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Stephen AV Calgary: Tribune re-branding?

seemac70 May 13, 2009 05:54 AM

New sign out front: "TRIB steaks- chops..."

Maybe going casual? Most people just call it the Trib, I suppose.

Any news?

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    hungryungry May 25, 2009 06:26 PM

    I saw that the other day! It really startled me!!

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      Shazam May 17, 2009 09:39 PM

      According to a Calgary Herald article today, Tribune's sales dropped 46% the last while.

      Guess they needed to do something to stay alive.

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      1. re: Shazam
        letus eat May 17, 2009 10:13 PM

        Thanks Shazam. I spoke with the owner before Christmas and he said business was slowing down. The oilpatch was not spending any extra money. I also know that Centinis was finding business slow as well and they were revamping the menu. Whether they did or not, I don't know. The innovative businesses will thrive and survive.

        1. re: letus eat
          John Manzo May 17, 2009 10:35 PM

          I love Centini but it was INSANELY expensive. Good to see the changes.

        2. re: Shazam
          Mr.GoodSoup May 22, 2009 05:01 PM

          I spoke with people who thought it was a jewelery shop before. At least now they will know its a restaurant.
          I hope they kept some stuff from the old menu, it was great.

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          letus eat May 17, 2009 06:07 PM

          The Trib is hurting because of the economy and is doing what it can to survive. The management style is the old boys school style and if you compare them to "The Farm" as an example, there is a definite difference in the current success of the restaurants. The Farm has very innovative management style going on. (I use The Farm as an example, there are others such as the Vin Room etc) The Trib, and a variety of other restaurants need to change drastically to survive the current economic woes.

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            John Manzo May 17, 2009 06:25 PM

            The economy here isn't THAT bad. 6.1% unemp with the highest labour participation rate BY FAR in North America is actually quite good and balanced even in "good" times.

            The name of the resto is "FARM" btw, not "The Farm."

            1. re: John Manzo
              seemac70 May 19, 2009 06:02 AM

              You're right about that...

              The main thing is that so much of the expense account money has dried up. Belt tightening kills "posh" places. Most places on Stephen AV have sandwich boards out with prix fixe, specials, etc.

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              criticalcritic May 17, 2009 06:41 PM

              "The management style is the old boys school style and if you compare them to "The Farm" as an example, there is a definite difference in the current success of the restaurants".
              What is this supposed to mean?? Where do you get your info from?

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                letus eat May 17, 2009 07:35 PM

                Being in the food industry. Yes, different styles. But what about innovation? Think! I know that the trib as well as most other restaurants are going thru difficult times. Why are some places thriving? If you were to study management styles as well as international culinary hotspots such as Spain i think you would grasp what I am saying. Thank you John for pointing out "Farm" I am glad that is your biggest issue!!!

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              hsk May 16, 2009 08:55 PM

              Apparently the new menu is only a week old. Decor is still the same, not casual at least in the dining room downstairs: tablecloths, lots of different cutlery, tableside service for roasts. Prices are reasonable, but they were the last time too (maybe 3 years ago?) so I can't compare. Menu with prices are on their website so you can check it out for yourself.

              Dinner and service was great, we both had steaks which were cooked perfectly (blue rare really is, and not cold). The only complaints would be
              a) the sauces were way too sweet (eg. peppercorn sauce that was like marsala sauce with a few green peppercorns tossed in) but they were included (i.e. free, so you can just scrape it off if you don't like it) and
              b) the 60/70's music (I haven't heard Love Potion # 9 since I was young, maybe that's the point but I didn't like it then either).

              It was really good. We don't go downtown too often because parking is a pain but if you're in the area it's better than some of the more expensive options, I'd definitely recommend it.

              1. pants May 13, 2009 09:52 AM

                I got the email today - lunch starting at $12
                wine tasting tonight between 5-7

                i'll give it a try - anyone know if andrew keen is still cooking here since he started parkerhouse?

                i know the manager from tribune has gone to olives....

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                  ureviewcalgary May 13, 2009 04:31 PM

                  Andrew is the Exec. Chef of CA Restaurant Enterprises(Trib, Murrieta's, ParkerHouse)...Brent Klassen is the Trib Chef on a daily basis.

                  It's a re-jigging of their original concept so the menu has been refreshed, simplified, and prices are more reflective of market requirements. Seems like a Gordon Ramsay type of make-over minus the bad food and kitchen issues. They are definitely aiming for a more casual experience.

                  Wine Wednesday's are back as well though I haven't been since they restarted. The Trib GM is Francois...who also runs the Cellar Wine Store across the street.

                  1. re: ureviewcalgary
                    seemac70 May 13, 2009 05:09 PM

                    Saw the menu today...

                    You got it.

                    Selection of steaks with veg and choice 'o potato. Flatiron, filet, etc.

                    Plus the old Tribune roasts for two. Lower price points, generally speaking.

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                  ennui May 13, 2009 08:51 AM

                  The sign says TRIB - steaks chops chicken seafood wine beer spirits.

                  Definite re-branding. Sounds like a little bit of everything and heard the prices are very reasonable. Like a restaurant makeunder.

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                  1. re: ennui
                    John Manzo May 13, 2009 09:10 AM

                    Before, during and post-boom, my main complaint about Stephen Ave is that it has too little in the way of moderately-priced restos. So this is fine by me.

                    When I eat downtown I am almost always off Stephen. Chinatown, DeVille or Artigiano, Sukiyaki House (on 9th), Sahara- none are on Stephen Ave.

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