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Vancouver Bartender to Represent Canada

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Pacific Rim’s Grant Sceney was crowned Canada’s best bartender at the Diageo World Class Canada bartending competition and will represent the country later this month at a global event.

Quiznos’ Restructuring Plan Is Complete

DENVER — Quiznos’ threat of bankruptcty has come to an end. The company emerged from its Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection when $400 million was slashed from its debt.

The 500th Pita Pit Is Opening Soon

KINGSTON, Ont. — The Pita Pit team is celebrating a milestone this weekend as multi-unit franchisees Alan and Rana Matukaitis (pictured) open the doors to the chain’s 500th location in Niagara Falls, Ont.

N.B. Freshii Hosts Bitcoin Machine

MONCTON, N.B. — A downtown Freshii is hosting Moncton’s first bitcoin ATM, so users can convert paper currency to bitcoin to pay for their meal, CBC News reports.

King Street Food Company Brings Jamie Oliver Concept to Canada

TORONTO — Jamie Oliver’s rustic Italian restaurant concept, Jamie’s Italian, is set to debut in Canada with the opening of a location inside Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre next spring.

Temporary Foreign Worker Program Reformed

OTTAWA — The moratorium on Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program has ended and new rules have been unveiled, but the changes are being met with some disappointment in restaurant and hotel industries.

Best Bar None Awards Ottawa Establishments

OTTAWA — A year after the Best Bar None responsible alcohol service program expanded to Ottawa, participating members celebrated the first annual awards yesterday, with a special ceremony at Steak Modern in the city’s ByWard Market.

Nook and Cranny Eatery Opens in Truro

TRURO, N.S. — The former adjoining Red Bird Wine Bar and Wooden Hog restaurants on Prince Street in Truro, N.S. have been closed to make way for Nook and Cranny, an eatery and pub.

Reuters: Airbnb Launches In-home Restaurant Experience

SAN FRANCISCO — During the past six years, Airbnb has been slowly stealing share from the hotel industry through its online accommodation-sharing business, and now the San Francisco-based company is expanding its reach, launching in-home dining experiences, reports Reuters.

Keg Steakhouse Founder Dies

LANGLEY, B.C. — George Tidball, a long-time restaurateur who brought McDonald’s to Canada and founded The Keg Steakhouse & Bar, has died at 83.