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Calgary bound: local Asian food eatery expands into Alberta

Foo Asian Street Food, situated at the intersection of Yates and Blanshard streets in downtown Victoria, has set its sights on the Calgary market.  Citified.ca

Calgary bound: local Asian food eatery expands into Alberta
MIKE KOZAKOWSKI, CITIFIED.CA

Victoria-based Foo Asian Street Food is Alberta bound as operators ready to open the eatery's second location, according to a source familiar with the plans.

Foo's Calgary location, at 2015 4th Street just south of the city's busy downtown core, opens later this week.

The (now) chain's first location opened in 2009 at the Dominion Rocket Residences, formerly the Dalton Hotel, at the intersection of Yates and Blanshard. In 2014 operators expanded the Foo concept to nearby Broughton Street with a noodle bar featuring Japanese ramen dishes, dubbed Foo Ramen Bar.

Foo’s expansion into Alberta marks the second instance of a Victoria-based Asian eatery and the third restaurant operator to open a still-operating location off the Island. In 2007 the Noodlebox chain of Asian-inspired noodle and rice diners opened its first Vancouver location in Kitsilano. The company has since expanded to include seven locations throughout Victoria and Vancouver. And lower Yates Street’s The Reef, a Jamaican and Caribbean restaurant, opened a Vancouver restaurant approximately ten years ago.

Meanwhile in recent years several Vancouver lunch-time hotspots jumped the pond to open Victoria locations, including the popular Meat & Bread chain of sandwich shops, situated in the 700-block of Yates Street, and La Taqueria Pinche Taco Shop in the 700-block of Fort Street. At the Victoria Public Market, Vancouver’s Vij’s Restaurant became the inspiration behind Vij’s Sutra, an Indian take-out spot. C

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