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Fergus & Bix, Marda Loop, Cgy

O Restaurant has closed and is becoming a Fergus & Bix.
(Apologies if this has been covered and I missed it.)

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  1. Thats good news I always thought O was terribly inconsistent and Fergus & Bix seems to have developed a passionate following on the west side of town.

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    1. re: crazy_eoj

      Sorry, but I'm not familiar with Fergus & Bix. Can anyone share anything more on it? This is a good thing?

      1. re: Chow_Down

        it's like Joey's or Earl's, i've been a few times when driving by that area, but IMO it's certainly nothing to make a fuss about.

        google -> http://fergusandbix.com/

        1. re: Chow_Down

          When F&B first opened up, it was pretty good. Unfortunately, they seemed to lose their opening kitchen staff pretty quick and started turning out below average bar food at above average prices.

          IIRC, the people behind F&B were the people that started the Original Joes chain and F&B was their next project after they sold off OJ.

          The fact that F&B seems successful in its Westhills location has more to do with lack of competition than anything else, IMO.

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          Original Joe's Restaurant & Bar
          3690 Westwinds Dr NE, Calgary, AB T3J 5H3, CA

          1. re: tex_in_yyc

            So we missed the opening? When did it open?

            1. re: Davelina

              I believe tex is referring to the other F&B location. The one in Marda Loop is not open yet as far as I know. The old "O" sign is still up.

        2. The thing I don’t like about F & B is they don’t allow children. Marda Loop needs a place where we can take our kids. I’m tired of driving to earls...

          1. Well, thanks all for the heads-up. Doesn't sound like anything to get excited over... Not that "O" was either.

            Marda Loop is severely lacking a decent pub. Union Station - meh. OJs - meh. Garrison - Not bad, but pretty meh. This is disappointing.

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            1. re: Chow_Down

              Those places are all fine for neighbourhood pubs. At least we don't have one of those cookie cutter Irish pubs.

              There's also the Trop (was the Tropicana), which was just renovated not long ago. (I can't really recommend it one way or another because I haven't been there since the reno).

              1. re: 23skidoo

                The former owner of Morgans restarted that one. Haven't been there yet (no real plans, either), but, FYI. Doubt it's going to be a food destination.

                1. re: Leibowitz

                  I was actually at the Trop for lunch on Thursday, mostly out of curiosity.

                  The re-done interior is nice, but nothing special or different than what's already in the area. My friend had a pizza that looked (and he said was) above average for pub 'za and I had a chicken sandwich that was passable, but again, nothing special. Unfortunately, it was more of the same that can already be found in the area.

                  23 - there is nothing specifically wrong with any of the pubs in ML, but I find that instead of having one go-to place that I enjoy, I choose based on which pub I'm least bored with at any given time.

                  1. re: Chow_Down

                    Adding links

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                    The Trop
                    1501 34 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 3S8, CA

                    Garrison Pub, The
                    2040 42 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 2M7, CA

                    Union Station TapHouse & Grill
                    2116 33 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 1Z7, CA

            2. Fergus & Bix is now open.

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              Fergus & Bix
              2018 33 Ave SW, Calgary, AB , CA