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Apr 1, 2009 04:24 AM

Stephen Av. "Specials"

Economic downturn? You bet.

Keep your eyes peeled on Stephen Av...

Blink now boasts a prix fixe for lunch and dinner. Mind you the dinner is set between the auspicious hours of 5:00pm and 6:30pm.

In other news Teatro has taken a pretty aggressive stance with four separate incentives... They call it their recession plan, or some such.
Notably, the Sunday night no corkage and chef's tasting menu.

Anyone spy anything else?

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  1. not stephen ave but Rasoi in marda loop has lowered their prices as well - when they opened most entrees were over $30 but now everything is in the $20 range and delicious.

    i notices the blink prix fixe as well, there's always st.germain for $39 and free corkage everyday.

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    1. re: pants

      Good to hear...

      Add Catch to the list... Full board of specials, including happy hour oysters for 2 bucks.

      Here's to hoping no one gets hurt in these tougher times, but it's nice for the consumer to get a break. Standards will go up some too, hopefully.

      1. re: pants

        We had a dinner for 11 at St. Germain last night. Amazing service & food. I'm loving the no corkage. For 11 people with cocktails & everyone having 3 courses (but not necessarily) the special, it was $600. That's less than $60 per. The prix fixe was mussels in tomato sauce for starter, leg of lamb for main & pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. I got this & it was amazing!

      2. apparently Rush is doing free drinks and appy's from 5-7 thursday and friday this week - they did it thursday last week as well...

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        1. re: pants

          Rush is free fest is by invite, so how does one get invited?

          1. re: pants

            Free DRINKS?? That's a recipe for a lawsuit and also obviously violates new minimum pricing laws. Appies are fine but free drinks is just inviting disaster.

            1. re: John Manzo

              i dont think so as it is a private party event.

              1. re: John Manzo

                From AGLC's website:

                8.2.6 The following types of liquor pricing or practices are prohibited:
                a) free liquor specials;
                b) more than one (1) drink for a single price (e.g., “2 for 1” or
                “triples for the price of a single”); and
                c) promotions of “all you can drink for a fixed cost”.


                If it were open to the general public I'd agree, it'd be a violation but I have yet to find anywhere where they prohibit free drinks at a private event. They'd be shutting down dozens of corporate Stampede Parties every summer if that were the case.

                1. re: maplesugar

                  Lets get back the vital info at 300rwhp asked, How do you get an invite????

                  I host many corporate events each year in my business. If it were illegal to serve free drinks, I wouldnt make any sales. As long as the event is private, or there is 1 person singled out to pick up the tab, the ALCB laws do not apply. However, overserving laws still do, of course.

                  1. re: RodVito

                    Okay okay OKAY. Message received. It's private. Pants' post did not stipulate this and hers was what I was responding to.

                    1. re: John Manzo

                      I didn't actually attend last week, I was just told about the event by someone that did stop in and that they were going to be doing it again - sounded like the drinks were pretty small anyways....little wee plastic glasses of wine - i didn't realize it was invite only.

                      1. re: pants

                        wee wine- sounds like your typical gallery opening! :-)

            2. Might be nice for some of the Stephen Ave. places to do something to cover parking. As much as I like DiVino, I am sick and tired of being reamed by parking fees in the core, so I just don't go there anymore.

              I don't know why the restaurateurs in the area haven't gotten together to put some sort of valet parking scheme together or at least strike a deal with the evil empire (Impark) to subsidize customer parking

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              1. re: tex_in_yyc

                A valet service would be nice but in the meantime:

                James Short 112 – 5 Avenue SW OR 115 – 4 Avenue SW
                $2 Evenings everyday 4 pm to 6 am; Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays 6 am to 6 pm.

                Petro-Canada 111 - 5 Avenue SW
                $2 Evenings from 6 pm to 6 am and weekends.

                1. re: tex_in_yyc

                  Just to add to sharonanne's reply

                  Lot # 7
                  209 - 9 Ave SW (Across the street from Rush; a block from DiVino)
                  $2 Evenings everyday 4 pm to 6 am; Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays 6 am to 6 pm

                  On-street parking is free after 6PM - just make sure you aren't in a loading zone or something.

                  And isn't there still free evening parking on Stephen Ave (after they open up the little gates at the intersections.

                  1. re: cancowboy

                    Great posts everyone!

                    Even the mini debate on the AGLC Act. If you want to dork out and have a bit of a laugh, check out the enforcement orders on the AGLC website. A grand fine here, a grand fine there... Peanuts...

                    Talk about a toothless watchdog! (Not that I'm complaining.)

                    Keep 'em coming

                  2. re: tex_in_yyc

                    I was at Blink last week and when I called to ask about parking, they said if I parked at the Telus Convention Centre, that they would give me a parking voucher. It made it easy, not having to drive around to find parking.

                  3. An interesting column in the Herald today. Many of the deals already noted here.

                    Optimism (and change) on Stephen Avenue

                    A few evenings ago, I strolled down Stephen Avenue to gauge the temperature of dining on our most corporate restaurant row. Now that we're a few months into the recession, I wanted to see how those places that have been so strongly supported by the corporate credit card are faring.

                    The comments I heard from most chefs and restaurateurs echoed the rumours I've been hearing over the past few months: spending is down; head counts are down; rent, taxes and food costs, however, are not. Many corporate credit cards have been given tighter limits while others have been pulled altogether. And while some places appear to be unaffected--or at least say they are--others are down anywhere from 40 to 60 per cent from last year. But they're not sitting still and crying in their beer. Changes are happening.

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