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Tango Nuevo

Last year it seemed our local food joints lining our downtown core were closing faster than they were coming in.  This left some Kingstonians a tad concerned when franchises, in particular Milestones and Jack Astor’s, moved in and started eating up the potential of our independent restaurants.  In a town

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Best of 2013: Mobile Sustainability

Our annual ‘best of’ series always tends to showcase our contributor’s latest gastronomic adventures, reinforcing Kingston’s enduring love affair with the local food scene.  2013 wasn’t any different, and as you may have noticed in our current review of the past year’s top trending stories, food trucks emerged as a

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Best of 2013: Local Restaurants Face New Kind of Competition

For a small city in between major centers, we sure are lucky to have such a wide variety of fresh, locally sourced restaurants.  The food scene in Kingston has thrived and this includes everything from smaller, ethnically diverse cuisine to gourmet restaurants, burgers and breakfast.  Most recently, we’ve seen an

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The State of… Downtown Sidestreets (Part 2 of 3)

Last week we revisited a topic that’s near and dear to the hearts of many Kingstonians: the ever-changing landscape of downtown Kingston, specifically lower Princess Street. In our original three part series that was published two years ago, we provided a snapshot of new, relocated and recently closed local businesses. 

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Hall Monitor: Pre-Summer Cleaning

Last night, city council, staff and the public gathered in City Hall for Kingston City Council meeting number 16-2013. The city has published the agenda and addeds online. The bulk of our meeting was fairly straight forward, by-the-books house-cleaning items. A handful of contracts for various services and software were

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Mobile Sustainability

Trailer fare has steered into a fresh new direction with an undeniable facelift, transforming your average chip trucks into slick mobile eateries as top chefs trade restaurant kitchens for the tight squeeze of mobile cooking quarters. Gone are the deep-fried chips and corndogs, in are gourmet dishes that you would

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Local Restaurants Face New Kind of Competition

Restaurant business is a tough business. Profit margins are low – often 10-15%, and costs are always increasing. They say that 1 in 4 restaurants that open will close within a year. In Kingston, the density of restaurants downtown is very high, and although the natural lifecycle of openings and

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#ygkChallenge: Enjoy KCFF!

Welcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary.

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Guide to the 12th Kingston Canadian Film Festival

The 12th annual Kingston Canadian Film Festival is just days away, and I’m struggling to contain my excitement. This year’s festival runs from March 1st until the 4th, and is jam packed with great Canadian films, shorts, workshops and parties where you can network with visiting filmmakers and fellow festival

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Guide to the 11th Kingston Canadian Film Festival

The 11th annual Kingston Canadian Film Festival is just one week away. This year’s festival runs from March 2nd until the 6th, boasting 19 films, 15 shorts, 5 workshops and 2 parties where you can get up close and personal with the visiting filmmakers and fellow festival goers.  Did I

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