A fresh start for dining duo after 15 years in Downtown
Whew. After a month or so of stripping off old flooring, hammering and painting and generally working up a sweat, Blue Plate Diner co-owners John Williams and Rima Devitt are back in business.
The two moved out of their long-time 104th St. location at the end of June, and in the move, have added more style and substance to the new digs, located at 12323 Stony Plain Road. (The eatery has the same phone number 780-429-0740.)
The 80-seat space has a sleek black and white vibe and a new, separate section for coffee-dwellers, with a couch and stools lining the window so folks can watch the world go by over a java. Who doesn’t love that? The street life along Stony Plain is increasingly excellent.
Starting Friday, the restaurant is open from 7:30 a.m. (9 a.m. on weekends) for brunch and lunch, closing around 4 p.m. Until the new spot has its new liquor license, there is no dinner service. But the duo expects to get that up and running within a month.
By the way, this will be my last official blog for the Journal as its food writer, though I’ll continue to tweet @eatmywordsblog when I am out enjoying myself in Edmonton restaurants. I’m taking on a weekly city column for the paper, plus continuing to write about theatre for the entertainment section, and also tackling news features for Insight.
I’ve written about food for the paper for 11 years and it’s been a great gig. The food community here is extraordinary, and it’s been generous to me with tips, feedback and interviews. Journal freelancer Tom Murray will be doing a food notes column for the paper every two weeks, so please send him news about your events or observations about the local food scene.
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