Restaurant and bar sales in Alberta up from a year ago

But operating costs may also be up and spending may be spread over a larger number of establishments: ATB analysis

Restaurant and bar sales in Alberta up from a year agoOn a month-over-month basis, seasonally-adjusted restaurant and bar sales in Alberta edged down slightly, falling by 0.1 per cent in August to $803.8 million, according to ATB Financial’s Economics & Research Team. Sourcing Statistics Canada data, ATB said in its daily economic update The Owl that the situation is better on a year-over-year basis with sales…

Creating a culinary mix of local and worldly

Executive chef Eraj Jayawickreme talks about how the Hawthorn Dining Room and Bar distinguishes itself in the Calgary market

Creating a culinary mix of local and worldlyEraj Jayawickreme is the Fairmont Palliser’s executive chef and food and beverage manager. His responsibility includes the Hawthorn Dining Room and Bar. What makes the Hawthorn unique in the Calgary marketplace? Jayawickreme: Hawthorn is special as we highlight the amazing producers, artisans and farmers in this province. It is our core philosophy to ensure that…

A retreat oasis in the heart of Calgary

Denise DeNeve talks about how the FCJ Retreat and Conference Centre caters to the local community, and national and international groups

A retreat oasis in the heart of CalgaryDenise DeNeve is director of the FCJ Retreat and Conference Centre in Calgary. Can you explain what the FCJ Retreat and Conference Centre is? DeNeve: The FCJ Retreat and Conference Centre as stated in our mission statement is a “Centre of Hospitality and Hope Where God can be Experienced in a Changing World.” It’s a…

Building relationships between guest and host

Robert Vidra talks about how Simply Elegant strives to be an exceptional hospitality firm

Building relationships between guest and hostRobert Vidra is CEO of Simply Elegant. What’s Simply Elegant and what does it do? Vidra: Simply Elegant is a hospitality firm. Our philosophy is “enlightened hospitality.” We work towards providing the best possible experience for our clients, guests, staff and vendors. We must be more than a service or product. It must encompass our…

Village Brewery launches non-alcoholic beer

Pale ale will be sold in Western Canadian grocery stores, including Calgary Co-op

Village Brewery launches non-alcoholic beerCalgary-based Village Brewery has launched a non-alcoholic craft beer in time for summer. It’s among Western Canada’s first non-alcoholic beers and the Village Local is the first Alberta crafted beer to be sold in Western Canadian grocery stores, including Calgary Co-op. It’s also available in liquor stores across Alberta. The company says it’s a pale…

New restaurant to open in Bearspaw

Flores & Pine will offer ‘rustic contemporary Canadian with some global influences’

New restaurant to open in BearspawA contemporary restaurant will open in the coming weeks at a popular site in Bearspaw. The Bears Den closed in January 2018 citing conditions in the industry, including a continuing poor business environment, and changes in the minimum wage and statutory holiday pay requirement. The location, under new ownership, is being completely renovated into a…

Tim Hortons launches youth camp campaign

Organization hopes to surpass the $13.1 million raised on Camp Day last year to help disadvantaged youth

Tim Hortons launches youth camp campaignTim Hortons has once again launched its annual campaign to help the lives of youth from disadvantaged circumstances. June 5 is Tim Hortons Camp Day, where participating restaurants donate 100 per cent of proceeds from every brewed coffee purchased in Canada to Tim Hortons Foundation Camps. Also, from now to June 5, customers can donate…

Minhas expands Calgary facility to include winery and distillery

‘We want Calgarians and all Albertans to know that we're committed to helping get Alberta's economy back on track’

Minhas expands Calgary facility to include winery and distilleryCalgary-based Minhas has completed winery and distillery facilities that have been added to the company’s existing northeast microbrewery. “We want Calgarians and all Albertans to know that we're committed to helping get Alberta's economy back on track,” said Minhas president and CEO, and star of CBC Dragon's Den, Manjit Minhas in a news release. “We're…

Alberta alcoholic beverage sales continue to expand

Alberta alcoholic beverage sales continue to expandAlbertans love their beer. The alcoholic beverage remains the biggest seller in the province compared to wine and spirits, according to Statistics Canada data. “After contracting by 3.4 per cent in the fiscal year 2016/17, alcoholic beverage sales in Alberta expanded by 1.3 per cent in 2017/18. Total sales reached $2.58 billion, still $56.3 million…

Alberta hotel transactions total $154 million in 2018

Canada’s hotel industry has a positive outlook, says report from commercial real estate firm Colliers International

Alberta hotel transactions total $154 million in 2018Transaction volume for Alberta hotels fell by 19 per cent year over year in 2018, according to a new report by commercial real estate firm Colliers International. The company’s 2019 Canadian Hotel Investment Report said there were 19 hotel transactions in 2018 for a dollar volume of $154 million in the province. That involved 1,860…