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May 29, 2008 01:45 PM

Outback at Crowfoot (Calgary)

Has been torn down, raised, demo'd... not a trace of it left save a pile of rubble. I'm mourning the loss of their coconut shrimp... ok maybe not since I can make them better (and cheaper) at home.

Does anyone know what's planned for the space? Please tell me it's something other than an East Side Marios or the like?

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  1. We've been waiting for word but nothing. It's been down for quite some time. At least a year. Also, something has been happening at Rafters for about the same time period that could be a restaurant or retail. I guess restaurant owners have as much trouble as we do getting construction done in this city though the Crowfoot theater had reno's done lickety split.

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    1. re: sharonanne

      I've heard a couple of rumours about that space. One was a residential highrise, and the other was for another professional center.

      As for the spot where rafters was. I saw a sign up announcing that a spa/salon was going to be opening up there.

    2. It is going to be an office building of sorts (a friend was looking for lease space and was told that was what was going in).

      1. sharonanne: A year? geesh you'd think I'd have noticed before last week then. The only time we've been to Outback was with a gift certificate and we haven't received one in awhile so I guess that's why it took me so long to notice :) I guess I'm not at Crowfoot much anymore because of all the development in Beacon Hill, Coventry and Symon's Valley I don't usually need to venture that far west... oh well... I'm hopeful the office space has room for retail on the main floor like they've done elsewhere in Crowfoot. Who knows, maybe something other than a chain will decide to open up in the new space - I can dream heh :)

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        1. re: maplesugar

          I dare to dream of the perfect taqueria opening up in Beacon Hill. My family laughs but how can you get what you want if you don't ask for it? ;-)

          1. re: sharonanne

            One of my dreams is to have a Planet Organic or Community Natural Foods open up here... I'd like to have less than a 15+ min drive for good organics... I know there's Superstore in my backyard (almost literally) but they seem to perpetually be out of bananas for instance... and they don't carry things like organic bell peppers, zucchini or I either make the drive to Planet Organic or Amaranth and/or stock up on the weekend at CFM. I was happy to discover however, T&T does carry organic tofu ...and they're close by... but it gets time consuming making so many stops.

            Ok I'm probably whining a bit... but it'd be nice to win the lotto and be able to live nearer to the core so our fave food shopping places weren't such a drive. :)

        2. Does anyone know why it was taken down? THere are 3 in edmonton. We wanted to go there today.

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          1. re: chewy_bakah

            That power centre had three similar themed franchises, so the weakest had to go first?
            Still got Tony Roma's (not recommended) and Montana's. (Never ate there)

            This corner of NW Calgary is not exactly blessed with too many independent restos.

            1. re: worldwidestuff

              Oddly enough ... Edm also has 4 Red Robbins and there are none in Calgary.

            2. re: chewy_bakah

              The sign on the door, before they bulldozed the building, said they were unable to staff the place. This is a while ago when staffing anywhere was impossible.

              1. re: sharonanne

                You're saying that they couldn't staff outbacks but tony R and Montana are still there? wierd... I would say the wait staff would make more at Outbacks than montana's

                1. re: chewy_bakah

                  I have no idea whether it is true or not, just saying what the sign on the door said. The next time we were in the area, the door was gone along with the rest of the building. When those people leave town they LEAVE town.

              2. re: chewy_bakah


                Where is the third one? I have gone to the first, just north of West Edmonton Mall and the second on the southside.

                I have to admit that when they first opened I enjoyed them but quality did not continue. We were last at one a few months ago and it was "desperate" and none of the party would be going back anytime soon ... more "bloomin' onions" for everyone else I guess.

                I do not miss the food nor the "Americanized Crocodile Dundee" character.

                1. re: Bob Mac

                  ... i was surprised too to find out a 3rd one too .

                  OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE
                  NORTH EDMONTON
                  12832 - 137 Ave
                  Edmonton, Alberta
                  T5L 4Y8
                  Adjacent to Safeway

                  Yeah i agree... the south end edm was really good at the beginning and like every resturant it slides.