There are sports bars, and then there are restaurants where you can have a drink, eat some great food, and immerse yourself in the love of the game–whatever that game may be. Calgary has just welcomed Home & Away, a sports-themed restaurant that could prove to be a real game-changer.
The local appetite for sports is strong in Calgary, and that’s exactly what Home & Away owners P.J. L’Heureux (CRAFT Beer Market), Pete Emes, Mike Grimes, Graham Furse and Sarmad Rizvi are banking on with their 170-seat restaurant that boasts a clever design and an elevated menu of comfort eats.
The interior has an almost rec-centre pared-down style, and was designed by Sarah Ward of Sarah Ward Interiors. Reminiscent of like, the best gym class ever, Home & Away has an exposed wood and metal joist ceiling and a deliberate “utilitarian feel,” according to Ward. Don’t expect an electronic era dazzle; there are eight televisions thoughtfully situated, and a drop down screen can come into play for the really big games and events.
If you’re feeling nostalgic for another era, you’re on point: The vintage-y throwback design, along with the skateboards, stadium seats, and various sporting gear and memorabilia are all mean to evoke a sense of yesteryear. Ward has put her signature stamp on other Calgarian current hot spots, like Analog South, Bro’kin Yolk, and the late Corbeaux Bakehouse, among others.
In the kitchen, chef Mike Pigot is manning the stoves, and behind a menu of sport-y comfort fare, with a fun twists. Rather than Chicken & Waffles, Home & Away is serving up “Cakes & Nugs,” as in chicken nuggets and pancakes. They’ve got inventive tacos, burgers, hot dogs, and mac and cheese. They’ll add on a brunch soon, too.
Address: 1331-17th Ave SW
Hours: Daily 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.