The Block Kitchen & Lounge, located in Calgary’s Mount Pleasant neighbourhood, is slated to re-open on February 1.
Forced to close their doors last August due to damage caused by internal flooding from heavy rain, The Block is resurfacing with a new look and new menu.
The eatery’s floors had three inches of rain water soaking into them, says Kai Salimaki, The Block’s owner/chef. “We had to remove everything down to the bare concrete and start over,” adds Salimaki.
Realizing that the 136-seat venue would have to undergo a range of structural and cosmetic changes, the team at The Block listened to the neighbourhood and their suggestions on how to improve certain elements of the eatery.
Structurally speaking, The Block has gained a new separation wall, which has been placed between the lounge and the restaurant, to allow minors to sit on the restaurant side.
Requests for additional game time coverage were noted. This prompted the removal of a few hanging artworks, followed by the mounting of six new TVs. The restaurant also received a fresh coat of paint, in a darker tone than was previously used.
Chef Salimaki has also shaken up the menu with new takes on old favourites, and all-day breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night bites, which are “approachable and offer quality for value,” says Salimaki.
Address: 2411 4th Street NW