What’s open­ing and what’s clos­ing

Reimag­in­ing spa­ces and menus makes for a busy res­tau­rant scene in Cal­gary

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Weekend Life - Satur­day, Au­gust 25, 2012 Break­ing news at calgaryher­ald.com

lay­ered with roasted egg­plant, mas­car­pone and fig jam. It’s a cre­ative menu that also in­cludes a big Monki burger, house-smoked salmon and co­conut gra­nola laden with fresh fruit and or­ganic yo­gurt. And a bonus: both the Monki break­fast and lunch menus are avail­able all the time.

So, al­though Gnoc­chi’s is gone, its spirit lives on in Monki. And with their ex­pe­ri­ence of many late nights at Gnoc­chi’s be­hind them, the broth­ers have opted for a res­tau­rant that is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tues­day through Satur­day.

Speak­ing of Pe­tite, the new lo­ca­tion on the cor­ner of 4th Street and 17th Av­enue S.W. has now closed for ren­o­va­tions.

Pe­tite didn’t sur­vive the trans­fer from its for­mer 20-odd seat lo­ca­tion to the larger space. Fans of the tiny Pe­tite found that al­though the food and ser­vice were still good, the new room was too im­per­sonal and loud. The own­ers have lis­tened to the con­cerns and are in the process of recon­cep­tu­al­iz­ing the space. They hope to re­open some­time in Septem­ber.

There have been a cou­ple of other re­cent clo­sures in the res­tau­rant scene, too. The lovely Vue Cafe in the Vir­ginia Christo­pher Gallery has closed, along with the gallery it­self. Af­ter a long a lively ca­reer in the art busi­ness, Christo­pher has de­cided it’s time to re­tire so she closed the gallery at the end of July. Look for a Mex­i­can res­tau­rant to open there this fall.

And in Can­more, The Rail­way Deli has shut as Roland and Harry Griesser, the broth­ers who owned it, have moved on to other projects.

If you like the combo of beer and pizza you might en­joy a visit to Pizza Brew at 1314 44th Ave. N.W. (403-735-5004). At­tached to the new Min­has Mi­cro Brew­ery, Pizza Brew pro­vides a menu of piz­zas and ap­pe­tiz­ers such as onion rings and Cae­sar sal­ads along with 16 beers on tap and more in the can — from the var­i­ous Min­has brew­eries, of course. There’s a dessert pizza too, topped with blue­ber­ries, peaches and peach schnapps-in­fused cream cheese.

The brother-sis­ter team of Ravin­der and Man­jit Min­has continue to grow their small bev­er­age em­pire with the open­ing of the mi­cro brew­ery and the pizza cafe. They al­ready own Min­has Craft Brew­ery and Min­has Mi­cro Dis­tillery in Wis­con­sin and now have a home for their lo­cal beers, in­clud­ing Mys­ti­cal Jack Tra­di­tional Ale, Thumper IPA and the pop­u­lar Moun­tain Crest brews.

In the light in­dus­trial area of McCall, Pizza Brew of­fers a lunch and af­ter-work al­ter­na­tive to the work­ers in the area and an in­ter­est­ing des­ti­na­tion for those who’d like to tour the brew­ery and have a bite. (The tour, in­clud­ing four bot­tles of beer, a bot­tle of root beer, and a Min­has-branded beer glass to take home plus on­site sam­ples, is avail­able for $10. Check out Min­hasBrew­ery.com for tour info.)

For those just in­ter­ested in a pizza, there’s lots of that too. And if you or­der a beer to go along with your pie, you get to take the glass home with you. (That’s smart mar­ket­ing.)

Grant Black/cal­gary Her­ald

Eggs Bene­dict fea­tures on Monki Break­fast Club & Bistro’s menu, which has a slight Mediter­ranean tone.

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