Tuesday March 17th, 2020
To our Valued Diners and Guests,
To support Alberta Health Service’s aggressive measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta, and the City of Calgary recent declaration of a Local State of Emergency, we have made a difficult but necessary decision.
Rouge will be closing temporarily, effective immediately.
This is an unprecedented situation and as a result this is the toughest decision we have made as business owners. We have made this decision in the interest of the health of our employees, patrons and the community at large.
Like people everywhere, we hope this crisis is short lived and we can welcome you back as a valued member of our Rouge family.
Looking forward to serving you soon,
Olivier Reynaud & Paul Rogalski
Less than a ten-minute drive from downtown and on the Bow River, Rouge occupies, the historic Cross House in Inglewood.
Inglewood is Calgary’s oldest neighbourhood, established adjacent to Fort Calgary in 1875. 9th Avenue South East, formerly named Atlantic Avenue, became the Calgary’s first authentic main street. Today, Inglewood is a vibrant, eclectic and ever-evolving arts and culture district with more than one hundred shops, boutiques and eateries.
Built in 1891 by A.E. Cross, the Brewery House was home to the Cross family for decades and is now designated as a Calgary, Municipal and Alberta Provincial Heritage Site.
Cross was one of the West’s most prominent cattlemen. In 1892 he founded the Calgary Brewing and Malting Co., the first brewing company in western Canada. He was one of the city’s “Big Four”, one of the original founders of The Calgary Stampede
Our very personable owners Olivier Reynaud and Chef Paul Rogalski met in the mid-90s. They discovered mutual respect for each other’s professional abilities and experience, and a common dream of using their vast restaurant experience to create their own fine dining establishment in Calgary. The dream was for a restaurant that would showcase the best cuisine and service that Calgary had ever experienced by tapping into their cumulative 38 years of international experience and provide them with the opportunity to be really chatty with their patrons!
Olivier and Paul have independently cultivated their skills and culinary perspective in nine different countries. They knew if they could take the best in service and food preparation from their experiences, they could dazzle patrons, food critics and food writers, alike. They have. In May of 2001 Olivier and Paul combined their tremendous experience to create The Cross House Restaurant, and in April 2003 introduced us to ROUGE – At The Cross House.
Since the formation of their partnership, they have enjoyed outstanding reviews. It’s more than just the critics who are taking notice, though. Calgarians are making ROUGE a part of their Calgary culinary scene.