70 new places to eat and drink opened in Calgary last year – it was an amazing year for foodies, lovers of wine, beer, cocktails, tea and coffee – you could have tried somewhere new every week and still not have visited them all. And there’s more to come; we know of many new openings coming soon. But sadly we lost quite a few good ones in 2017.
Restaurants Canada survey results show that Canada’s restaurant industry generates $80 billion in annual sales, which equals 4% of Canada’s economic activity. The restaurant industry directly employs more than 1.2 million people, or 6.9% of Canada’s workforce – making it the country’s fourth largest employer.
More research from Restaurants Canada shows that restaurants provide more first jobs than any other industry – 22 per cent of Canadians got their career start in a restaurant or foodservice business, and they employ 520,000 young people under the age of 25 – that’s one in five youth jobs.
Going out to a restaurant was still the #1 preferred activity in 2017 for spending time with family and friends, but with so many choices of new foods and new locations to try, let’s not forget the establishments that have been with us for at least 20 years.
The reason these restaurants are still with us is because they offer consistently good food and service, earning many loyal customers.
Let’s support our local Calgary businesses that in turn support our communities.
Dates are as accurate as possible. These lists of restaurants is not exclusive, we apologise for any we have missed out. Photographs courtesy the restaurants named.