Chas­ing the Ace

The Coast - - SHOPTALK -

“It was al­ways meant to be burg­ers and beer,” says Ace Burger Co.’ s Leo Chris­takos. “Re­ally what we wanted to do was some­thing sim­ple and re­ally dif­fer­ent from what we were do­ing at Brook­lyn Ware­house. And it all worked.” It’s true. Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 27 will be the last day you can get an Ace burger on the Hal­i­fax side of the bridge. Af­ter five years of flip­ping pat­ties for the masses from north end wa­ter­ing hole Gus’ Pub (2605 Agri­cola Street), the pop­u­lar restau­rant will call Bat­tery Park Beer­bar & Eatery (62 Ocher­loney Street) its flag­ship lo­ca­tion and home base. “It does come down to just set­ting pri­or­i­ties over the last lit­tle bit of time, and re­al­iz­ing there’s just only so much you can do,” says Chris­takos of the rea­son­ing for re-fo­cus­ing Ace’s ef­forts in Dart­mouth.“The orig­i­nal idea for Bat­tery Park with Peter Bur­bridge, the owner of North Brew­ing, his idea when he pitched it was Ace Burger and North to­gether over in Dart­mouth—which made sense, but we took it in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion. We’re pulling it back to what the orig­i­nal idea was,” says Chris­takos, adding that the clo­sure of the Agri­cola’s Ace will make way for a menu shift over at Bat­tery Park, where chef An­drew Prince leads the kitchen. “We’ll be mov­ing it fur­ther to­wards an Ace diner con­cept—al­most what we were do­ing over at Bearly’s—so there will be a din­ner menu, but it’ll fea­ture more of an Ace-qual­ity than a finer din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” says Chris­takos. “It just goes hand-in­hand with the whole beer bar con­cept, too.”

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