Donuts, burgers, oh my!

Hoopla Donuts

414 3 St. SW, Calgary

Who Phil Robertson and Sebastian Sztabzyb—the Phil and Sebastian behind Phil and Sebastian Coffee Roasters—plus chef Leslie Morrow

Why we’re excited Though flavours include decidedly untraditional offerings like the Uncommon cider apple fritter, the coffee bean kings are firm that their new doughnut shop will be “not too fancy”—ideal for those still reeling from 2013’s artisanal doughnut wave but who still want to pair a little something sweet with their Americano.

(Photo: Allison Kuhl)


2042 W 4th Ave., Vancouver

Who Michael Robbins and Jeff Parr, the duo behind AnnaLena and Their There

Why we’re excited One address (and lease) now plays double duty—Their There coffee shop becomes minimalist burger bar Hundy come 6 p.m. each night, serving up Two Rivers brisket and shoulder patties, double-cooked fries and craft beer galore.

(Photo: Andrew Querner)

Ubuntu Canteen

4194 Fraser St., Vancouver

Who David Gunawan (the Farmer’s Apprentice) and bakers Chams Sbouai (Sweet Boy Cream Puffs) and Myra Maston (Beyond Bread)

Why we’re excited It’s a dream team of local heroes, taking over the former Bows and Arrows locale with a casual counter-service game plan: a tightly edited menu features classic rotisserie chicken as the star and well-priced, by-the-glass wine.