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Wild Wing, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, Luster Bridal, Endeavor Brewing opens a cafe and NABI changes the date of the annual barbecue.

Triple Digit Chicken Wing Flavors

As the northern end of St. Albert Trail continues to be developed, two new restaurant chains have opened in the city.

Wild Wing – a Canadian restaurant chain that started in 1999 – celebrated its soft opening at 1115 St. Albert Tr. on August 12. The restaurant’s co-owner, Krunal Patel, said the first day of opening was a success.

“It was great, I really appreciate it and thank the St. Albert community,” Patel said. “They loved the chicken wings and we got lots of positive reviews from Google.”

Wild Wing, as the name suggests, makes chicken wings – 101 flavors of chicken wings, to be exact. The restaurant is no one-trick pony, as burgers, hot dogs, wraps, salads, poutine, and other appetizers are also on the menu. The Wild Wing has a full bar offering beer, spirits, cocktails and wine.

Patel said he and his business partner were thrilled with the restaurant’s location, citing the continued development of new neighborhoods such as Jensen Lakes and proximity to major roads and malls such as Costco. Additionally, Patel said he was happy to open the chain’s first store in St. Albert because “it’s a growing city.”

“Legit Texas BBQ”

Another new restaurant chain opened on August 12: Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.

Dickey’s is a Texas-style barbecue restaurant that was started in 1941 by World War I veteran Travis Dickey in Dallas, Texas. The St. Albert location is the second largest in Canada, after Edmonton near Terwillegar.

Owner of Dickey’s in St. Albert, Zai Abba Aji, said her team had a successful grand opening.

“We had family, friends, the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce – we had a lot of support from the whole St. Albert community,” Abba Aji said. “We are happy.”

Abba Aji said she chose St. Albert, “because we think it’s the perfect place [and] it’s a vibrant community [which loves] their BBQ.”

Dickey’s smokes all the meat on site and offers brisket, chicken, turkey, ribs, lamb and a range of sides and sandwiches.

“If you’re looking for legit Texas barbecue, it’s Dickey’s,” Abba Aji said. “I’ve tried others, but to be honest, when Dickey says they’re legit, they really mean it.”

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is located at 935 St. Albert Tr.

Endeavor opens a cafe

Endeavor Brewing Company owners and operators, Georgia and Matthew Atkins, started making more than beer.

From 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on weekdays, Endeavor’s tap room is now open as a cafe. July 25 was its grand opening for the cafe.

Katherine Berard, a barista at the cafe, said the store’s first month of business had gone smoothly.

“I believe for a brand new business just starting up, it’s pretty stable,” Berard said, adding that the coffee is roasted in-house.

“Georgia roasts all the coffee here,” Berard said. “She has a roaster out back, and she makes the magic happen here, just like how we make all of our craft beers at home.”

In addition to hot and cold coffee options, the cafe also offers freshly baked pastries such as cinnamon rolls, croissants and muffins.

Berard said the cafe’s hours could change once the company has a better sample to determine customer needs.

Endeavor Brewing Company is located at 215 Carnegie Dr.

Bridal Chandelier

After five years at the West Edmonton Mall, Luster Bridal opened in St. Albert.

Store owner Cyn Punter said she decided to close the store in Edmonton and open in St. Albert because she wanted to keep the money local. Punter said she has worked in the wedding industry for over 25 years.

“We live in St. Albert … and we’ve decided we’d like to keep the money in St. Albert,” Punter said. “We want to support St. Albert.”

Luster Bridal celebrated its grand opening on August 7 with a “meet the designers” event. “We have two [Alberta-based] designers we carry. One is EME Couture, she’s from Cold Lake,” Punter said. “She does a fabulous job.

Besides about 75 wedding dresses, Punter said she also sells jewelry, accessories, graduation or prom dresses and corsets, some of which are handmade.

“We bring a lot of destination wedding dresses and a lot of stores don’t,” Punter said. “Our items are very trendy; we have some classics, but we try to bring more fashionable items that people are looking for.

“Our atmosphere in the store is very laid back, relaxing and we do individual consultations.”

Luster Bridal is located at 14, rue Perron.

Change of date of the NABI barbecue

The Northern Alberta Business Incubator (NABI) has changed the date of its annual barbecue to September 8. The previous date was September 14.

NABI, located at 200 Carnegie Dr., was established by the city in 1989 to help start-up businesses grow by providing support, educational programs and mentorship. According to the NABI website, 87 companies are currently involved in the business incubator.

“Join us in the parking lot and enjoy the food, the networking and the fun! Please confirm your attendance with your company name and number of people present by September 7,” said Courtney Quirk, Head of NABI Human Resources in an email.

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