Calgary's Briggs Kitchen + Bar and A1 Cafe announce closures

A long-standing Beltline restaurant closes its doors

As Calgary's food scene continues to boom, the city is also seeing plenty of recognizable eateries close their doors.

The Rose & Crown Pub shuttered to much surprise earlier this year, and what has followed is a string other well-known spots closing down including the new-ish iteration of Milk Tiger and, most recently, Con Mi Taco. Today, both Briggs Kitchen + Bar and A1 Cafe (no business relation) have announced their permanent closures.

Briggs Kitchen + Bar opened in 2013 to much fanfare thanks to its opening executive chef Xavier Lacaze (of Top Chef Canada fame). It was celebrated for specific menu items like its burger and smoked mushroom devilled eggs.

Despite the chef's departure two years or so after opening, the restaurant remained popular for many years.

"We can’t thank you enough for your support, appreciation and patronage. We have loved being a part of your experiences, and hope you remember us as fondly as we remember you," read the restaurant's closing announcement on social media.

A1 Cafe originally opened as Two Penny in 2017 and morphed into its current form several years later. While its main level is now closed, its associated lower-level cocktail bar Teahouse still remains open.


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Thank You Hospitality also still operates the popular Mexican eateries Fonda Fora and Native Tongues.

No word yet on if the A1 Cafe space will be transitioning to something new under the TYH umbrella.