It’s almost summer and you know what that means: new brewpubs, food trucks and glamping resorts! Here’s the monthly roundup of what opened and closed in May.
Hojo’s Japanese Cuisine | Charlottetown, PEI
This Japanese restaurant serving an array of dishes from sushi to ramen opened its doors on May 1 at 119 Kent Street above MacAulay’s Bakery and Deli.
Gahan House | Moncton, NB
Prince Edward Island’s Gahan House Restaurant & Brewery opened in Moncton in the new FiveFive Queen building on May 5. The 200-seat restaurant is serving up classic pub items and Gahan brews on tap and also has a patio with room for 120 people.
Almonak | Halifax, NS
This restaurant, cafe and bar opened on May 6 at 5659 Almon Street. Almonak will serve up a selection of bowls and sandwiches during their cafe hours and evening service runs the gamut from carrot hummus with goat cheese to sous-vide lamb roast.
Pür & Simple | Dieppe & Saint John, NB
This is the second and third location for the Quebec-based breakfast and lunch restaurant chain Pür & Simple: Dieppe’s location opened on May 7 at Champlain Place and the Saint John spot opened May 21 at 70 Consumers Drive.
Johnny & Mae’s | St. John’s, NL
Kyle and Alicia McKenna opened their own food truck on May 11 serving up their amped-up burgers and poutines — Kyle’s Obese Chicken sandwich became Instagram famous last summer while working out of the Hitchen the Kitchen, but now the pair have Johnny & Mae’s operating on the side of St. Thomas Parish on Kings Bridge Road.
Bannerman Brewing | St. John’s, NL
Housed in an old fire hall, Bannerman Brewing opened on May 11 at 90 Duckworth Street to an eager crowd of craft beer drinkers. They are serving up their own brews paired with a selection of snacks like tacos, nachos and street fries.
Veg Out | Fredericton, NB
The owners of Veg Out, the popular vegan stall at The Cultural Market hit the road with their new food truck on May 14. Shelby Harnish and partner Patrick Stewart will shell out vegan donairs, chilli cheese dogs and kebabs at different events and breweries throughout the summer.
The Studio | Saint John, NB
Saint John-based photographer Kelly Lawsone opened The Studio on Prince William at 87 Prince William Street, offering an inspiring space for creatives and remote workers with a studio rented by the hour or week for workshops, gatherings or photo shoots, along with a coworking space and a meeting room with a large projection screen.
Sweat Club | Fredericton, NB
This new boutique gym opened its doors on May 21 at 361 Queen Street in Fredericton. The Sweat Club focuses on private training and group fitness classes with a max of 12 people with classes like HIIT workouts and core-focused classes.
Crossings Cafe | Borden-Carleton, PEI
This new cafe and restaurant had its grand opening at 236 Main Street on May 25. Crossings Cafe serves up breakfast and lunch options ranging from classic breakfasts and breakfast poutines to grilled cheese and caesar salad.
Kenny’s Pizza | Halifax, NS
This Cape Breton pizza chain opened up their newest location at the Bedford Place Mall at the end of May. Kenny’s Pizza number twelve offers up a selection of pizzas, sandwiches and other popular snack food.
Blue Bayou Resort | Dingwall, NS
A new glamping and camping resort has opened in Cape Breton. Blue Bayou Resort opened May 31 with more than 20 geodesic domes for glamping in style (they all have three piece bathrooms) and there are also seven tipis with electricity.
Chimney’s Cafe | Halifax, NS
This ice cream and coffee shop at 5466 Spring Garden Road closed their doors mid-May after less than a year of operation.
Ava’s Ice Cream | Riverview, NB
This ice cream shop announced their closure on May 28 via Facebook after 14 years they will not reopen for the summer season.
Q-Tique Fashion Studio | Halifax, NS
This fashion boutique closed its shop at 1020 Barrington Street this month after three years of operations.
Four C’s Dairy Bar | Riverview, NB
After more than 30 years this Riverview, N.B. is closing. Four C’s Dairy Bar at 390 Coverdale Road has sold the building and owner Rhonda Cudmore is out of the ice cream business on May 30.
Ruby Rhinestone’s | Halifax, NS
After just over a year open, this country bar at 5187 Salter Street has closed down.
Did we miss something? Know of a business opening or closing in Atlantic Canada? Email our Associate Editor Gabby at gpeyton [at] atlanticbusinessmagazine [dot] com and let us know!