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Sharon Yeo

Reporter, Curator


Recent work by Sharon

Steve Brochu inside the Citadel Theatre
food business

Steve Brochu is reinvigorating the Citadel with a restaurant that aims to challenge

The chef who owns and operates MilkCrate, a café in EPCOR Tower, and GhostLight, a coffee kiosk in the Citadel Theatre, is set to open PlayWright in the space in the Citadel that formerly housed the second Normand's location.

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Amy Quon wearing a Chicken for Lunch t-shirt at The Lingnan
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Amy Quon closing Chicken For Lunch after 32 years

Edmonton culinary institution Chicken for Lunch is closing after 32 years of business. The kiosk, located in the food court in Rice Howard Place (formerly Scotia Place), is known for its long line-ups and Amy Quon, its gregarious proprietor. Its last day of business will be Feb. 29.

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Avinash Soochit smiles as he stands in front of the whimsical decor of Cafe Bel-Air
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Influencers can boost restaurant traffic, but only to a point

While some restaurants can draw a straight line from an influencer's post to increased business, the connection is a lot harder to determine for others. But an intentional strategy increases the chances of success, says social media strategist Linda Hoang.

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Two couples stand around a counter at Happy and Olive
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Happy and Olive embraced by community in Crestwood

The four hospitality veterans behind a new restaurant in central-west Edmonton have been thrilled by the neighbourhood response so far.

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Rosaly DeVenz stands inside the rebuilt Italian Bakery, with tables and chairs stacked beside her and shelves behind
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Italian Bakery returns to its roots with rebuilt store in Chinatown

The Italian Bakery is finally ready to re-open in Chinatown with a brand-new building.

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Co-owner Hifa Maleki and general manager Mehraz Soltani in front of the bar at El Jardin
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Group behind El Jardin and El Corazon has string of restaurants in mind

The owners of the recently launched El Jardin have big plans to open several more restaurants in Edmonton.

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Maëlle Toews of EPIC in front of the plant-filled green wall at the downtown location
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EPIC shifts focus from chefs to diners with new concept

After rebranding from JustCook Kitchens earlier this year, EPIC has shifted away from its original food hall concept to a new model for its downtown location. But an expansion later this year could see the food hall return, with a twist.

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Bagel Bar owner Gemma Davies looks down at a platter of baked goods including bagels
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Bagel Bar opens new storefront location

After four years as a pickup-only business, Bagel Bar has opened a storefront in south Edmonton.

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The interior of Seoul Fried Chicken's downtown Edmonton restaurant with a neon sign near the window
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Seoul Fried Chicken and Padmanadi expand to Calgary

Local restaurants Seoul Fried Chicken and Padmanadi are hoping for a warm welcome as they expand into Calgary this year, following recent expansions within Edmonton.

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