Dining in Development

Calgary’s East Village development is progressing in the face of the challenged Alberta economy.  A former industrial and derelict area has been the focus of an ambitious commercial development. After perusing through the condo sales centre to see what pricing and quality was like in the area (prices = $500 - $550 psf and quality = moderate), I stopped by Charbar for lunch.  You walk into the historic Simmons Bedding Company space, which has been beautifully restored to house an alluring trinity of food concepts. 

Once I entered the historic building, I was first hit with comforting aroma of Phil and Sebastian coffee roasters.  Their expert Baristas working away across from a vintage coffee roaster. Up next, I smell the fresh baked artisan bread from Sidewalk Citizen Bakery.  But, the main event is Charbar, with their Argentinian style, melt in your mouth meats roasted over a special grill.  The lucky new condo dwellers of East Village will sleep well steps from some of Calgary’s freshest food.