Beltline in YYC - Looking Up!
A walk down 1st St SW by 12 Ave today has me excited - finally some places to try close to where I work!
In fact, its almost doubled - the only things close were Vicious Circle, Koi (or Convergence Cafe now), St. Germain & Raw Bar - but they weren't places I would want to visit with some frequency.
A lot of these places have been scattered across the board, but looks like John Gilchrist has encapsulated them in the Herald this weekend: http://www.calgaryherald.com/life/Wha...
Giuseppe's Italian Deli and Market (not quite open yet
Now if only the Drum and Monkey could pick itself off the floor, I'd be happy (or if a decent East Indian buffet appears by me)!
I can't get over how much more welcomingthis stretch 1st St feels as Colours and the new Hotel Arts retail block are getting completed. Look for a Jugo Juice (I know, it's not that exciting but more indication of how much change is happening) to open at the retail level of Union Square across the street from DeVille as well. As recently as a couple of months ago it was still basically you and the crackheads; today is a very different sort of experience. I'd say the same, albeit with a less inviting streetscape, on 1st SE, with all the new frontages between Vetro and where Sunterra is going in, with the Callebaut block across the street and behind (towards Macleod) that new burger lounge. It's all very exciting.
Hey now, Drum & Monkey has its own charm. Without it, that block runs a serious risk of being a little too "uppity." : )
But yes, wholeheartedly agree that the 1st St. block is looking fantastic. I walk through there regularly and I love watching the progress.
Wow has it come a long way on 1st Street SW. It's looking really good over there. I tried Atomic - the lychee-lemonade slushy (there is a huge selection of flavors) and beef sate ($10 total). It was awesome. Deville not so good, except the coffee. St. James Pub - clubhouse really good, pizza not so much. I can't wait for Giuseppe's - hurry up and open!