Apr 13

Word on the Street: What’s New on 1st Street SW?

by Shannon Calhoun · 0 comments

Brand New Burger & Winebar Coming Soon

There will be new a restaurant popping up in the Lougheed Building at 606 1 St SW in the space that used to be home to Sociale.  Black Betty Burger & Winebar is currently under works and when renovations are complete they are hoping for an early May opening.

One of the partners on this project is Witold Twardowski, who has a long history in the restaurant business in Calgary and beyond, helping create many impressive establishments including Teatro, Divino, Ubu Lounge, Sociale Bar & Grille, The Ranche and many more.

According to Twardowski, patrons can expect to find a new twist on the traditional burger joint or, as he put it, “Not your Daddy’s burger joint!”

Think old Hollywood meets rock n’ roll - classy but sassy.

Menu items will include gourmet burgers, tapas, wine, malt milkshakes and more.  Plans for live music are also underway, promising a casual yet upscale dining and entertainment experience.

Woah, Black Betty Bam-ba-lam….  Sorry, I couldn’t resist!

You can follow Black Betty on Facebook and  Twitter for updates.

1st Street SW Underpass Enhancement Project

One of Calgary’s oldest two railroad bridges will be undergoing a serious facelift this spring.

If you’ve ever been to downtown Calgary you will likely know where the 1st Street SW underpass is.  It lies next to one of the City’s landmarks, the Fairmont Palliser Hotel and beneath the former site of the Canada Pacific Railway Station on the corner of 9th Avenue SW.

As one of the main corridors between the Beltline and the downtown core, it has the second highest pedestrian usage out of the current eight downtown underpasses.

The City of Calgary and a number of other stakeholders are working together to improve corridor connectivity and the pedestrian experience in this busy thoroughfare.

The 1st Street SW CPR Underpass Enhancement Project will be guided by the City Council approved Downtown Underpass Urban Design Guidelines

This site holds a significant historical value, as it was a place where thousands of people initially arrived in Calgary and continued on to help build our city into what it is today.  For this reason, it is expected that the historic and heritage character of this underpass will be a large influence on this unique project.

Public art is said to be a significant component of the design and there is currently a Request for Proposal out for this project, which can be viewed here.  The deadline for submissions is April 17, 2022 at 4:00:59pm Alberta Time.

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