There is a new player on the south side, now that chefs Levi Biddlecombe and Tyson Wright have launched Why Not Cafe and Bar.
Located at 8534 109 St. (above The Red Pony consignment shop), Why Not Cafe and Bar was previously the home to a bubble tea shop. The space features exposed brick with lots of black, copper and gold trim. Artwork on the walls is by local talent, and available for purchase.
Biddlecombe favours an Asian style cooking, and seafood in general. Wright is more of a meat and potatoes man. Suffice it to say there will be something for everyone in the 32-seat restaurant (which will grow by another dozen seats on a rooftop patio, come summer).
The menu will rotate items regularly, and also play host to vegan options. Watch for a daily octopus special, and a signature Wright dish of whisky-aged rib eye. Charcuterie will also be a specialty at Why Not; Biddlecombe promises a house-made salmon and salami cold board served alongside roasted squash and a fig brûle. Other local meat producers, such as Fuge Fine Meats, the Secret Meat Club and the Local Omnivore will be supplying some hand-crafted salumi for the boards, too. Biddlecombe also has a bread program in place and plans to make the vast majority of his own breads in-house.
The restaurant opened, softly, last week. On Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, the chefs are putting on a six-course tasting menu to preview offerings, paired with cocktails, for $95. Tickets are available on Eventbrite for that event.
Then, starting Tuesday, Dec. 5, the owners launch a kick-off campaign devoted to raising money for the Stollery Children’s Hospital.
“Ten per cent of sales for the first five days of business goes straight to the Stollery,” says Biddlecombe, who was the head chef at Packrat Louis before this new venture.
The opening week celebration finishes off with a performance by two local rap artists on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 11 a.m. till 5 p.m.
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