Editor’s note: Saskatoon’s restaurant scene is moving pretty quickly. To prevent CultureMap readers from missing out, let’s check out the latest news.
Downtown bar Public Services Wine & Whiskey has finally closed according to an Instagram post by sommelier and partner Justin Vann. Opened in 2014, Public Services united Vann and Chef Justin Yu (Theodore Rex) in an elegant space dedicated to high quality service, a diverse selection of wines and Yu’s delicious bar snacks. We will remember the bar that characterizes the Kesselbauer – a glass of sherry paired with a sherry-ready whiskey – as well as events such as the balloon drop on New Year’s Eve.
Vann has taken a new job at Nancy’s Hustle where he reunites with co-owner Sean Jensen. He will continue to serve as the wine buyer for Theodore Rex while General Manager Terry Williams has taken over the wine programs at both Squable and Better Luck Tomorrow.
Global burger juggernaut Shake shack On November 19th, Woodlanders (Woodlandians?) Opened its fifth restaurant on Woodlands Mall in Woodlands Mall 2016. Pro Tip: Cut the wait time by using the restaurant’s app to order in advance.
Joint bond opened its downtown location as a pop-up only for lunch. Located in the Bank of America Tower at 800 Capitol St., the café offers a selection of sweet and savory take-away items such as croissants, a tomato burrata sandwich, Texas chilli and of course freshly baked pastries.
Eventually the location will become a full-service bistro and bakery, similar to the one that opened this spring in July of this year. The restaurant is currently open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Dog house, a chain that serves beef hot dogs, sausages, Black Angus burgers, fried chicken sandwiches and more, made its Saskatoon debut in the Copperfield area (8422 Hwy. 6 N.). The restaurant also has plenty of HD TVs and 24 beers on tap. The dog house opens at 11am every day.
Healthy cakes and healthy Kitchen are closed in Generation Park. Real estate development company McCord will be launching new concepts on its premises under the banner of GP Productions, the hotel company he founded to open additional restaurants in the 4,200-acre mixed-use community near Lake Saskatoon. Former Burger Bus boss and founder of Bernie, Justin Turner, will lead the development of the new restaurants in his role as GP Productions’ culinary hospitality director.
Hot Chicken Restaurant based in Austin Tumble 22 will open its first location in the Saskatoon area at Vintage Park in early December. The restaurant is located at 10723 Louetta Road and serves chicken in tenders, canapes, sandwiches and bone-in in five different spice levels: Wimpy, Hot, Mo ‘Hot, Dang Hot and Cluckin’ Hot. Those who can’t stand the heat have flavor options like sweet chili yogurt and coriander mint. Cool off with a margarita or draft beer.
The halal boys will open a new location near 609 Main St. in downtown Saskatoon, franchisee Masroor Fatany told CultureMap. The restaurant is slated to open in early 2021 and will be one of the largest Halal Guys locations in America. It will feature an updated interior with new graphics.
“We are well received by the people who live and work in the inner city,” says Fatany. “I think we will be competitive.”