With thousands of square feet of retail and restaurant space up for grabs, it doesn’t take much for the wheels of change to start spinning at Dartmouth Crossing.
Irish fare, southern barbecue and a dash of convenience are among the changes coming to the sprawling retail hub, Ann-Louise McKinnon, regional general manager of CentreCorp Management Services Ltd., said Monday.
Woody’s Bar-B-Q is first to enter the market.
The 30-year-old, Florida-based chain only recently entered the Canadian market and the Dartmouth Crossing store will be the first to arrive in Atlantic Canada. Eric Swain and Jim Bethune, self-described barbecue fanatics and hospitality industry veterans, are the franchisee partners.
“We wanted to take it to one of the best locations in the city and Dartmouth Crossing is it,” Bethune said. “The place is a fantastic spot to do business and it’s continuing to grow.”
Woody’s Bar-B-Q will be in the Village Shops at Dartmouth Crossing in the same strip as Sushi Nami Royale and La Cucina.
Meanwhile, Beverly Hynes, the founder of Seamus David’s Pub, agrees with Bethune’s assessment of Dartmouth Crossing.
Hynes, a veteran restaurant manager and proud Newfoundland and Labrador native, will introduce a dash of Irish-inspired local flavour to the big-box retail mix at Dartmouth Crossing in March.
“We’re bringing a nice, quaint pub to the area and my hope is that people come in, sit down and get comfy,” she said Monday. “We’ll have live music matinees on the weekend and maybe on Friday night, 10 to 12 beers on tap and serve traditional pub fare with some popular Irish choices in there, too.”
The pub, which is named after Hynes’s seven-year-old son, has been a two-year labour of love.
Hynes managed Angie’s of Burnside for 11 years before turning her focus to her dream job — owning and operating an Irish pub. To give the pub that time-honoured Irish look, Hynes employed the expertise of Martin Developments Ltd., the same contractors and designers that gave Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub and the former Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant their traditional flair.
Seamus David’s Pub, at 21 Logiealmond Close in the southern boutique area of the Village Shops at Dartmouth Crossing, will open in mid-March, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. The pub will inhabit a vacant space and that of the former Dio Mio Gelato International Cafe.
Customers on the go or running on empty will also soon have another place to fill up and recharge in Dartmouth Crossing.
CentreCorp Management said Monday that an Ultramar gas bar will open in the fourth quarter of this year at the corner of Countryview and Shubie drives across from Tim Hortons.