Brightwood Brewery are hoping to get up and running as quick as possible with a small brew system and then convert the area on the harbour side of the Alderney Landing stage into an outdoor tap room.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the complex Wooden Monkey has already opened their beer garden for the season.

The signs are finally up and Doraku is opening at 44 Ochterloney next month, they are describing themselves as “retro Japanese restaurant” and it’s great to see the return of the maneki-neko sign that hung on Dresden Row for many years.

I had heard that the old Stayners was coming down, but nope, a new tenant is moving in; Los Toros, Spanish inspired. No set date but the same owner also owns Snappy Tomato and Orso Pub

Another downsizing chain means another mas retail loss locally. Danish brand Jack & Jones parent Bestseller is under creditor protection which means downsizing, and they have started liquidating stock at their Dartmouth store

Halifax ReTales Closed

Well after 40+ years and ton of dancing and darts The Newfoundland Club in Burniside has decided it’s time to retire and close its doors.

Salena’s Pizza on Cole Harbour Rd has closed and new owners have opened La Familia Pizza

Jamaica Vibes is back this time as more of takeout model “Jamaica Vibes Express” on Cornwallis St

For decades, some version of Chinatown sat on the edge of Bedford Basin in Birch Cove, but last year it moved to a newly built restaurant at 213 Bedford Hwy.

The future of the property is a redevelopment of some sort. That’s still years away so there’s a gap, and that’s where Mike Yould comes in.

Yould, who you may have seen at events over the last few years with his Kansas Citystyle mobile barbecue business, Asado Wood Fired Grill, is opening Birch & Anchor.

It’s a beer garden, restaurant and private events rental space. Yould says the reaction has been good.

“We are very appreciative to have received such endless positivity from the local community.” The interior of the building has been spruced up, and picnic tables and a firepit area have been set up on the waterfront. The menu will, of course, have brisket sandwiches, ribs and chicken but will also be expanding to add seafood dishes, charcuterie boards, salads, pizzas and more.

The taps will be filled out with beverages from locals like Garrison, Propeller, Nova Scotia Spirit Co. and a selection of cocktails.

“We have made an effort to partner with local suppliers in some fashion to allow us to showcase the best of the best Nova Scotia has to offer,” Yould says.

The interior will be open year round, and they are taking bookings for 2021and 2022. The beer garden will remain open until November.

“This space has been iconic for many, many years and it has been my pleasure to bring it back to life,” says Yould.

“Stay tuned for our official opening date.”

He hints they are aiming for Canada Day, if all goes well.