it going to come down to? Protein or carbs? There can be only one. (But, really there shouldn't, consider your food-pyramid health.)
Bayers Lake’s hot ticket Dhaba Casual Fine Dining & Express (8 Oland Crescent, 444-4411) just keeps on growing. Thanks to popular demand owners Faizal and Salma Junus expanded their space last winter, doubling Dhaba’s capacity to 60 seats, and next week it’ll take over yet another neighbouring property expanding its capacity yet again. “I believe our success is due to three things: high quality, fresh food, friendly service and restaurant decor,” says Faizal Junus of his rapidly growing biz. He expects his staff will also grow with this add on. Work on the next reno will kick-off on April 1, with a grand opening planned for mid-month. Good restaurant news! See, it exists!
The elite eight have been chosen! From now until Thursday, things slow down a bit—only one match up per day—but let's give a drunken round of applause to the strongest competitors, nachos, potato skins, chicken wings, poutine, Granite Best Bitter, Bridge Farmhouse Ale, and today's warriors, Propeller IPA and Keith's. Have no idea what is happening here? Read this for precious, precious context. And check out the updated bracket over yonder.
Before we start today's hype man spiel, let's talk about the weekend. While you were stuffing your face with ham and chocolate, poor, poor Granite and Oland were having the battle of a lifetime, Azumi-style, in which two friends (I'm assuming) had to fight to the death. Why, master, why??? In the end, Granite delivered the finishing blow to Oland, 58 percent to 41 percent. Snacks were a similarly close battle, with potato skins smothering mussels 52 percent to 47 percent. Mussels had romance on their side, but I'll tell you who I wouldn't like to meet in a darkened alley: MELTED CHEESE.
Today shows two hometown favourites going at 'er, Propeller IPA versus Keith's. One is the strong (certainly in alcohol content), silent type, likely pretty decent at fixing a dripping tap, capable of making a mean carbonara and the other is the life of the party, bubbly, slightly goofy and manages to look oddly attractive in cargo shorts. Who will be your beer boyfriend, guys? Dish:
Is this getting exciting or what? Beer. Bar snacks. For a dozen days in row. There's plenty of gut-patting going on in The Coast office, and we're betting in living rooms all over town. Yum. Haven't a clue what we're talking about? Read this for the full story, if need be, or like Buddy over at the dive bar, just order 14 more beers and jump into the conversation willy-nilly. They'll love ya, promise.
Before getting into today's serious business, let's review last night's drunken hilarity. Over in the beer category, folks were bellying up to the bar all night long, matching pint for pint, pint for pint, pint for pint. There were many elbows bended, and a few thrown in foul. It was a horrifically ugly night, and by closing time, the contest was decided by one measly percentage point, with Keith's just edging out Corona, 50.5 percent to 49.5 percent. This will be a game remembered for all of history. Or would've been, if people hadn't gotten so sloppily drunk. On the grub side, it wasn't even close: Chicken Wings slaughtered Onion Rings, giving the slimy vegetable a taste of its own tear-inducing misery.
Now for today's bouts. The beer contest pits two local favourites against each other: Oland Export, coming off a beer label-thin victory of Japan's Sappora, will face Granite Best Bitter, which last week convincingly walloped O'Doul's. These two beers are brewed within blocks of each other in Halifax's north end—Oland at the gigantic Agricola Street brewery, Granite just across Robie Street on Stairs Street. We predict drunken hooliganism throughout the contest, possibly within camera-shot of the ATV studio. Will Cindy Day take the beer bong challenge? Will Steve Murphy make a cameo, down a few dozen cold ones and condemn one of the contestants for having a french accent? Only time will tell.
On the snack side, we've got an old-fashioned grease vs grease snack attack. Neither side can even pretend to nutrition. I mean come on, Potato Skins ain't even the good part of the potato, just the dirty rind leftover from the indignations of a thousand field hands. Mussels, yea well, sure, find some actual seafood in there somewhere, and call the people who catalog the discovery of new planets circling Star Beta 4,000, because the meat-to-grease ratio in so-called "Mussels" is astronomically small. But hey, have at it:
The polls will be open until Monday morning. And don't miss a thing, get your daily reminders here.
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