Kofuku Japanese/Thai opening at 2752 Robie, which is the former home of Marys Place.

Dominos is returning to eastern Dartmouth early next year with a new location on Tacoma Drive.

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On Vernon Street, about halfway between Quinpool and Jubilee roads is Munchies part regular convenience store part imported (Asian) snacks and drinks like Kit Kats, Oreos and Faygo.

This one is embarrassing for me, but it seems there is a cake bakery called Sugar Bakery that opened on Artillery Place just off Dresden Row last December.

Park Lane update; Shoe store Comfort Zone is gone, Body Shop closes at the end of the month. Splurge and East of Montreal have moved in from the former Mills Building. In the basement, A&W is gone being replaced by A Passage of India and this also opening where the cell accessory place was
A few people over the last 6 months have asked about Pilcher’s Flowers. I always indicated they were just renovating and would be back. Well, they are back.

Dave Woodley and John House opened their restaurant, Black Sheep, on Dresden Row in Halifax on Dec. 21, 2015.

Five years later, they embark on a move.

“We feel that we’ve outgrown our space on Dresden,” House said.

“We’re often lined up, and our space doesn’t lend itself well to COVID restrictions. The significant rent increase was the catalyst for us to explore other options.” The new option is the recently vacated Red Stag spot in the Brewery Market on Lower Water Street. “Killam (Properties) is really putting in an effort to turn the Brewery Market into something special,” said House.

“Many cities that I’ve visited have mixed-use markets that are frequented by tourists and locals seven days a week. I think the Brewery Market has that same potential for Halifax.” To help facilitate the transition, the operators have gone the crowdfunding route, creating a campaign on Kickstarter.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/blacksheephalifax/black-sheep-restaurant-in-halifax-is-moving

“We thought it was a good idea to get some upfront capital for our project, but we have tried to structure it in a way that gives our customers a pretty great benefit for supporting us now. We don’t expect charity, especially given the current economic climate.”

Customers go to the site and pre-purchase merchandise or food, which can range from a mask up to an hors d’oeuvres party for 40, with plenty of options in-between.

“Honestly, it’s going to make all the difference getting the new space ready for opening,” House said.

So far, they have raised more than $5,000 (now $10k+) of their $32,700 goal. “We made a plan, but as we started working through some of the details on site, there were many things that had to go on our wish list that we didn’t budget for initially.”

House said the experience gained from the last five years will shape the new space.

“Coming from a culinary background, Dave and I knew how to make good food, but everything else was a pretty steep learning curve. I think that in five years, the most important thing we’ve accomplished is curating a good crew of people who really believe in our brand and care about what we’re doing. Ultimately, they are the face of our business.”

Black Sheep isn’t the only new operation on the Brewery Market block. The Old Apothecary moved from Barrington Street last year and launched evening service paired with alcoholic beverages. The Brown Hound opened a second location in the neighbouring Benjamin Wier House on Hollis Street. At the same time, Hermitage, from the folks behind Julep and Unchained Kitchen, opened in the Alexander’s base.

Da Maurizio remains in the Brewery Market, and neighbours Cut, and Shuck are still options for this block’s potential for a great evening out.

“It’s been a high priority to maintain and involve our team throughout this transition,” House said. “Dec. 20 (today) will be our last day of regular takeout (on Dresden Row), so get it in while you can.”

They also will have Christmas take and bake for pickups on Dec. 23. Black Sheep will be working as quickly as possible to get open in its new home early in 2021.

Still ongoing is the ReTales Staff Xmas Party.

Lamb Burger from Woodside Tavern

Veggie Roll (egg, pickled radish cucumber) from Chen Papa in Seaport Market Been eating these for 20 years

Rockys Filipino BBQ on Blowers St

Porchetta Sandwich from Maria’s Pantry in Dartmouth Only available Fridays at lunch

Garlic Fingers from Pizza Tonight in Woodside, my fave beer from North Brewing

Half Chicken dinner from CHKN Chop and a Moscow Mule from Propeller

Stack O Pancakes Imperial Stout from North Brewing and a Donair and Mad Salad from Randy’s The Mad salad is Cesar Salad with donair meat

fresh from the oven with cream cheese from Montreal Bagel Style on Wyse

Egg Nog Latte and Sausage Breakfast Sandwich from Port City in Alderney Landing

Dumplings from El Chino Snack Bar/Robie Street Station and a Mocha Nitro from Propeller

Dak Gang Jung and a side of Gimmari from Backoos