Food Notes for September 9, 2019

Hardware Grill Announces Closure

Hardware Grill, one of the stalwarts of Edmonton’s fine dining scene, announced its closure on Saturday.

The following message, signed by owners Larry and Melinda Stewart, is up on its website:

“Dear Customers & Friends,

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we inform you that Hardware Grill is permanently closed for business. We apologize for the impact this will have on our employees, customers and community. Our employees were hardworking and dedicated and we are grateful for their service. Thank you to each and every customer who we had the chance to serve and entertain. Edmonton, we thank you for the support this community has given us for the last 20+ years.”

Hardware Grill opened in 1996. The Stewarts also opened Tavern 1903 in 2013; it was well received but short-lived, closing before the end of 2014, due to a dispute with the landlord.


  • OEB’s second Edmonton location at 10240 124 Street has pushed their opening date to September 11, 2019.
  • The Alley, a bubble tea chain that boasts handcrafted tapioca, will be opening their first Edmonton location on September 19, 2019 at 6183 Currents Drive. They will be offering 10% off beverages on September 19-20, 2019.


  • The Sbarro Pizza, Vera’s Burger Shack, and Pinkberry locations inside the Grand Villa Casino at Rogers Place are now closed.

Upcoming Events

  • Sorrentino’s is offering its 25th annual Mushroom Harvest, with special menus, cooking classes, and dinners that celebrate all things fungi.
  • The next Food4Good discount Fruit & Veggie Sale will take place on September 24, 2019 at the Glendood Community League.
  • In line with the Downton Abbey movie, the Hotel Macdonald have planned some special afternoon teas on September 21 and 22, 2019, priced at $55 per person.


Local News

  • Chef Shane Chartrand’s episode of Iron Chef Canada aired on September 4, 2019; he spoke about his experience with The Journal. It was a close battle, but Iron Chef Lynn Crawford eked out a win. The full episode is now online.
  • Last week, The Journal published their first Food Notes curated by Tom Murray (who has taken on this role since Liane Faulder stepped away from the food beat).
  • Alberta Health Services has issued a public advisory for diners who ate at London Local on certain dates in August due to possible exposure to Hepatitis A.
  • Where Edmonton is collecting submissions for their People’s Choice Award for Best New Restaurant (covering restaurants that opened between November 2018 and October 2019). Entries will be accepted until November 15, 2019.
  • Congratulations to Pampa, who has expanded to a fifth location in Red Deer! They also have three restaurants in Edmonton and one in Calgary.
  • Inabuggy is a new grocery delivery service now operating in Edmonton, partnering with Costco, Safeway, Wal-Mart, and M&M Meat Shop. The delivery cost is $19.99 for picking, packing, and delivery from one store.

Urban Agriculture and Farming

  • CBC featured Gruger Family Fungi.
  • Northlands has launched two 4-H clubs in Edmonton this fall for youth aged 6-20 with an interest in gardening, beekeeping, cooking, archery, photography, scrapbooking, woodburning, or electronics.

What I Ate

  • Mack, Emily, and I spent the weekend in Rocky Mountain House. We usually try to rent places with kitchens for ease of meal times with Emily, and took along some frozen food for convenience. It was a good excuse to finally try the resurrected Culina TV Dinners, available at Culina To Go. There wasn’t much selection the day we went, so we ended up with the roast chicken and dill-feta mashed potatoes ($16). The chicken was so moist and flavourful (I loved the pan juices), and I’d never thought to enhance mashed potatoes with dill and feta but I am definitely doing so in the future.

Culina TV Dinner

Roast chicken and mashed potato Culina TV Dinner

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