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Friday, April 19, 2013

Hello Stubborn Goat, goodbye G Lounge

When one door closes, luckily another one opens

Posted By on Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 12:00 PM

click to enlarge The soon-to-be Stubborn Goat Gastropub
  • The soon-to-be Stubborn Goat Gastropub

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.

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