As we work our way towards summer’s official start (June 20th), we may as well get excited about the new Calgary restaurants that plan to open in the next couple of months. Here are the five most buzzworthy concepts-in-progress at the moment.
There isn’t a ton of information available on this upcoming wine bar concept from Leslie Echino, the owner of Blink, but what we can expect is a cozy space that will seat around twenty, interesting wines, a cool interior design from McKinley Burkart and a concise menu by Blink’s executive chef, Bryan Michaels. Annabelle will be located right next door to the Stephen Avenue eatery in a space that was formerly a teeny nail salon.
Slated to open in early August.
If Cody Willis’ success with Native Tongues Taqueria is any indication, this funky Indian-themed concept going into the former Bar C space will likely be popular from day one. Only a few weeks away from opening its doors, Calcutta is aiming to impress with a cocktail menu full of Indian flair, food inspired by the Indian state, West Bengal and vintage-inspired room designed by local artist Maya Gohill, her first major design project.
Slated to open the first week of July.
Introducing the Donna Mac fam! Justin “Tino” Longpre, Amy Turner, Jesse Willis and Jeff Jamieson. Named after family and inspired by a philosophy of humility and resourcefulness, Donna Mac will embrace food and wine that is both memorable yet approachable. Ever-changing will be the only constant in our offerings as our goal is to share with you what we love about restaurants. This is new neighbourhood cuisine. #comingsoon #yyc #yycfood
Dubbing the concept “New-Neighbourhood Dining”, co-owners Jesse Willis, Jeff Jamieson (Vine Arts, Proof) and Amy Turner (former general manager of Anju) are getting geared up to open their approachable new concept, which is named after Turner’s grandmother, later this summer. We first mentioned this restaurant rumour back in January, so it’s exciting to see it finally close to fruition.
Given Willis and Jamieson’s previous endeavours, it’s no surprise that the restaurant will offer a well-curated wine and beer lists, as well as custom cocktails. Chef Justin Longpre will work with local ingredients as well as run an in-house baking and butchery program. The design is being done by Sarah Ward Interiors, so expect a stunning space to help highlight all of the above.
Slated to open in early August.
A west coast fast-casual favourite for many years, Meat and Bread is just a short time away from opening its first Calgary location on the corner of 9th Avenue and 1st Street S.W. The chain started out in Vancouver in late 2010 and has seen significant expansion since then, opening locations in cities like Victoria and Seattle. Having said that, it struggled to find success in both of those markets, closing in Victoria after two years and one Seattle location after a year and a half.
Will Calgary come flocking to it like Vancouverites still love to do? Since our city still lacks accessible and locally minded sandwich shops, I’d say yes.
Slated to open this week.
Next door to Ten Foot Henry, this new contemporary Chinese-themed concept (also from local restaurateur Cody Willis) is aiming to be a casual, family-style restaurant and bar featuring quality takes on Chinese classics with an interesting bar program in a cool atmosphere. Chef Scott Beaton formerly of Anju and, more recently, Native Tongues is in charge of developing the menu here. If you’ve ever been to Bao Bei or the award-winning Dailo in Toronto or Edmonton’s Baijiu, then consider this to be in a similar realm.
Slated to open in mid-August.