Alforno Bakery & Cafe
The newest member of the Teatro Group family, Alforno doubles as an Italian bakery and an upscale casual restaurant. Their Eau Claire location will have seating for around 50 people, and was designed by RAD Architecture and Interiors. There will be a brunch, lunch and dinner menu, as well as take out options. Fresh bread and pastries will be made in-house.
222 7 St. S.W., alforno.ca, @alfornobakery
Cluck ‘n’ Cleaver
Get ready, chicken lovers – a new fried chicken takeout eatery called Cluck ‘n’ Cleaver wil soon be opening in Calgary. Chef Nicole Gomes of Nicole Gourmet and Top Chef Canada fame and her sister Francine are behind the new venture, which will serve Southern fried Chicken and French-style rotisserie chicken as well as a few side dishes. The interior of the 850-square-foot building was designed by Sarah Ward Interiors.
1511 14 St. S.W., 403-266-2067, cluckncleaver.com, @cluckncleaver
The next time you’re hopping on an international flight, you’ll be able to pick up a box of chocolates from Cococo Chocolatiers. The Calgary-based company will be opening its second location at the Calgary International Airport in the new International Terminal. Unlike its other locations, this one will have a floor-to-ceiling glass wall design, but will have the same delicious chocolates and treats that it’s known for.
Calgary International Airport, 2000 Airport Rd.N.E., cococochocolatiers.com, @chocberncal
Craft Beer Market
This summer, Craft Beer Market will be opening its second Calgary location at Southcentre Mall. The restaurant will be located between Crate & Barrel and Restoration Hardware, making it an accessible pit stop during a shopping trip. Like the other Calgary location, Craft will feature more than 100 beers on tap and a great casual dining menu.
Southcentre Mall, 100 Anderson Road S.E., craftbeermarket.ca, @craftbeermarket
Mill Street Brewery
The Costigan house, which was once the home of Republik Nightclub, will be converted into a Mill Street Brewery restaurant scheduled to open this spring. The house was purchased by Creative Restaurants Group, who brought us local favourites like Bonterra Trattoria and Posto in the past. Once renovations are complete, the house will have a brewery, a beer hall and a more formal seating area. A brew master’s studio will be installed upstairs.
219 17 Ave. S.W., millstreetbrewery.com, @millstreetbrew
Owner and chef Darren MacLean is behind Shokunin, a new modern Japanese restaurant set to open in Mission in January. While many Japanese restaurants focus on sushi, Shokunin’s food menu will feature yakitori (skewered meats grilled over Japanese charcoal) and Japanese small plates. Items on the drink menu include Japanese sake and whiskey, cocktails and a rice beer brewed for the restaurant by Big Rock Brewery. The space is 1,700 square feet and seats around 50 people. In the spring, it will also be opening a late-night ramen take-out window.
2016 4 St. S.W., shokuninyyc.ca, @shokuninyyc
Trolley Five Restaurant and Brewery
It’s just a big hole in the ground right now, but by mid-year, the space formerly occupied by Melrose Caf and Bar will be turned into Trolley Five Restaurant and Brewery. Along with its own brewery, the multi-story building will feature a restaurant and bar area, a private dining room and an outdoor patio.
728 17 Ave. S.W., trolleyfive.com, @trolleyfive
Village Ice Cream
This spring, Village Ice Cream will open its third location at Garrison Corner in Marda Loop. We don’t have many details, but you can bet it will be full of delicious ice cream and handmade waffle cones.
Vin Room Airport
This popular wine and tapas bar is opening its third location in the new International Terminal at the Calgary International Airport. The space will have room for 75 people, and be designed by Davignon Martin Architecture + Interior Design. This location will also have a business centre and an Enomatic wine serving system to dispense glasses of wine. The new location is set to open in late 2016.
Calgary International Airport, 2000 Airport Rd.N.E., vinroom.com, @vinroom
Wise & Wright
This restaurant is opening along Stephen Avenue this spring. That’s all we know for now, so stay tuned.