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What you need to know about COVID-19: August 4, 2020
For decades, some version of Chinatown sat on the edge of Bedford Basin in Birch Cove, but last year it moved to a newly built restaurant at 213 Bedford Hwy.
The future of the property is a redevelopment of some sort. That’s still years away so there’s a gap, and that’s where Mike Yould comes in.
Yould, who you may have seen at events over the last few years with his Kansas City-style mobile barbecue business, Asado Wood Fired Grill, is opening Birch & Anchor.
It’s a beer garden, restaurant and private events rental space. Yould says the reaction has been good.
“We are very appreciative to have received such endless positivity from the local community.”
The interior of the building has been spruced up, and picnic tables and a firepit area have been set up on the waterfront.
The menu will, of course, have brisket sandwiches, ribs and chicken but will also be expanding to add seafood dishes, charcuterie boards, salads, pizzas and more.
The taps will be filled out with beverages from locals like Garrison, Propeller, Nova Scotia Spirit Co. and a selection of cocktails.
“We have made an effort to partner with local suppliers in some fashion to allow us to showcase the best of the best Nova Scotia has to offer,” Yould says.
The interior will be open year round, and they are taking bookings for 2021and 2022. The beer garden will remain open until November.
“This space has been iconic for many, many years and it has been my pleasure to bring it back to life,” says Yould.
“Stay tuned for our official opening date.”
He hints they are aiming for Canada Day, if all goes well.
Here are more retail highlights and happenings:
An icon of the Halifax culinary scene, Craig Flinn, is stepping aside after 19 years at 1537 Barrington St., and Chives Canadian Bistro has closed. However, it will be taken over by its last chef, Stephanie Ogilvie (who recently was a finalist on Top Chef Canada) and her partner, Brock Unger, who have been hosting elaborate multi-course dinners for the last two years at various locations and, more recently, adjusting to the pandemic as a weekly takeout under the name Hop Scotch Dinner Club.
Now, Hop Scotch will be a restaurant, starting with dinner service in early July and eventually expanding to lunch.
This week's menu is up at hopscotchdinnerclub.com. Place your orders now for pickup @chivescanadianbistro this Friday and Saturday between 4pm-7pm. • ~Cheddar Cornbread with Pimento Cheese, Radish and Pickled Green Tomato~ ~Bean Salad with Chipotle Lime Vinaigrette~ ~Roasted Pork Belly with Red Eye Demi, Swiss Chard and Creamy Slaw(veggie option available)~ ~Burnt Honey Cake with Bourbon Buttercream and Sponge Toffee~ • ✌🐰💕 #HopScotchAtHome
Flinn’s spinoff, 2 Doors Down, carries on with a recently opened Dartmouth Crossing location and the original, two doors down from Hop Scotch.
Back for one more night, today’s catch is our classic crispy fishcake burger with tartar sauce and chow chow. Open for dine in or take out today folks. 902-422-4224 to place a take out order or make a reservation. #restaurantreopening #takeoutday #dineandstayhome #freshstart #cheflife #halifaxretales #downtownhalifax #dartmouthcrossing #wereinthistogether #localfood #supportsmallbusiness #curatedguide #tasteofns
Teaghlach Ross Distillery is in the process of setting up on Powder Mill Road in Waverley, near the firefighter school, and is planning to open in the autumn. Teaghlach is Gaelic for family.
The former Wyse Buys on Wyse Road in Dartmouth is being converted into an Asian grocery store.
Made in the Maritimes, which highlights local artisanal crafts, is open as a seasonal store in Peggys Cove. The flagship store in Bayers Lake by Giant Tiger will also soon be opening, replacing a store at Sunnyside Mall.
Happy Father’s Day! We’re open today at Peggy’s Cove so bring Dad down for lunch at @tomslobstershack, @rhubarbrestaurant_ or the @souwesterpeggyscove (awesome fish & chips!) and pick up a locally made gift. Our store is brimming with Nova Scotia folk art, small paintings and so many treasures for Dad #shopmadeinthemaritimes #fathersday #giftideas #lunchdate #peggyscove #visitnovascotia #destinationhalifax #buylocal #supportlocal #novascotiaartist #madeinthemaritimes #craft #art
The Crafty Fox MakerSpace and Kit Cafe (espresso, tea) is open in the Boss on Supreme Court in Fairview.
The mobile Pop’s Kettle Corn has set up in the parking lot of Sunnyside Mall, but don’t let the name fool you. It also offers baked potatoes, sweet potatoes and roasted corn on the cob with a variety of toppings.
Seven Bays Bouldering has opened a second climbing gym at 114 Chain Lake Dr. in Bayers Lake, and Prime Strength Club gym has opened in part of the old Keg/Boomerangs on Portland Street by McDonalds.
Opening our second gym in Bayers Lake has been a roller coaster of emotions. Big shout out to everyone who helped with the project! We could not have gotten it done without your hard work and dedication. 🙌🙌🙌 Building a gym during a pandemic is an adventure we'll never forget. Thanks again gang. #SevenBaysBayersLake • • • #sevenbays #sevenbaysbouldering #sbb #climbing #bouldering #climb #rockclimbing #timetoclimb #boulderinggym #climbinggym #routesetting #halifax #northendhfx #novascotia #climbnovascotia #coffee #halifaxcafe
Nygard stores, including the Alia, Tan Jay and Jay Set brands, are in the process of closing. They announced they were in trouble before the pandemic. Their founder is also facing a class action launched by 46 women who accuse him of rape and running a sex trafficking ring.
Less than a year after opening, café and bar Boxcar Social has closed its Sackville Street location.
A longtime staple of Hubbards has had a reboot. The former Dauphinee Inn has changed hands and had a bit of a spruce up. The restaurant has been completely redone and is now known as the Tuna Blue Inn.
Agricola Street Books and Studios is online for now and will be opening a storefront later this year at 2684 Agricola St.
National chain BarBurrito is setting up a location for quick-serve Mexican-inspired food in the shopping plaza at 50 Tacoma Dr. in Dartmouth.