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Draftsman Feb 11, 2022 12:09 AM

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Originally Posted by CCF (Post 9532500)
They're referencing activity that connects with and spills out onto the street. The type of activity that activates streets and helps create vibrant downtowns. Unfortunately none of those internalized activities do so. In fact, they have the opposite effect.

Yes, I know that, but Canada Life owns the building, and they can do whatever they please. Security is vital in the building. SaskPower, SGI, SaskTel ...none of them have commercial rental units on their main floors. You could point to most of the downtown high-rises. There is very little commercial space in any of them, so yes, they do absolutely nothing to contribute to the street life. Perhaps this is an issue the City should have tackled years ago. Having a bank on the main floors hardly enhances the livelihood of the downtown.

CCF Feb 11, 2022 1:49 AM

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Originally Posted by Draftsman (Post 9532656)
Yes, I know that, but Canada Life owns the building, and they can do whatever they please. Security is vital in the building. SaskPower, SGI, SaskTel ...none of them have commercial rental units on their main floors. You could point to most of the downtown high-rises. There is very little commercial space in any of them, so yes, they do absolutely nothing to contribute to the street life. Perhaps this is an issue the City should have tackled years ago. Having a bank on the main floors hardly enhances the livelihood of the downtown.

Yeah, no one said they couldn't do what they please. If you look at the original post they were merely pointing out their wishes for the space and appropriately using the term "activity" as it is typically associated with downtown street life (i.e. not internal meeting rooms).

Most of the high-rises downtown actually do have retail space. Hill Tower 1, 2, 3. FCC 1 + 2. Avoid Tower. Conexus Tower. Grenfell tower.

It has been addressed by the City. That's why all of the newer developments from 2012+ have the type of design + retail space we're talking about.

yveseluj Feb 11, 2022 2:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Draftsman (Post 9532656)
Yes, I know that, but Canada Life owns the building, and they can do whatever they please. Security is vital in the building. SaskPower, SGI, SaskTel...

Not to be pedantic, but SaskTel has mall-facing floor retail in their building; their store + the glasses store. Nothing street-facing, though.

HomeInMyShoes Feb 11, 2022 3:40 PM

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Originally Posted by yveseluj (Post 9533171)
Not to be pedantic, but SaskTel has mall-facing floor retail in their building; their store + the glasses store. Nothing street-facing, though.

Indeed. Street-facing, it might be the worst building in all of downtown. It's actually got a concrete bunker around it. Okay, it's not a bunker, but it is terrible.

There are some reasonable buildings in the core for interaction. Agriculture Place is probably the best of the new ones because it managed to get a coffee shop and an eyeglass place in it. The Grenfell Tower while old has decent commercial space and a covered spot. It's taken a beating from the retail implosion downtown, but the spot is decent and could be a great spot for a restaurant as well. Even the TD Bank has managed to get some CRUs in the bottom on Hamilton Street and when the donair place was there it was inviting and almost lively. There's opportunities in the core, but we need some sort of plan to make it happen and we need to incentivize moving your business to the core instead of out to the suburb commercial zones.

But that kind of attitude is not part of the city's mandate and hasn't been for decades.

yveseluj Feb 11, 2022 5:38 PM

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Originally Posted by HomeInMyShoes (Post 9533260)
Indeed. Street-facing, it might be the worst building in all of downtown. It's actually got a concrete bunker around it. Okay, it's not a bunker, but it is terrible.

It is truly terrible, but it's clear Saskatchewan Drive was never intended to be pedestrian friendly. From Albert Street to Broad street is horrific in terms of sidewalk and storefronts. I'd love to see this changed, but it is the stroadiest of stroads.

HomeInMyShoes Feb 11, 2022 6:02 PM

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Originally Posted by yveseluj (Post 9533506)
It is truly terrible, but it's clear Saskatchewan Drive was never intended to be pedestrian friendly. From Albert Street to Broad street is horrific in terms of sidewalk and storefronts. I'd love to see this changed, but it is the stroadiest of stroads.

Saskatchewan Drive is a victim of the rail line. I don't hold much hope for it. We can make it look nicer and maybe use parts of the North side as a bike route, transit option, but overall it is what it is. I don't think it should be the focus of redevelopment. At this time anyway. Talk to me again when Regina hits 350,000 to 400,000 people and I might think differently.

Stormer Feb 11, 2022 10:57 PM

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Originally Posted by djforsberg (Post 9532037)
Damn, that cafeteria was one of the most underrated places to get lunch in downtown. Sad to see it go.

Agreed. It was subsidized by Canada Life. I don't think the operator paid rent.

Stormer Feb 11, 2022 11:05 PM

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Originally Posted by HomeInMyShoes (Post 9533551)
Saskatchewan Drive is a victim of the rail line. I don't hold much hope for it. We can make it look nicer and maybe use parts of the North side as a bike route, transit option, but overall it is what it is. I don't think it should be the focus of redevelopment. At this time anyway. Talk to me again when Regina hits 350,000 to 400,000 people and I might think differently.


Regina OCP:

3.4.4.1 Pocket Parks North of Saskatchewan Drive
Intent
The City of Regina should ensure that the termini of the north-south streets north of
Saskatchewan Drive are, whenever redevelopment occurs, maintained in public ownership
or easement to protect for the long-term re-connection of these streets to the Warehouse
District. These street end locations would make excellent temporary Pocket Parks, serving
new residential buildings along Saskatchewan Drive. A Pocket Park location along the
Scarth Street axis would also be beneficial, coinciding with this street’s important role and
function in creating future linkages to the north (see section 3.4.5.2).

3.4.4.2 Train Station Park
Intent
A public desire to reinstate the former open space in front of the train station has emerged.
Design possibilities for this park are numerous and may include references to the former
open space at this location. A partnership with Casino Regina will be required. The park
will need to accommodate program needs of the Casino including circulation, drop-off,
parking, among others. The park design should ensure that sight lines to the historic train
station from Rose Street are preserved. This park has the potential to create a great
Gateway to Downtown (see section 3.5.2 and Map 6) at or near the corner
of
Saskatchewan Drive and Broad Street and to serve as destination amenity for local
residents and employees. A new, pedestrian-oriented frontage should be created on Broad
Street, through landscaping and/or built form (Figures 3.9A and 3.9B).
Figure 3.9A and 3.9B
The design of Train Station Park (historically named Stanley Park) should help create a
neighbourhood focus for the Grand Avenues, contribute to the Primary Gateway to Downtown, and
accommodate complex functional needs.

Stormer Feb 11, 2022 11:08 PM

More from the OCP:

Grand Avenues – Albert Street, Saskatchewan Drive, Broad Street

Intent
Albert Street, Saskatchewan Drive, and Broad Street define three of the edges or
thresholds to the Downtown. Currently dominated by fast moving traffic within the right-
of-way, as well as suburban character buildings and parking lots adjacent, it is intended
that these streets transform into grand, tree-lined avenues edged by high quality buildings
(Figure A2.1).
Features of Grand Avenues should include:
a) Broad sidewalks with a double row of street trees on each side of the street. To help
accomplish this, a 5 metre build-to line setback is proposed for new buildings.
b) A palette of paving, lighting, banners, and furnishing that is distinctive to the
Downtown. In a few places, this will include distinctive heritage streetscape treatment.
c) Crosswalks at all intersections, including special crosswalks at the four Primary
Gateways intersections.
d) Permanent on-street parking. This helps buffer pedestrians from traffic and creates
activity.
e) Bump-outs of sidewalks at intersections, creating more substantial pedestrian zones
and shorter road crossings.
f) Bike lanes of 1.75 metres width, slightly wider than the minimum 1.5 metres, due to
these streets’ high vehicular volumes.
g) Bike Boxes at all signalized intersections, which requires no vehicular right turns on
red lights.
h) Where left turn lanes are not required, the sidewalks on each side of the road should
be expanded.

LittleBoy Mar 4, 2022 6:15 PM

Hampton Hub opened earlier this week in the old Hunter Gatherer spot. Looks like a small eatery/coffee shop. Named after Fred Hampton, the famous civil rights activist and Black Panther.

There is still a small space east of the Hampton Hub that is vacant, I believe there is still something in the works there.

Also of note, the townhouse complex on the North side of the block is for sale. Apparently there was to be housing for the less fortunate, but I’m not sure of the status as the property is still listed for sale on Colliers. Obviously housing like this is desperately needed, but in my opinion that block would be better served by new low to mid rise affordable housing, with more retail/restaurants at street level

I personally feel that 15th and the Gen Hospital area has the most potential to become Regina’s Riversdale. Already existing retail/restaurant, existing apartment supply, proximity to the grocery on Broadway, and planned developments on the south side of the neighbour hood. Just need a bit more time and creativity

StealthGirl Mar 5, 2022 12:30 AM

The OCP isn't worth the binder it's kept in. Our current council and the previous one have been chipping away at ruining it. Bresciani is trying to get rid of the density numbers in the OCP. It would be nice if we followed the OCP but I don't have any hope for it.

McBean Mar 5, 2022 7:31 PM

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Originally Posted by StealthGirl (Post 9557427)
The OCP isn't worth the binder it's kept in. Our current council and the previous one have been chipping away at ruining it. Bresciani is trying to get rid of the density numbers in the OCP. It would be nice if we followed the OCP but I don't have any hope for it.

agreed

McBean Mar 20, 2022 5:03 PM

Not sure if Sprout in the Viterra head office building on Vic and Albert Regina was a restaurant or catering company, but they are permanently out of business.

HomerSPC Mar 21, 2022 3:11 PM

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Originally Posted by McBean (Post 9573017)
Not sure if Sprout in the Viterra head office building on Vic and Albert Regina was a restaurant or catering company, but they are permanently out of business.

Both.

Sucks to hear that.

one_brick_at_a_time Mar 21, 2022 4:22 PM

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Originally Posted by HomerSPC (Post 9573805)
Both.

Sucks to hear that.

Still annoys me that they didn’t put a restaurant or retail on the main floor portion off Albert Street when they did the rehabilitation. Notice the non-active waste of street front. Then you could actually see that a restaurant existed in that building. It also would be such a pretty hotel facade.

https://i.ibb.co/wK8gWNC/DAD9790-C-8...24-EA66-C3.jpg

Draftsman Mar 22, 2022 2:10 PM

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Originally Posted by one_brick_at_a_time (Post 9573888)
Still annoys me that they didn’t put a restaurant or retail on the main floor portion off Albert Street when they did the rehabilitation. Notice the non-active waste of street front. Then you could actually see that a restaurant existed in that building. It also would be such a pretty hotel facade.

https://i.ibb.co/wK8gWNC/DAD9790-C-8...24-EA66-C3.jpg

This building was constructed for the Sherwood Department store. I remember there was a branch of the Bank of Montreal at the front corner (Albert & Vic) when it was the head office of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool.

https://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep...u.aspx?id=1294

CCF Mar 22, 2022 6:56 PM

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Originally Posted by HomerSPC (Post 9573805)
Both.

Sucks to hear that.

I'm good friends with the owners. They were just ready for a new chapter. Another restauranteur will definitely take over the space at some point.

pappcam Mar 22, 2022 11:49 PM

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Originally Posted by CCF (Post 9575370)
I'm good friends with the owners. They were just ready for a new chapter. Another restauranteur will definitely take over the space at some point.

Yeah it wasn't some sort of middle of the night shut down and move out thing. My wife went there for one of the final nights a few weeks ago with friends that are connected to the owners somehow and it was a fully planned thing.

McBean Mar 23, 2022 2:37 AM

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Originally Posted by CCF (Post 9575370)
I'm good friends with the owners. They were just ready for a new chapter. Another restauranteur will definitely take over the space at some point.

Ok that's fantastic to hear that it was a totally planned closure then. Much better than closing due to covid lower revenues, etc..

BrutallyDishonest2 Mar 23, 2022 3:56 AM

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Originally Posted by McBean (Post 9575931)
Ok that's fantastic to hear that it was a totally planned closure then. Much better than closing due to covid lower revenues, etc..

I mean, it was definitely because of low sales. It had been for sale for years with no buyer. It was a slow death, but saying they were ready for a new chapter is just being polite.

CCF Mar 24, 2022 4:05 PM

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Originally Posted by BrutallyDishonest2 (Post 9576015)
I mean, it was definitely because of low sales. It had been for sale for years with no buyer. It was a slow death, but saying they were ready for a new chapter is just being polite.

Nah, this isn't it at all.

Stormer Apr 21, 2022 6:10 PM

Canada Life Cafeteria has re-opened with a limited menu to start. Apparently there are only about 40 people working in the tower. Still a good sign of things getting back to normal.

djforsberg Apr 21, 2022 6:57 PM

I noticed today that some CRUs are going up where Tony Romos used to be and one of the confirmed tenants appears to be Wendy’s.

djforsberg Apr 21, 2022 7:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Stormer (Post 9604382)
Canada Life Cafeteria has re-opened with a limited menu to start. Apparently there are only about 40 people working in the tower. Still a good sign of things getting back to normal.

Damn that's low, and I doubt its an exageration. I worked there as a contractor prior to the pandemic and the floor I was on was pretty sparsely populated. At that point they were talking about moving most or all their IT to Winnipeg and I think it's only a matter of time until they completely shut down their offices in Regina. Gotta love those corporate mergers that never seem to benefit workers or make the cost of their products and services go down.

PhotoJim Apr 21, 2022 10:27 PM

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Originally Posted by djforsberg (Post 9604456)
I noticed today that some CRUs are going up where Tony Romos used to be and one of the confirmed tenants appears to be Wendy’s.

Good. I know it's a chain, but as chain fast-food burger restaurants go, Wendy's is among the best.

(I like Five Guys even better, but one has to be in the mood for it.)

Draftsman Apr 21, 2022 10:38 PM

I was just saying to someone a week ago that there is no Wendy's on the south end. Nice to hear there will be soon. It appears that there will also be a similar sized building on the property that is "under offer" and from the site plan, it too has a drive thru. I wonder what that will be?

Has the old Tony Roma's/Consumers Distributing building been demolished, or is Wendy's being built in front of the old TR's? I can't tell.

Link to site plan from ICR...

https://www.icrcommercial.com/wp-con...n-04.13.22.pdf

Draftsman Apr 21, 2022 10:40 PM

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Originally Posted by PhotoJim (Post 9604781)
Good. I know it's a chain, but as chain fast-food burger restaurants go, Wendy's is among the best.

(I like Five Guys even better, but one has to be in the mood for it.)

I agree, Wendy's is better than McD's or BK in my opinion.

djforsberg Apr 22, 2022 3:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Draftsman (Post 9604799)
I was just saying to someone a week ago that there is no Wendy's on the south end. Nice to hear there will be soon. It appears that there will also be a similar sized building on the property that is "under offer" and from the site plan, it too has a drive thru. I wonder what that will be?

Has the old Tony Roma's/Consumers Distributing building been demolished, or is Wendy's being built in front of the old TR's? I can't tell.

Link to site plan from ICR...

https://www.icrcommercial.com/wp-con...n-04.13.22.pdf

That sucker was torn down!

Is there a standalone Starbucks on South Albert? Could be that. (Edit: probably not since there’s one next door in Save-On)

yveseluj Apr 22, 2022 2:10 PM

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Originally Posted by djforsberg (Post 9605023)
That sucker was torn down!

Is there a standalone Starbucks on South Albert? Could be that. (Edit: probably not since there’s one next door in Save-On)

Nearest one is in Harbour Landing. There's one in Indigo, but that's different I guess.

one_brick_at_a_time Apr 22, 2022 2:46 PM

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Originally Posted by yveseluj (Post 9605244)
Nearest one is in Harbour Landing. There's one in Indigo, but that's different I guess.

The Indigo Starbucks is Regina’s only corporate location. That’s why you can only use the app to order in advance for that location (which is extremely frustrating lol).

one_brick_at_a_time Apr 22, 2022 3:58 PM

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Originally Posted by Draftsman (Post 9604802)
I agree, Wendy's is better than McD's or BK in my opinion.

Would love the other spot to be a Popeyes BUT maybe a second Jollibee for Regina.

djforsberg Apr 22, 2022 4:14 PM

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Originally Posted by one_brick_at_a_time (Post 9605297)
The Indigo Starbucks is Regina’s only corporate location. That’s why you can only use the app to order in advance for that location (which is extremely frustrating lol).

As an aside, it fills me with glee that there is currently a unionization wave happening at Starbucks in the US. Hopefully it spreads up here after they went so long avoiding opening stores in Regina to avoid the union here.

Festivus Apr 22, 2022 5:47 PM

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Originally Posted by djforsberg (Post 9605424)
As an aside, it fills me with glee that there is currently a unionization wave happening at Starbucks in the US. Hopefully it spreads up here after they went so long avoiding opening stores in Regina to avoid the union here.

Yeah, there have been something like 20 in the past month that have unionized, and another 200+ waiting on votes/certification. It's become a huge movement within the organization. Good for the employees!

Stormer Apr 26, 2022 7:07 PM

For the first time in its 109 year history, the Regina Beach Yacht Club restaurant will be open to he public. Probably the best view of any restaurant in the province. It will definitely be worth the drive out. I would recommend weekdays as I understand that only members can make reservations and you will not want to be disappointed.

https://todaysbride.ca/wp-content/up...7/IMG_0189.jpg

From Facebook:
Free Bird is in Regina Beach.
April 11 at 1:05 PM ·
The moment we’ve all been waiting for…
We are excited to announce that we will be running the Regina Beach Yacht Club kitchen this spring/summer season - we are calling it the Brass Monkey.
•Keep your eyes peeled for posts about opening and opening hours.
•FOR RESUMES: please email freebirdeats@icloud.com or come drop it off in person at the restaurant. Please note we are also looking for kitchen staff!
•The name Brass Monkey comes from the beastie boys song, as we always like to keep it fresh, and go with music-inspired names. Brass monkey also happens to be the place where pirates store their cannon balls on a ship, making the name nautical as heck. We are so pumped to extend our little zoo to y’all. Thank you to RBYC for being so supportive to us while we plan for this exciting endeavour, see y’all at the beach.

djforsberg Apr 26, 2022 8:10 PM

I take it that it is being operated by the same people as the Free Bird in Lumsden? If so, that is good news because that place is great.

Stormer Apr 27, 2022 2:32 PM

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Originally Posted by djforsberg (Post 9608978)
I take it that it is being operated by the same people as the Free Bird in Lumsden? If so, that is good news because that place is great.

Yes correct.

Stormer Jun 9, 2022 6:33 PM

There is a sign up for a new restaurant opening in the former Medicine Shoppe space in the Cornwall Professional Building on 11th. I forgot the name. Maybe someone knows?

BrutallyDishonest2 Jun 10, 2022 3:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Stormer (Post 9645400)
There is a sign up for a new restaurant opening in the former Medicine Shoppe space in the Cornwall Professional Building on 11th. I forgot the name. Maybe someone knows?

Don't get too excited it won't be there long.... Mischief Oatmeal & Cereal Cafe.

Stormer Jun 10, 2022 2:38 PM

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Originally Posted by BrutallyDishonest2 (Post 9646037)
Don't get too excited it won't be there long.... Mischief Oatmeal & Cereal Cafe.

Hmm. Not sure what this even is?

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/FUL3_INX...g&name=900x900

djforsberg Jun 10, 2022 3:23 PM

I assume it’s where granola eating hippies go for natural breakfast options :P

yveseluj Jun 16, 2022 1:36 AM

This place opened up in the strip mall on south Albert beside Dandy’s. There was a huge line up this evening. There’s also a new sit down place called Rock Tavern + Eatery in that same strip mall (it’s the best strip mall in the city and it isn’t close).

Nathan Jun 16, 2022 3:27 AM

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Originally Posted by yveseluj (Post 9651139)
This place opened up in the strip mall on south Albert beside Dandy’s. There was a huge line up this evening. There’s also a new sit down place called The Tavern in that same strip mall (it’s the best strip mall in the city and it isn’t close).

I've scoped out Dandy's a few times (online) and the flavours have seemed interesting, but I've been waiting until one really jumped out to motivate me to making the trip. Your post reminded me to check again... Saskatoon Berry Cheesecake is currently a seasonal flavour; I think it's time to hit it up. Thanks!

Festivus Jun 16, 2022 1:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Nathan (Post 9651212)
I've scoped out Dandy's a few times (online) and the flavours have seemed interesting, but I've been waiting until one really jumped out to motivate me to making the trip. Your post reminded me to check again... Saskatoon Berry Cheesecake is currently a seasonal flavour; I think it's time to hit it up. Thanks!

Dandy's is fantastic, one of Regina's best local businesses. I'd highly recommend getting your ice cream in one of their waffle cones—everything they sell is made in-house. imo their best flavours are Blueberry Pie Crumb and London Fog. You can also order a flight of ice cream in order to have multiple flavours. I think they'll also let you sample a small spoonful before ordering.

Stormer Jun 16, 2022 3:36 PM

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Originally Posted by yveseluj (Post 9651139)
This place opened up in the strip mall on south Albert beside Dandy’s. There was a huge line up this evening. There’s also a new sit down place called The Tavern in that same strip mall (it’s the best strip mall in the city and it isn’t close).

My life is complete. Squid Ink Cheese Corn Dog!

https://chungchunricedog.ca/wp-conte...dk7q29om70.png

yveseluj Jun 16, 2022 3:42 PM

I misspoke in my original post & edited it; the new sit-down place in that strip mall is called Rock Tavern + Eatery.

djforsberg Jun 16, 2022 8:46 PM

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Originally Posted by yveseluj (Post 9651557)
I misspoke in my original post & edited it; the new sit-down place in that strip mall is called Rock Tavern + Eatery.

If you are talking about the one on South Albert, I already mentioned that one months ago :cheers:

yveseluj Jun 20, 2022 4:09 PM

I am! But I'm not hip and with it so I missed the post.:banaride:

StealthGirl Jul 25, 2022 3:43 PM

Kraut Haven in Vic Sq Morgue is closing as of July 30, 2022. Announced this morning on social media.


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