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Dec 3, 2009 12:25 PM

Opening in Calgary?

What new restaurants are opening in Calgary? I am excited about UNA Pizza but what else?

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  1. never heard of it. do you work there?

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    1. re: nonlinear

      It's what replaces Wicked Wedge.

      Local Cook- one exciting new opening will be Charcut in Le Germain. Also, look for the rebirth of Hy's Steakhouse in the new Jamieson tower.

      1. re: John Manzo

        This is great! Thanks for the letting me know about these exciting openings...I am going to try and find out more about them. Let me know if you hear about any others...LC

        1. re: John Manzo

          Do you have anymore info on the new HY'S?

          1. re: John Manzo

            Did the Wicked Wedge go under? Or did they just relocate their entire business to Chinook?

              1. re: John Manzo

                That seems like an odd choice to me. Do you know why they decided to do this? Was the 17th Ave location not fairing well?

                1. re: electroleum

                  It was faring fine- but a place at Chinook is a complete cash cow, so I assume they ran with it.

                  Una Pizza is SO MUCH BETTER than WW ever was. We traded up.

                  1. re: John Manzo

                    I agree, Chinook food court would be an automatic cash cow for most places, but I'm not so sure it'll be quite as lucrative for WW if they keep the same price range they had on 17th.

                    I think the reason they were able to sell slices for around $5 each is because they had a captive (and drunk) client base on most nights. These are the crowds that don't care what they spend so long as they get food. The shopping crowd will likely be a little bit more cost-minded than the drunken bar crowd.

                    I think people might be a little more likely to spend the same amount of money on a filling meal at one of the other fast food joints. But maybe that's because I'm just a big ol' bastid that usually needs more than a slice to fill the gap :)

                    I'm interested to see how it goes nonetheless.

                  2. re: electroleum

                    Different owners. The Chinook location is with the original owners, who sold the 17th Wedge a couple years ago. The new owners ran the Wedge for a couple of years, then brought in some new partners to create Una.

                    1. re: Albertagirl

                      I didn't know the 17th Av location was sold before the move - interesting. Thanks Albertagirl.

          2. New restaurant in the Scotia Center is set to open by the start of February. It's going to be 2 floors plus a rooftop patio.

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            1. re: L.C.

              Scotia? Facing Stephen Ave? Trying to picture it...

              1. re: John Manzo

                I walked by this week on the Plus 15 level and it looks like it will be situated on the northwest side of Scotia Center... closest to the old Bay parkade. The area is obviously borded up but there is promotional signage. From what I recall, all it has is the letter "M" and "Coming Soon". I immediately thought of Mercury because the font is similar... than I thought perhaps a high-end new concept Moxies. Who knows... Can anyone else shed some light on this opening?

                1. re: DeeDub

                  This is under construction forever. I actually thought M stands for Metropolitan Grill (they are downstairs) but maybe not.

                  1. re: josey124

                    It is backed by the Met group and the signage that they are using to board it up are the same ones from Mercury, hence why they would look familiar.

                    1. re: L.C.

                      Nope. Concorde Group Victor Choy. Trust me. This place is M-A-S-S-I-V-E. Bigger than the old Ceili's. And indeed a Mercury.

                      1. re: derfster

                        It's huge...somewhere around 700 seats (with the patio open). It's supposed to be open in the next 5 weeks or so.

                        1. re: L.C.

                          I was out on the weekend with a bunch of people that work in the F&B industry, and heard a few things about this place. It's definitely a Concorde venture. It's apparently going to have a few levels, and each level has it's own staff & kitchen, and I heard that each floor could possibly have its own theme. They also mentioned it's going to have one MASSIVE rooftop patio, but I'll have to take a closer look at the exterior of the building to see if that's even possible.

                          1. re: L.C.

                            how do you feed that many people properly? i can't see the food being good or consistent if it's that big? can downtown calgary support something that large? crazy...

                            1. re: pants

                              I'm guessing it will bank a lot of its business on the lunch/after work crowd. It's right in the heart of the business core, so I can see it doing well in that regard.

                              As far as nighttime business is concerned, that's up in the air. Not too many places that are north of the train tracks do all that well in the evenings or on the weekends. Choy's Tangerine Supper Club failed pretty miserably, and Vickers' Spur/Italian Kitchen spot doesn't seem to be doing all that well either (at least not at night)

                              1. re: electroleum

                                Lots of places on 8th Ave do well at night: Auburn, Murrieta's, Metropolitan Grill, Divino, etc.

                                (Come to think of it, Tangerine was just around the corner from 8th Ave, but being in a basement on a side street made it really easy to miss).

                                1. re: 23skidoo

                                  Tangerine used to be the Elephant & Castle pub which packed the house on wing night if memory serves...and did pretty well most nights iirc. Tangerine's demise wasn't 100% due to location.

                                  1. re: maplesugar

                                    I'm not saying all places are doomed, it just seems as though there is an overwhelming preference for places down on the Red Mile versus Stephen Ave (or thereabouts). If this place ends up being as great as it's expected to be, that could revive the core nightlife a little bit.

                                    1. re: electroleum

                                      I agree not all places are doomed to be sure. It could be...Stephen Av seems to have to battle the sidewalks-roll-up-at-5 vibe with so many of the retailers closing early whereas 17th Av has more all-around appeal?

                                      In the case of Tangerine there were alot of other places that opened in their price range that are stellar... I think if you weren't wowing people you got lost in the shuffle.

                                2. re: electroleum

                                  Had lunch at Italian Kitchen: beef carpaccio, and lasagna with a side caesar. The food was okay (although the carpaccio wasn't carpaccio, it was thick and seared like steak tataki), but wow did our meals and drinks ever take a long time to come out. 2 and a half hours for the whole meal. Even dessert was a 20-minute wait.
                                  I was in a group of 15, which may have made a difference, but we were the only occupied table in the restaurant.
                                  Our server was attentive, if kind of flirty. Super-attractive young waitresses isn't in itself a bad thing, but you could tell the food wasn't the primary concern for this place.

                                  Italian Kitchen
                                  351 4th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1G1, CA

                  2. re: L.C.

                    Will be open by April, guaranteed. Also, rooftop patio can be seen from 16 office buildings, so they are building private cabanas....awesome.

                    1. Just came back from dinner there. Interesting concept and my darling wife got her gluten free Pizza.

                      1. This one is probably less exciting for everyone else, but there's a 3rd Rusty Cage location opening up on 16th ave in the old Kits/Fat Jack's spot. It's big news for me because instead of driving all the way to Westbrook for wings I can just drive up the hill :)

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                        1. re: electroleum

                          hmmm...I always assumed that the Rusty Cage was more of a "meat-market" dance bar...are their wings really good? really cheap? or better yet, that perfect intersection of just good enough and just cheap enough?

                          1. re: KcM

                            Their wings are the best & most consistent wings I've had in Calgary so far. We used to go to Kilkenny's all the time, but both the service & the quality of wings were so sporadic that we sought a new place to go. The wings at Rusty Cage are almost always of good size, and they always taste great. They have also expanded their menu to include 50 flavours (although stay away from the Peppercorn Brandy....yuck!). The price went up a tiny bit, to $0.29 per wing, but that's understandable considering they just added 25 flavours to the menu. The key is to get there a little bit before 6pm, because all drinks are $2.75 from 5-6 :) And unless you go for wings at 11pm, you won't have to worry about any sort of bar crowd. When you go around suppertime, the people there are just there for the wings.

                            The only thing I'm worried about is that the quality of the wings @ 16th Ave might not be as good as the Westbrook location, because the ones down at Studio 82 aren't as good either.

                            1. re: electroleum

                              $.29 wings! $2.75 happyhour! Stumbling distance from home (downhill to boot!) Thanks for the info, I'm going to have to check it out.

                              1. re: electroleum

                                i've only had wings at rusty cage one time. they were raw inside. won't give them a second chance after that experience.

                                this was the studio 82 location, BTW.

                                1. re: nonlinear

                                  Can't say I'm overly shocked given that it was that location. I'm a diehard Rusty Cage'er and even I won't go to that one because the one time we had wings there, they were awful.

                            2. re: electroleum

                              Drove past the new one on 16th ave N.W. former "Fat Jacks" former "Kits" tonight, it's open.

                              1. re: The Gut

                                Yeah, it opened up about a week ago. I've only peered in through the window. Looks like a decent setup

                                1. re: electroleum

                                  Went to the new Rusty Cage location last night for the Canada/Russia game. Unfortunately, my suspicion was correct - the wings there are not as good as their main location. I don't know if they use different methods at their satellite locations, but they're different & not as tasty.

                                  That being said, I like the new location's layout & decor. Even has a downstairs "tiki bar" lounge area.