Just as the leaves are changing colour and the evenings are getting darker, some vacant downtown storefronts are starting to brighten up. In the former location of the recently departed Pepper Mill is Tavola (178 Water Street), which is serving Italian specialities like handmade pasta, bacalao croquettes, and Italian donuts.
Going west to Bulgaria (or just down Water Street) is Black Sea Restaurant & Bar (193 Water Street, formerly the Fat Duck). For the menu, chef Gregory Bersinski is focusing on the flavours found around the Black Sea—Mediterranean dishes like kebabs, bouillabaisse, and baklava.
Also entering the field of “fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere” is the much-loved Hungry Heart Cafe, now open for dinner. They’ve expanded their hours and menu to include seafood and pasta entrées.
Speaking of expanding, Canadian franchise The Works has now opened its latest location at 36 George Street (formerly MexiCali Rosa’s). Not to be confused with the MUN gym of the same name, the gourmet burger chain is serving up deluxe burgers like the Sk8r Boy (peanut butter, jack cheese, and strip bacon) and the Crappy Tire (pineapple ring, sweet-and-spicy sauce, and brie).