I had some appointments after work one day and decided to stop for dinner at The Hat Resto Pub in between appointments. I’ve been meaning to visit since they opened in October 2008, but there never seemed to be a right moment to pop in there until now.
The Hat is in the location of the original Silk Hat restaurant – an old greasy spoon diner that used to be the oldest restaurant in Edmonton and was open from 1912 until it closed in June 2007. Instead of the Silk Hat’s salisbury steak and liver and onions, however, the new Hat specializes in gourmet burgers.
The inside is very different from the old restaurant, yet at the same time it reminds you of the old place. The layout of the restaurant is similar to the old layout – the bar is in the same place, and the floor is the same, except refinished. It looks like they kept the old kitchen door too, which fits nicely with the brand new decor. I liked how they meshed the old with the new.