Pür & Simple were planning to open a location in the Larry Uteck area by now but got sidelined by 2020, and that is no longer happening. Instead, 2021 will see new locations of Pür & Simple in Dartmouth Crossing beside Wheaton’s and “Bayers Lake” in the strip mall at 325 Washmill Lake Dr on the other side of the overpass behind the cinema.

On Granville Street in the pedestrian Mall of Duke Street, a new takeout called Noodle Waroom, offering street food like kushiage (deep-fried meat and vegetable skewers), other hand foods and wonton soup is planning to open this week.

Korean restaurant Let’s Ko will be opening a new location in Bedford Commons at 30 Damascus Rd. They previously had a location on Bedford Highway, which they closed earlier this year.

A Malaysian eatery called Mala Lok Lok is beginning to get set up in the lower level of Spring Garden Place.

A new cheesemaker, Dairy Sweet Moon, is coming to 3555 Robie St. producing “fresh, white Syrian-style cheese from high quality, pasteurized, locally produced cow’s milk.” on their Facebook page they have already revealed they will have labneh and Akkawi cheese.

Underground Snax who specializes in imported and retro junk food, is setting up a shop inside of ProSkates on Quinpool Rd. They have already been selling some of their goods at other places like Now We’re Cooking, Maryjanes and East Coast Kicks.  They also recently opened a retail shop in St. John’s NL.

Women’s clothing store Ivory Sheep has opened on the Lower Water Street side of Bishops landing. Offering contemporary fashions.
Smyrna Restaurant (Mediterranean) has opened at 1569 Dresden Row in Halifax. It is from the family that recently closed Yes Chef in Bedford Commons.

While many perennial seasonal pop-ups like Just Cozy, Calendar Club and Hickory Farms have set up in various malls around town, local Candy shop Freak Lunchbox has set up a holiday store in Halifax Shopping Centre this year.

Canadian pet chain PetValu recently had a grand opening of a new store in Tantallon at 5126 St. Margarets Bay Rd. and next week, another in Spryfield next week on Dentith Rd. PetValu is also in the process of closing its American division.

Halifax ReTales Closed

The Dartmouth location of Vicki’s Seafood on Boland Road has closed. You can still find them at their locations in Granville Ferry and Coldbrook.

Tim Hortons has permanently closed their location at 1525 Bedford Hwy. (beside The Chickenburger)

Jeff Supple and Rochelle Tucker opened Rudy and Olive’s Fish and Chips in Bedford last week.

Supple worked for Pete’s Frootique in 2015, running its To Go locations on Hollis Street in Halifax and in the Dalhousie Student Union Building when Pete’s sold its grocery stores to Sobeys. Supple then became the owner of what became To Go Fast Fresh Food locations.

With the Dalhousie University location closed until at least next September and Hollis Street seeing significantly less foot traffic and catering business due to the shift to working from home, Supple says, he knew he needed to adapt.

“During the pandemic, I was down and out due to my business and separation with my wife. My friend, Rochelle, and I started to talk about opening a fish and chip takeout.

“After we agreed, we were sitting there with our two dogs, Rudy (Tucker) and Olive (Supple), and decided on the spot that’s our name.

“The dogs helped us both through the pandemic as support so it’s meaningful to both of us.”

The menu, of course, features fish and chips, but Tucker has put her Newfoundland roots on display with a Loggers Lunch that consists of toutons, fried bologna and baked beans. And, yes, there is dressing and gravy for the fries.

The menu is rounded out with items like burgers, hot dogs, calamari and chowder.

“We make homemade coleslaw and tartar sauce every day,” Supple says, to go with the fresh fish and home-cut fries.

Rudy and Olive’s is open daily at 763 Bedford Hwy., at the former motel site, that was converted into commercial units.

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