City of Edmonton To Consider Extension to Patio Program
At present, the City of Edmonton’s relaxing of rules around outdoor patios and sidewalk cafes expires on December 31, 2020. With some restaurant owners pushing for extensions to support the local hospitality industry, the City is exploring an extension to the program.
City spokesman Anthony Toderian said, “We have been hearing from businesses and associations that they would like to continue to operate their temporary patios into the colder months…Administration is investigating options for winter patios but a decision has not been finalized.”
The current guidelines allow for electric and propane heaters and one tent.
- Bodega’s 124 Street location re-opened on September 15, 2020 after a voluntary closure related to a staff testing positive for COVID-19.
- Tokiwa Ramen re-opened to dine-in service in August.
- Love Pizza quietly opened their southwest location at 5011 Mullen Road on Friday to “overwhelming” response. They had to restock over the weekend and will re-open on September 22, 2020.
- It looks like Mood Cafe in Belgravia (7601 115 Street) is gearing up to open on September 25, 2020.
- Old Strathcona’s newest cafe La Bosco Cafe is hosting their grand opening on September 29, 2020. They are located at 10413 79 Avenue.
- Julia’s Cafe is coming soon to the Standard Life building Downtown at 10405 Jasper Avenue.
- Back in the spring, Sneaky Pete’s on Alberta Avenue was rebranded High Note Bar and Grill under new ownership. Find them at 12315 118 Avenue.
- The Greenhouse closed their Downtown location and will focus their operations on their University of Alberta branch.
- The Westin has been offering “experiential date nights” in the form of a 3-course dinner, chocolate tasting presentation with Colleen Heidecker of Colleen’s Chocolates, and a one night accommodation. The next date is October 3, 2020; tickets are $303.
- The folks behind Little Brick have started YEG Coffee Club. Subscribers will be sent locally-roasted coffee monthly, starting at $25 per month.
- Congratulations to Tamara Vineberg and Stacey Leavitt-Wright for a successful Montreal bagel fundraiser that brought more than 5,800 Fairmount bagels to Edmonton last week. They may be doing it again – message Tamara in case you’re interested.
- The Vegas Golden Knights donated pizza for clients of the Boyle Street Community Services during their time in Edmonton. This inspired another campaign started by a Golden Knights fan who secured donations to purchase an additional 597 pizzas that will keep these pizza parties going for six additional months.
- The 2020-21 Guide to Downtown Edmonton, published by the Downtown Business Association, is now available.
- Congratulations to the local breweries who placed in this year’s Canadian Brewing Awards, including Town Square Brewing, Sea Change Brewing, and Bent Stick Brewing.
- Jason Foster shares why Trial and Ale is a new kind of brewery in Edmonton.
- The latest episode of That’s Food discusses fruit that can be grown in our cold climate.
- The community food hamper in Oliver started by Quinn Wade and the Lovegoods is so popular 15 additional boxes are being made.
- The Alberta Premium Cask Strength Rye by Alberta Distillers took top honours in this year’s Whisky Bible as the “World Whisky of the Year”.
- An agri-food industrial park is being planned for Vegreville, to be completed by 2022.
Urban Agriculture and Farming
- Shirley Ross, co-founder of the University of Alberta’s Green and Gold Community Garden passed away on September 3, 2020.
- Producers, including those from Reclaim Organics, share their experiences of farming during the pandemic.
What I Ate
- We hit up Rosewood Foods for another Friday night picnic. Mack, Emily, and I shared their katsu chicken sandwich and patty melt – so delicious.
Patty melt from Rosewood Foods