Good­night and Good Luck

Cafe Good Luck strikes gold on Port­land Street this sum­mer.

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From the en­trepreneurs who brought you Man­ual Food and Drink Co.’ s dough­nuts and the Dairy Bar’s frozen de­lights comes Dart­mouth’s new­est heart­throb, Cafe Good Luck, a 1,000 square foot “culi­nary-pow­ered cafe” open­ing early this sum­mer at 145 Port­land Street.

“I think what I love as a diner is when I go into a place with a lot of char­ac­ter and reg­u­lar cus­tomers and it caters to the needs of the neigh­bour­hood. When we’re think­ing about where we want to be, the first thing we need to do is think about what sells and what’s miss­ing,” says Emma Adamski who’ll open the spot that’s jok­ingly dubbed it­self a “hang­over palace” with her hus­band/busi­ness part­ner Sonny Adamski and Gra­ham Read. In the same vein as ca­sual Amer­i­can din­ers, Good Luck will serve all-day brunch and a se­lec­tion of fresh-baked pas­tries and low-key beer and wine (“like, ta­ble wine and lagers”) and bar snacks at night. Of course, there’ll be some soft serve and cof­fee will be taken very se­ri­ously, with home­made syrups and ton­ics el­e­vat­ing it to a more “culi­nary in­spired” hot bev­er­age, and be­fore you pack up your lap­top and start run­ning—there won’t be wifi. Fear not, the Dairy Bar will be back for its third sum­mer of ser­vice, with the cafe be­ing its moth­er­ship for prep.

“Dart­mouth is hav­ing a bit of a mo­ment with new busi­nesses open­ing on Port­land Street—there’s just so many new res­i­den­tial things hap­pen­ing and niche busi­nesses—and most are fam­ily-owned and small. It feels to me like the ideal spot to be,” says Adamski, who set­tled on the spot on the ever-grow­ing strip af­ter three years of search­ing. Her aim is to of­fer up food and drinks that are ap­proach­able and to cre­ate a space that’s a neigh­bour­hood hang­out, ac­ces­si­ble enough for folks to fre­quent. “What I want in my own com­mu­nity is a lo­cal wa­ter­ing hole that you can drop in to and have a snack that’s af­ford­able and ca­sual,” says Adamski. “It’s not about us show­ing how good we are at do­ing the things we love, it’s about pro­vid­ing some­thing we think is miss­ing.”


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