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Wherein Dana Cooper discusses foodatoriums, hostelry, and domesticated animals.

WHO COOKS IN THE SUMMER?
Hey there friends and neighbours, how’s it going? You’re looking good. Getting enough Vitamin D? Hope so. What about exercise? Are you eating well? Listen, if you can’t be bothered cooking on a nice day, the downtown core has got you covered. Besides the many, many fine spots that we all know and love, five new foodatoriums either opened recently or are opening soon.

1.) Portobello’s restaurant is set to occupy the former Oscar’s location on Duckworth (across from Food For Thought). No word yet on whether they’ll be maintaining the Oscar’s all-hours hours, so when 5am rolls around and you get a drunken craving for the full English, you’ll have to keep trekking west to the K Café, or the Celtic Hearth.

2.) Café Mocha has just opened on the Duckworth Street side of the TD building, in the former Treats location. Bound to be a favorite destination when dodging out of the office for justasec, I reckon they’ll have lunchtime and coffee break all sewed up.

3/4/5.) C’mon, you knew it was only a matter of time before Starbucks hit Water Street. Along with Mr. Sub and Totally Greek, the mighty ‘Bucks will be opening in the Atlantic Place market just as soon as the contractors can get the renovations finished (they estimate within 30 days).

FILLING THE GAPS
D’you ever wonder where we might squeeze in one more hotel, restaurant and bar? Well, wonder no more. On Tuesday, May 15th, City Council approved a plan to build a four-storey, 12-room hotel and 42-seat restaurant and bar at 329-331 Duckworth Street. That’s the area between Duckworth, Henry and Bell Streets, currently the site of several parking lots and until recently, the site of three vacant (and, it must be said, decrepit) houses on Henry Street. Less than a week later, the houses are torn down and the land is clear, so it looks like they’re going to make quick work of the project. I’d be eager to get going, too, seeing as it took three years to get the approval from the city. Good on ya, Andy and Co, for taking the time to fully examine the impact. There was a worry that the development would reduce the number of public parking spots in the area, but they’ve come up with a solution to provide more spots than there are now. Huzzah!
PET EXPOSURE
Did someone say ‘pet tradeshow’? Indeed! Billed as the most exciting
pet event to be held in St. John’s this year, the NL Pet Expo will take place June 2nd and 3rd at the St. John’s Curling Club. It’s a weekend-long family event, showcasing all sorts of pets and pet businesses. There will also be demonstrations by pet professionals and animal groups, and “Second Chance Pet Adoptions” for animals from shelters. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for children, and youngsters under 5 are free. The first 300 visitors will get a free “doggy bag” full of exciting pet gifties, so get there early.

That’s it for me this fortnight. If you’re up early on Saturday, June 2, maybe I’ll see you at the Pet Expo. I’ll be the one trying hard not to get a pet, and most likely failing. If not—well, I don’t know if I can be bothered cooking this week. No worries, I’m sure there’s somewhere nice where I could pop in for a toasted sandwich…

Dana Cooper , Your Girl Friday

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  1. Sean Murray · August 19, 2013

    This is a correction for Dana Cooper, who’s article printed the following:

    “On Tuesday, May 15th, City Council approved a plan to build a four-storey, 12-room hotel and 42-seat restaurant and bar at 329-331 Duckworth Street. That’s the area between Duckworth, Henry and Bell Streets, currently the site of several parking lots and until recently, the site of three vacant (and, it must be said, decrepit) houses on Henry Street.”

    Dana, if you look at the street numbers, you’ll see that 329 to 331 Duckworth St. is actually a building on the other side of the street, right at the top of the Duke of Duckworth steps. It’s not the Duke of D. building, it’s the one on the other side of the steps, which has been vacant for some time. The proposal from a few years ago to build a new hotel on the Bell St. site is still dormant, and may have been abandoned. The Bell St. side of Duckworth is the even-numbered side of the street. The order to tear down the houses on Henry Street is in relation to the alleged failure of the property owners to maintain the houses, and also allegations of squatters who were supposed to be annoying some neighbours across the street on Henry street. The demolition is unrelated to the actual development, which is in fact a renovation of an existing building at 329-331 Duckworth.

    BTW, I’m glad you’re doing this column, and you do a good job 99% of the time, but I guess you just need to double check sometimes before going to print.

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