It was originally going to be a Sushi Nami, but instead a location of Noodle Nami has opened at 6450 Quinpool.

Wok Your Way, which seems to be leaning to Thai dishes has opened at Penhorn in Dartmouth beside Pur And Simple in the former Sears

Saints Ice Cream is now open inside Apt 3 Coffee on Sackville Drive. They are offering over the top ice cream creations at their summer pop-up.

Grill Way is now open on Bedford highway in the converted motel with both prepared Syrian food and it’s also a butcher.

The Larry Uteck location of local Lebanese chain Mezza opened this week.

The Starbucks in the Joe Howe SuperStore is now open

Doraku is now open at 44 Ochterloney in Downtown Dartmouth.

Scholar’s Choice is closing the majority of their stores nationwide including Burnside. They are only keeping three stores open which will now also act as regional distribution centres for online and catalogue sales. Atlantic Canada will be fulfilled via Moncton.

Halifax ReTales Closed

The East Side Marios on Prince Street in Downtown Halifax won’t be returning.

David’s Tea has sought creditor protection, and plan to focus on online sales. It sounds like 82 of the 222 will be closing.  However, no known loses locally yet. Ahead of this announcement though they did offcially close their location on Spring Garden Road.

“Taverns have had a strange history of succeeding when coming out of recession,” says Matt Boyle, who is opening wine and cocktail bar Dear Friend this week with partner Jeffrey Van Horne.

The two mixologists have already been operating cocktail catering company The Clever Barkeep, and they needed a place to house their business.

“Also (to) showcase what we do well: wine, cocktails and hospitality” says Boyle, who has leased a space at 67 Portland St. in downtown Dartmouth.

The Clever Barkeep will continue to cater events, consult on projects and run its annual cocktail festival Drink Atlantic. Dear Friend, however, gives them a home, one with a focus, “which is celebrating friendship, community with great wine and cocktails.”

Dear Friend will have wine and carefully crafted cocktails, as well as other beverages and a small plates selection to snack on while you have drinks.

I asked Boyle about opening a bar at this challenging time. “People are craving a safe place to enjoy a beverage and connect again (even from a distance) with their community,” he said. “We think there is a difference between trying to open and reopen. Not sure which one is easier, but we’re optimistic about opening now. There is definitely a risk with the threat of a second wave, and we’re cognizant of that, but we’re not strangers to taking a risk in the business world. It’s basically now a practise of daily assessments and being very careful to make sure our staff and patrons are safe above all else.” Boyle is also ready to sing the praises of Dartmouth.

“There is no other city where we could imagine starting our first bar,” he says of the place where he and Van Horne grew up. “We are super proud to call ourselves Dartmouthians and want to add something special to the city.

They opened on Thursday.

A shout out to World Tea House who opened their Argyle Street shop 10 years ago this week.

Novalea Farmers’ Market opened this weekend. The new small outdoor market will be setup Saturday’s through October by the Lawtons on Novalea at Duffus.