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Calgary can boast of a number of high-end restaurants that will again become destination culinary experiences once public health restrictions are lifted.

© Provided by Calgary Herald The former owner of the high-end LaCaille on the Bow restaurant is investing $1 million to renovate the building into a new destination dining experience

LaCaille on the Bow also had the benefit of being housed in a unique, character building in a perfect Eau Claire location overlooking the river, and now welcoming foot traffic across the Peace Bridge.

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Opened in 1981, it was owned and operated from 1982 until 2007 by Peter Livaditis. Listed as one of Canada’s most romantic restaurants, it was a favourite for weddings, business lunches, corporate dinners and a host of other classy functions.

In the 1990s, Livaditis began to develop real estate and found success creating projects with the same kind of quality and attention to the needs of customers as in the restaurant. As he became more involved in constructing new condominiums and shopping centres, it was necessary to sell the restaurant and focus on real estate full time.

Fifteen years ago, the LaCaille building became home to Q Haute Cuisine on the second floor and Oceana on the ground, but both closed months ago and Livaditis and his son, Nick, began to plan a new life for the iconic structure.

The result is that LaCaille Group is investing more than $1 million and a lot of energy — with the help of Frank Architecture & Interiors the two floors are being separated into independent business operations.

The 4,000 square feet of space on the main floor is being marketed as a possible food store, with the idea that the area needs a quality grocer like a Sunterra Market.

The 6,700-square-foot second floor is being gutted back to the walls, reconfigured to provide better restaurant space with all new windows from ceiling to floor offering better views along the Bow River and over the west area of the city.

On entering the front door, the stairwell will now take visitors up to a large foyer with an attractive new eight-seat bar and high table area for drinks while waiting for a table or as a reception area for events.

Alongside the bar is a glassed-in private dining room for 10 people, and on the opposite side is a large banquet room featuring an open fireplace, with folding doors allowing for groups of 25 to 110 seated in luxurious surroundings.

Back of house, a completely new kitchen is being installed with a rear entrance for catering services.

When construction is complete, Livaditis will be looking for a seasoned operator/chef to lease the restaurant with the same passion as what made LaCaille on the Bow such a successful destination.

It is in an area of increasing high-end residences, and the 63 underground parking stalls ensure convenience for drivers.

Among the developments under the LaCaille Group portfolio is West Market Square on Sirocco Drive S.W.

For 20 years, a two-storey building housed the Shillelagh Pub and this is also undergoing a massive renovation.

The entire second floor boasting west-facing turret windows is being converted into office space with a designated elevator. The 4,500-square-foot main floor is being reconfigured — also by Frank Architecture & Interiors — into new space that will welcome patrons into a central bar serving 24 draft beers.

The restaurant area featuring an open kitchen will seat 105 high and low tables inside and an additional 55 on the wraparound sunny patio, and the new space also includes a private dining room.

Construction is scheduled to be completed by the end of next month and as soon as LaCaille Group contracts a suitable operator, it will open again to the affluent surrounding neighbourhoods of Christie Park, Signature Park and Signal Hill.


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