Whether you're looking for the best burger and fries, freshly brewed coffee or a comforting shawarma, the number of eating and drinking options in Winnipeg is getting bigger.
SCENE offers you a sneak peek at three new culinary choices:
Let's face it. Former Blue Bomber offensive lineman Obby Khan is pretty well-known in Winnipeg. That might be the initial draw to Shawarma Khan, scheduled to open on McDermot Ave. in The Exchange on Jan. 18.
Once in the door, though, Khan promises tasty, fresh and fast offerings in a modern, trendy décor. "I love food," Khan says. "And my favourite type of food when I go to any city is shawarma. It just tastes so delicious."
"I really want to push the healthy food agenda," he continues. So his chicken
will be free-range, hormone and antibiotic-free and the produce will be
locally sourced. "It's really healthy food. Everything's cooked right in
front of you."
Expect fast-casual dining, upscale from a fast food place but still reasonably priced, only $11.99 for chicken shawarma platter. While the restaurant will seat 30 customers, most of the traffic will be take-away.
Obby Khan is set to open Shawarma Khan in The Exchange on Jan. 18 (supplied by Obby Khan)
Rest assured Khan will be very visible at the restaurant. He says he'll be doing everything. "Seriously, everything. I'm the owner/operator, I'll be the cook, I'll be a bit of the manager."
The décor also includes a feature wall that has Obby Khan written all over it. Or rather, the wall features autographs from past and current Blue Bombers and Calgary Stampeders, his current team, and other CFL players.
Khan is pretty excited to start this enterprise here. "Winnipeg is my home. My wife's here, my house is here, my heart is here. I'm staying in Winnipeg -- hopefully -- forever."Thom Bargen Coffee & Tea:
"Just serving great coffee in a cool atmosphere" is the simply-stated goal of friends and baristas Thomas John Hiebert and Graham Bargen. But it's actually more than that. The pair hopes their new coffee shop will be a hub, an environment that encourages creativity and
art -- a place where people can come
and discuss culture and be inspired.
Graham Bargen and Thom TJ Hiebert set to open Thom Bargen (Josh Dookie)
So they asked themselves, "If we walked to a coffee shop, what would we want to see?" And then they went about designing exactly that. Their newly renovated building features an industrial-modern design with warm wood and exposed brick. "It's a pairing of a nice gallery where we can showcase what we want, but
it also has a bit of an edge to suit West Broadway." And look for a changing exhibit of bicycles on the wall. "We love bikes. In
our opinion, a bike is one of the timeless pieces of art," Bargen says.
And these fellows take their coffee very seriously. Count on the freshest direct-trade coffee sourced from around the world. Bargen says they treat their coffee like food. "It's
seasonal, it's harvested in certain regions in certain countries and we
serve it completely fresh. A lot of it is the
education we're bringing to the community of what coffee can actually be
They also feature a selection of looseleaf teas brewed in their slick new teapresso machine. Freshly baked goods (from Jonnies Sticky Buns) round out the menu. Thom Bargen Coffee & Tea will be open 7:00 - 7:00, seven days a week at 64 Sherbrook St.
Gus & Tony's at the park
Souvlaki Platter with Lemon Potatoes at Gus and Tony's (Tony Vailas)
The father and son team of Gus
and Tony Vailas tap on their Greek roots and loads of experience (at Daly Burgers and The Burger Place) in their new eatery near
Assiniboine Park. On offer are freshly-made burgers, home-cut fries and
lots of Greek options, including gyro and souvlaki.
we moved back and forth between Athens and Winnipeg because I guess my
dad's heart was in two places," says Tony Vailas. "The menu is simple,
it's straightforward, it fits the niche for this location, this area."
is in charge of the kitchen and Tony takes care of front of house. The
casual setting features Mediterranean blues and a display of soccer
scarves, an import from Daly Burgers. Gus & Tony's at the park is
located at 2015 Portage Ave.