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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Greece me up

T.C. Demaresq browses for business news.

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2007 at 2:52 PM

A new Greek take-out restaurant is opening soon at 2150 Gottingen. Island Greek Donair and Pizza is going to try to win the donair-loving hearts of Haligonians by tempting them with traditional Greek gyros. Co-owner Dimitrios Tsoukos explains that a gyro is a pita filled with spiced pork and topped with tzaziki sauce rather than the sweet sauce donairs are famous for. They also have french fries...inside the sandwich! Only time will tell if Halifax is ready to embrace the gyro, but just in case, Island Greek will be serving up famous Halifax donairs for the sweet meat fans. Also on the menu will be an array of take-out favourites, including pizza, pasta, calzones, grinders, fish and chips, burgers, poutine and Greek appetizers. Delivery will be available, so you don't even have to leave your precious Wii.

Island Greek has a dream that extends beyond delicious food. The owners chose the corner shop in the north end in part because they see the potential for growth in the area. The restaurant is expected to open within the next two weeks. Until then you can check out their website at islandgreek.ca, or call 422-8888 for more info.

Shooting gallery

One small business has spawned another for commercial photographer and entrepreneur Ted Efthymiadis. The owner of Noble BMX purchased a camera a year ago to take professional photos of his products for his online BMX store. Now Efthymiadis is offering his talents to local models interested in professional photo shoots with his new business, Noble Shoots. It began a year ago with an experimental photo shoot with a friend modeling behind Value Village in Bayers Lake. He specializes in Maxim-style photo shoots of female models. "Things have been crazy," he says from his shop on Quinpool Road, "I have so many girls booking shoots, it's hard to fit them all in." He has recently had photos published on Maxim magazine's photoblog website and he will be doing a shoot soon for the Canadian men's fashion magazine, Urban. You can view the Noble Shoots portfolio at www.nobleshoots.com or call 404-4269 for more information.

Gallery two

Gallery Page and Strange will be expanding this summer. The independent gallery is taking over the space next door at 1867 Granville Street on June 1, when the NSCAD offices move out. Co-owner Victoria Strange says they are "very excited" about the expansion, which will give them a much-needed second room. First they have some extensive renovations and demolishing to do. "We're going to go through a double brick wall, if you can believe it," Strange says. When the dust settles, the extension will resemble the original gallery's simple, clean design, including a second window front to the street. The new room will allow more solo shows, and even the possibility of having two shows opening at once. Strange expects the renovations to take about one month, and says the space "should be open and perfect" by Canada Day weekend. To contact the gallery, call 422-8995.

Star struck

Coffee Vision Atlantic will be opening two new Starbucks locations in Halifax this summer. One will be at the Marriott Harbourfront at 1919 Water Street, next to the Fife and Drum. The second will be in the competitive coffee arena, Scotia Square. The shop will occupy the former Sea of Love location. The close proximity to Tim Hortons, The Second Cup, Treats and Mama Gratti's will create a veritable battle royale of caffeinated beverages. May the best bean win.

Get your Grove on

Coconut Grove is now open in the former Stage Nine location at 1567 Grafton. The new nightclub will be mainly Latin-themed, focusing on DJs and dancing rather than live entertainment. Owner Remo Petrella says the extensive renovations are still in progress. A new kitchen is being constructed upstairs beside the patio, and the club is expecting to offer a full dinner menu by May 1. Petrella is hoping to attract the over-35 crowd to his establishment, but is aware of how difficult attracting that market can be. For now he is experimenting with different themes each night, including a retro night on Thursdays and a house night on Fridays. The popular Stage Nine Wednesday reggae nights are being continued at Coconut Grove, featuring live music by Verbal Warnin'. On Saturday nights the dance floor will heat up with the help of Latin DJs for a Tropicana dance party. The dance floor has already been enlarged and Petrella is looking forward to filling it. "It's beautiful to see lots of people dancing," he says. For now the club is open at 9pm each night, but the plan is to start opening at 4pm after May 1. For more information you can call the bar at 444-0887.

Bits and bites

Truly terrible news for north end snackers: The Samosa Hut at 5783 Charles has closed shop. This leaves a huge hole in the supply market to people who are just a little hungry, but don't want, like, a whole big meal...If you were thinking of dropping by Mic Mac Mall for a pita and a hockey stick, forget it; Extreme Pita has closed in the food court, and Sports Experts has shut its doors as well. No word yet as to what will occupy either space.

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