Chorney-Sales space: Attraction and creativity abound at Ruby and the Beast

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Eating places are companies before everything, however a great restaurant will also be a medium for artistic expression. Small impartial eateries is usually a deeply private endeavour for homeowners and managers, which is the case for Ruby and the Beast, a brand new bistro within the coronary heart of the Beltline.

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Ruby and the Beast is owned by Sarah Scheller and Kathleen Davidson, that are possible new names to native restaurant watchers. The pair personal a few spots on Vancouver Island, however Davidson moved to Calgary a decade in the past to assist her husband pursue his profession. Ultimately realizing she and her younger household had been right here to remain completely, she began excited about a mission the place she may personally be on the bottom (Scheller stays in Sidney, operating the opposite eating places). After rising up in Tofino watching her chef father at work, restaurant tradition is in Davidson’s blood and she or he yearned to have a spot the place she may apply the artwork of hospitality on her personal phrases.

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From Left; head chef Cody Fummerton; owner Kathleen Davidson;  server Clara Castro-Zunti; saucier Jenna Collins; and sous chef Kurtis Anderson at Ruby and The Beast.
From Left; head chef Cody Fummerton; proprietor Kathleen Davidson;  server Clara Castro-Zunti; saucier Jenna Collins; and sous chef Kurtis Anderson at Ruby and The Beast. Photograph by Azin Ghaffari /Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

“I felt it was time for me to be a managing associate in a restaurant right here,” she says. “I’ve an actual love for customer support and that has lots to do with the connection you make with a visitor. It’s a really human expertise that basically fulfills me and makes me very completely satisfied.”

That human connection is the guiding pressure behind Ruby and the Beast, which is situated within the acquainted crimson home behind the Beltline Safeway that was lately the unique Vegan Avenue location and, most famously, the Laurier Lounge earlier than that. The restaurant is known as for the color of the constructing, in addition to
Scheller’s daughter, with the “and the Beast” thrown in so as to add a contact of caprice to the idea.

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Pictured is Ruby and The Beast on Thursday, May 18, 2023.
Pictured is Ruby and The Beast on Thursday, Might 18, 2023. Photograph by Azin Ghaffari /Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

Environment is essential to any restaurant and the two-storey, century-old constructing, with 46 seats upstairs and 33 downstairs, together with these on the fireplace-heated enclosed atrium, is exceedingly cozy, with eclectic particulars scattered all through. There’s a phenomenal copper bar, an outdated mural leftover from a earlier tenant and gloriously creaky flooring, all including to the attraction of the venue.

Confit Duck Wings on the menu at Ruby and The Beast.
Confit Duck Wings on the menu at Ruby and The Beast. Photograph by Azin Ghaffari /Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

A ardour for customer support and fairly classic fixtures don’t imply a factor if the meals doesn’t reside as much as the room. Davidson interviewed greater than 70 cooks earlier than touchdown on Cody Fummerton, greatest recognized for his time within the kitchen at The Dwelling Room. An enormous believer in letting her workers’s abilities shine, Davidson offers Fummerton a number of freedom in letting his creativity run wild, supplied he sticks to an approachable “trendy Canadian” idea and delivers on her private desire for an ideal home French fry devoid of truffle oil and garlic.

A different presentation of calamari at Ruby and The Beast.
A distinct presentation of calamari at Ruby and The Beast. Photograph by Azin Ghaffari /Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

Fummerton’s present seasonal menu encompasses a good choice of lunch-appropriate sandwiches, like a brisket burger topped with tomato jam and melted cheese curds ($14) and a shrimp po’boy ($15), each of which may and needs to be paired with the za’atar and honey-drizzled Ruby’s fries ($7). Issues get notably fascinating with regards to the sharable small plates with alternatives like vibrant fiddleheads swimming in a aromatic vadouvan curry sauce ($15), fried artichokes in a white gazpacho ($16), and a slab of shockingly tender grilled calamari wearing puttanesca with a hazelnut crumble ($17). The bigger entree plates embrace a fried half-chicken with cucumber salad and fries ($32) and slow-cooked lamb ribs in an apricot mustard glaze ($36).

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A restaurant of this type can not get away and not using a robust cocktail program and Ruby and the Beast delivers with a considerate choice of drinks, together with a better-than-average checklist of non-alcoholic cocktails. The restaurant is situated at 1111 seventh St. S.W. and could be reached at 403-457-7829 or by

The cozy interior of Ruby and The Beast.
The comfy inside of Ruby and The Beast. Photograph by Azin Ghaffari /Azin Ghaffari/Postmedia

Additional out in Strathcona, the Little Tavern Pizza Undertaking made a splash when it opened on the top of the pandemic, however the restaurant was left in limbo after its founding chef departed town a bit of over a 12 months in the past. Little Tavern now operates underneath the brand new possession of Daphne and George Deellios and whereas the brand new group has saved the earlier enterprise’s title and decor, they’ve modified the pizza.

The restaurant is now run by a pair with a long time of restaurant expertise, notably within the space of Greek delicacies. They favored the skinny New York-style pizza from the earlier incarnation of Little Tavern however wished to place their spin on issues, hitting a center floor with a hybrid pie that’s not fairly as skinny and sparsely topped as a New York pizza, however thinner and fewer oppressively tacky than conventional Greek fashion. They do mess around with toppings (attempt the Mac Assault with crumbled beef, pickles, lettuce and a mac-esque sauce), and in addition supply traditional Greek pizzeria appetizers like calamari and hen wings, in addition to some pasta, together with a extremely popular baked lasagna.

The ambiance is a pleasant steadiness of neighbourhood bar and family-style restaurant, with particular occasions like comedy nights to assist construct it up as a neighborhood hub. Little Tavern Pizza Undertaking is situated at 5555 Strathcona Hill S.W. and could be contacted at 403-475-8875 or by

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