Team behind recently closed Brasserie Kensington ready to Eat Crow with new restaurant

It’s the end of an era with Brasserie Kensington announcing it’s shutting its doors permanently, but rising from the ashes is … well, not a phoenix, but a crow.

Replacing the establishment best known for brown liquor and duck-fat fried everything is a new concept from owners Cam Dobranski and Jacqueline Warrell that will focus on laid-back snacks and easy-sipping drinks. 

Eat Crow is anticipated to throw open its doors officially mid-June — the open seating area will be physical-distancing appropriate while we continue to live through the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Along with a drink menu said to feature house-infused highballs and Lucky Lager, Eat Crow will offer a variety of quick bites, with a lot of menu space dedicated to vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes, including a root vegetable tartare. Naturally, with Dobranski at the helm, the dishes will still echo of comfort food, like handmade perogies or what is promised to be the “signature butter‘scotch’ cream puff.” 

While time ticks down on Eat Crow’s opening, Winebar Kensington has opened its patio for sunny afternoon and warm evening bites and drinks — at COVID-approved 50 per cent seating capacity, of course.

Gwendolyn Richards is a Calgary-based food writer and the author of Pucker: A Cookbook for Citrus Lovers. She really misses getting dressed up and eating out.