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We're relaunching The Canteen on Portland St! A true neighbourhood restaurant in Downtown Dartmouth. Help us make this dream a reality!
484 backers pledged CA$ 65,664 to help bring this project to life.
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WE'VE INTRODUCED A STRETCH GOAL! BONUS REWARDS!

Help us reach our stretch goal!
Since every dollar raised through Kickstarter will help to make this project a success we're introducing a stretch goal of $50,000.

How does a stretch goal work?
If we're able to reach our stretch goal of $50,000, every backer that has pledged more than $100, will receive a bonus reward! This will apply to existing backers and new backers! This is our way of saying than you for such a successful campaign.

PROJECT OVERVIEW 

We’re doing it! After 2½ amazing years The Canteen is making the move to Portland Street. A new location, new space, new hours, new menus, new us! We’ve outgrown our current space on Ochterloney Street and we’re excited to bring something new and exciting to Downtown Dartmouth.

The Canteen on Portland will be a friendly neighbourhood restaurant offering the same delicious sandwiches, soups & salads for lunch, but we’ll also be adding an evening dinner service and a killer weekend brunch. Yes - WEEKEND BRUNCH! 

We're not just looking to open a restaurant in our community, but rather FOR our community.

RESTAURANT HIGHLIGHTS 

  • 55 seat full-service neighbourhood restaurant open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch 
  • simple, classic, yet creative menus with a strong focus on local and seasonal products
  • fully-licensed - with a strong focus on Nova Scotia wines and craft beers 
  • located on Portland Street in Downtown Dartmouth, Nova Scotia 
  • 150 Steps from the Dartmouth Ferry Terminal
  • Planned opening date: January 2017

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT

Reaching our fundraising goal on Kickstarter is critical to the success of The Canteen on Portland. Every dollar raised through the community will go toward making this restaurant something that everybody can be proud of.

We've designed our menu of rewards to provide backers with great value at every level. Backing our project through Kickstarter not only provides us with much needed start-up capital, but it gives you an opportunity to try out the restaurant when it opens at a discounted rate. Win-win!

THE SPACE

The Canteen on Portland will be located in an 1,800 sq ft space once occupied by the Sun Sun Café - a family-run restaurant on Portland Street for more than 40 years. 

We have been working hard with the team at By + Large Studio to design a relaxed, inviting and unpretentious environment that will feel like home for everyone. Our goal is to create a space that will accommodate large family gatherings, date nights and business lunches. Simply put - we want to create a home away from home for the community.

The Canteen on Portland design rendering.
The Canteen on Portland design rendering.

 

The Canteen on Portland bar design rendering.
The Canteen on Portland bar design rendering.

THE FOOD & DRINK

With award winning chef Renée Lavallée at the helm, we will bring the same food philosophy to The Canteen on Portland that has successfully guided our current business - honest, unpretentious food, made with love.

With the the Dartmouth Farmers’ Market at our doorstep, we'll feature menus that change with the seasons to showcase amazing local products from the land and the sea. 

Our menu will be influenced by classic French, Italian and traditional Nova Scotian cuisine - with a little bit of Renée's magic thrown in. We plan to offer simple and approachable menus that are sure to please every palate - including kids! 

With the cooler months approaching, expect to see hearty dishes such as a Nova Scotia seafood chowder, roasted heirloom carrot salad, our famous fried chicken sandwich, steak frites, a house-made sausage pappardelle and a salted caramel tart!

We're also excited be offering a rotating list of local wines and craft beers that we love so much.

The Canteen BLT. One of our all-star sandwiches.
The Canteen BLT. One of our all-star sandwiches.

 

Roasted Heirloom Carrot Salad - dill & sumac labneh, toasted quinoa granola, pickled red onions
Roasted Heirloom Carrot Salad - dill & sumac labneh, toasted quinoa granola, pickled red onions

 

Salted Caramel Tart - chocolate ganache, chocolate fudge, pistachios, poached crabapple
Salted Caramel Tart - chocolate ganache, chocolate fudge, pistachios, poached crabapple

 

This is how we roll.
This is how we roll.

WHY PORTLAND STREET? 

When considering a new location for The Canteen we knew that it would be somewhere in Downtown Dartmouth. Dartmouth is our home, it’s where the business began and this community is the reason for our success. 

We wanted to have street frontage and a space big enough to accommodate our new concept. It quickly became apparent that Portland Street was the natural choice. We have been fortunate enough to find our dream space and we're currently working with a local developer to bring our concept to life.

22 Portland Street Design Rendering (Exterior design by Ekistics Plan + Design)
22 Portland Street Design Rendering (Exterior design by Ekistics Plan + Design)

We believe that Portland Street is the heart of Downtown Dartmouth. The resurgence of street is thanks to an incredible mix of unique, independently-owned businesses who believe in the street and the community. We couldn’t be more excited about about joining the Portland Street family.

Limited Edition Portland Street T-Shirt (designed by Eric Miller, Dartmouth Clothing Co.)
Limited Edition Portland Street T-Shirt (designed by Eric Miller, Dartmouth Clothing Co.)

HOW DID THE CANTEEN BEGIN? 

In March of 2014, we opened The Canteen as a small 25-seat shop serving locally and seasonally-inspired sandwiches, soups and salads. Since day one, we have built our business on preparing everything in-house, fresh daily, from scratch - all from our little kitchen and bakery above Two If By Sea Cafe in Downtown Dartmouth.

Our current shop.
Our current shop.

More than two years later, our little sandwich shop has grown into so much more. We have built a loyal following, continued to evolve our menu, more than doubled our business since the first year and have managed to earn some great media coverage along the way.

WHO IS RENÉE LAVALLÉE?

Chef, Owner and Chief Lunch Lady - Renée Lavallée
Chef, Owner and Chief Lunch Lady - Renée Lavallée

Born and bred in small town Quebec, Renée (aka The Feisty Chef) never thought she would end up cooking for a living, but after more than twenty years in the biz, she has yet to question her calling. She has worked in notable restaurants throughout Canada, as well as spending time working in Italy and the Caribbean. She has always been well ahead of the curve when it comes to celebrating and showcasing local products. 

About six years ago, Renée stepped away from the restaurant world to spend time consulting, hosting the popular Canteen Family Dinners and raising her kids. The Canteen is Renee's third "baby" (after her other kids, Zoé and Philippe).

Although she’ll probably never tell you, Renée has a long list of professional accolades, has received extensive media coverage and has also been the spokesperson for a number of well known culinary brands and organizations including Taste of Nova Scotia, Select Nova Scotia, Community Food Centres Canada, Dairy Farmers’ of Canada and more.

WHY KICKSTARTER?

We’ve turned to Kickstarter to provide our customers and the rest of the community with an opportunity to play a part in building our new business. We’re not asking for a handout - but rather a vote of confidence in our new concept. In return we’re offering a menu of awesome rewards starting at only $25. 

We've designed our menu of rewards to provide backers with great value at every level. Backing our project through Kickstarter not only provides us with much needed start-up capital, but it gives you an opportunity to try out the restaurant when it opens at a discounted rate. Win-win!

We cannot do this without you! Every contribution will make a difference!

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Risks and challenges

Opening a restaurant is by no means a simple undertaking. We have done our homework, we’re working with an amazing team and we’re fully committed to making this happen. That said, we expect to encounter many challenges along the way, but we plan to keep everyone in the loop as things progress with the project. We will be doing everything in our power to ensure that this restaurant launches on time and that it remains true to our vision.

Reaching our fundraising goal on Kickstarter is critical to the success of The Canteen on Portland. Every dollar raised through the community will go toward making this restaurant something that everybody can be proud of.

We have put everything on the line to make this dream come true, which why are so grateful for everyone helping us to reach the finish line!

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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About US$ 19

    APPE-TEEZER - Appetizers for 2

    Get your dinner at The Canteen on Portland started off the right way with appetizers for you and your date! MORE THAN A $30 VALUE.

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    • PDF cookbook of Renee's favourite recipes
    • name on our donor wall
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    Pledge CA$ 35 or more About US$ 27

    PORTLAND STREET T-SHIRT

    Show your pride for Downtown Dartmouth while sporting one of limited edition Portland Street Tees designed by Eric Miller (Dartmouth Clothing Co.) #PortlandStreetProud

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    • PDF cookbook of Renee's favourite recipes
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    PORTLAND STREET TRUCKER HAT

    You be the coolest cat on the block with this limited edition Portland Street trucker hat designed by Eric Miller (Dartmouth Clothing Co.) #PortlandStreetProud

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    • PDF cookbook of Renee's favourite recipes
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    Pledge CA$ 65 or more About US$ 49

    BRUNCH DATE: Brunch for 2

    Brunch!! With this reward you get a full brunch experience for two including a non-alcoholic beverage (Kickstarter's rules - not ours). MORE THAN A $75 VALUE! Does not include gratuity.

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    • brunch for 2
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    DINNER DATE: 3-Course Dinner for 2

    Come into The Canteen on Portland for super tasty 3-course dinner! This reward includes an appetizer, main course and desert of your choice, as well as a non-alcoholic beverage (Kickstarter's rules, not ours). MORE THAN A $100 VALUE. Does not include gratuity.

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    THE CANTEEN FAMILY DINNER DATE

    2 Tickets our ever-popular Canteen Family Dinner Series. You get to choose from list of dates. Includes a 5-course set menu served in communal setting. (Does not include gratuity.)

    Includes:
    • The Canteen Family Dinner Ticket
    • PDF cookbook of Renee's favourite recipes
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    THE LUNCH CLUB: Lunch for a year

    Get your lunch fix every month for an entire year. This reward includes a choice of sandwich and a small salad. MORE THAN A $175 VALUE! (Does not include gratuity.)

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    • Lunch once a month for year
    • PDF cookbook of Renee's favourite recipes
    • name on our donor wall
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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About US$ 377

    SANDWICH HERO: Create Your Own Sandwich

    Have you every dreamed of creating your very own signature sandwich? With this reward you will work with Chef Renée to create a sandwich special that will run for an entire month - and it will be named after you! We'll also include lunch on the house every month for an entire year AND one of our limited edition Portland Street Tees!

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    • limited edition Portland Street t-shirt
    • PDF cookbook of Renee's favourite recipes
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    COOK LIKE A CHEF - Cooking Class for 5

    Prepare a gourmet feast in our kitchen with award-winning chef Renée Lavallée? Here's your opportunity! Yourself and 4 of your closest friends and/or family will join Chef Lavallée (aka The Feisty Chef) in her kitchen at The Canteen on Portland Street. The 5 of your will work together to prepare a multi-course feast that you get to sit down and enjoy at the end of the class - all while learning some fundamentals of cooking along the way. This fun class also includes 5 limited edition Portland Street Tees! (Available on Monday nights. Must book at least 4 weeks in advance. Some blackout dates may apply.)

    Includes:
    • cooking class for 5
    • limited edition Portland Street t-shirt
    • PDF cookbook of Renee's favourite recipes
    • name on our donor wall
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    THE CANTEEN ON PORTAND ALL-STAR

    Show your support of The Canteen on Portland Street with the ultimate rewards pack. This one has it all! You get one lunch a year for 2, brunch for 4, dinner for 4, opening party invites for 4 and 4 limited edition Portland Street Tees! MORE THAN A $900 VALUE! (Does not included gratuity.)

    Includes:
    • Lunch once a month for year
    • brunch for 2
    • dinner for 2
    • opening party invitation
    • limited edition Portland Street t-shirt
    • PDF cookbook of Renee's favourite recipes
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    Pledge CA$ 5,000 or more About US$ 3,763

    RESTAURANT TAKE-OVER (up to 40 people)

    Want to host the party of the century in Downtown Dartmouth's newest restaurant? You got it! With this reward you get to take over the entire restaurant and invite 40 of closest friends or colleagues for an evening filled with great food and refreshments! Perfect for a neighbourhood get together or a super cool staff party! We'll also throw in 4 Portland Street Tees, 4 invites to our opening party, brunch for 4 and dinner for 4! WOW! (Blackout dates may apply for the restaurant take-over.)

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    • limited edition Portland Street t-shirt
    • opening party invitation
    • brunch for 2
    • dinner for 2
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    EARLY BIRD - Portland Street T-Shirt

    The early bird catches the worm - or in this case one our awesome limited edition Portland Street Tees designed by Eric Miller (Dartmouth Clothing Co.)! #PortlandStreetProud

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    PARTY TIME: Opening Party Invite for 2

    An invite for you and a date to our awesome opening party. Complete with great food, refreshments, entertainment and lots of great people. This will be an opportunity for you to be one of the first people to see the new restaurant and sample new menu items! It's going to be the hottest ticket in town!

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