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Ernest's at NAIT, Edmonton, AB
Ernest's at NAIT, Edmonton, AB
Ernest's at NAIT, Edmonton, AB
Ernest's at NAIT, Edmonton, AB
Ernest's at NAIT, Edmonton, AB

Ernest's at NAIT

4.8
4.8
1343 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Global, International
Ernest's Dining Room at NAIT has been aptly described as the "jewel in the crown" of Hokanson Centre for Culinary Arts in the School of Skilled Trades. Ernest's decor is described as "understated elegance". Tasteful compliments of cherry wood and brass highlights, a beautiful rock feature wall, muted lighting and attention to detail provide the room with a distinct corporate ambience. Critically acclaimed and numerous accolades identify the "haute cuisine" prepared by second year Culinary Arts diploma students as "outstanding". OpenTable diners voted Ernest's top 100 in Canada for two consecutive years. Seasoned chef instructors emphasize the importance of using high quality local regional products. Mastery of traditional cookery combined with contemporary artistry has resulted in a truly electric cuisine. Elegant service is provided by eager Culinary and Hospitality students. An emphasis on etiquette and authenticity is encouraged through the guidance of professional mentors.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Global, International, Contemporary American, Contemporary European
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Thu 11:15 am–12:15 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:30 pm Dinner Tue–Fri 5:30 pm–7:15 pm
  • Phone number
    (780) 471-8676 ext. 1
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Culinary Instructors & 2nd yr students
  • Private party facilities
    Ernests at NAIT offers a unique opportunity to have our Culinary Arts students provide an outstanding service by booking one of our semi-private room (up to 25 guests), a private room (up to 40-60 guests), or the entire restaurant buyout (up to 50-100 guests).
  • Private party contact
    Tanya Wright: (780) 471-8676
  • Neighborhood
    Edmonton
  • Cross street
    118 Ave and 106 Street
  • Parking details
    Our AM guests must pay for parking in Lot C or A/B Parkade (Across the street from Ernest's) by using the honk app. For our evening guests parking is free in parking Lot C but you must register your vehicle upon arrival at the host desk.
  • Public transit
    There is a Public Transit stop at the corner of 106th Street and 118th Avenue, as well as a Stop at Kingsway Garden Mall and LRT -NAIT stop: Ernest's is located at the North end of the school
  • Entertainment
    During the school year Ernest's is a venue for a variety of "special events" allowing students to demonstrate creativity while interacting with the community. The Toque Demagny Scholarship Dinner, Young Culinarians Conquering Cancer, Team NAIT and Le club Culinaire fundraisers, etc... provide students with the opportunity to challenge their personal and professional bests. We also feature wine dinners with regional wines paired to perfection with our students culinary creations.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,343 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Edmonton / Northern Alberta

    Best Overall

  • Edmonton / Northern Alberta

    Best Value

  • Edmonton / Northern Alberta

    Innovative

  • Edmonton

    Best Overall

  • Edmonton

    Best Value

  • Edmonton

    Innovative

1,343 Reviews
  1. foodiechick

    Edmonton

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful anniversary lunch here because they were fully booked for dinner reservations. I actually forgot that I mentioned it was our anniversary so we were surprised to get to our table and find a complimentary card, bottle of prosecco, mini box of handmade chocolates (3) and a free Ernests Chef's Apron! Such a lovely touch and above and beyond what anyone else does these days for special occasions. Our lunch was delicious and we were treated like royalty. My only wish is that we could attend this restaurant year round! These culinary students are top notch! Bravo!

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  2. EstherT

    Calgary

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing place to eat especially with the lunch special! Highly recommend.

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  3. rogerio

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    All staff were very friendly and attentive to their tasks when providing service to the patrons. Daria, our server was well informed regarding items on the menu and was delightful while she was working. The food was artistically presented and all items ordered were delicious, as expressed by all four of us at our table. Well done! We will be back again soon.

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  4. CaTs

    Edmonton

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My sister and brother-in-law both had the Arctic char and I had the short ribs. Delicious! Ashe was our server and she was very good!

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  5. zzzzzz

    Edmonton

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food looks fancy. Tastes ok. Service is very good. Resonable price.

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  6. SharonF

    Edmonton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food. Looking forward to my next visit.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We visited Ernest’s for dinner and each ordered three courses off the a la carte menu. We enjoyed the amuse bouche as well as the palate cleanser in between courses. One of our favourite items was the cheese cracker included in the bread basket. All of the food came out beautifully presented. The fish dish was a little underdone however once notified the kitchen cooked it to perfection and served it with some new sides. Service was a little slow at times however we realize that the students are working hard and learning each day so it wasn’t a big deal. Portions are a good size and priced well. Overall a nice dining experience!

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  8. CarolL

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This was a great night out. The food was excellent. Complements to the chef(s). Also to the dessert chef. We were a table of four, each chose a different dessert and each enjoyed. We will definitely will book another night out.

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  9. Ruby

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Food was amazing, perfectly cooked and the presentation was lovely! Desserts were delicious. Highly recommend coming here for lunch or dinner.

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  10. Angel2014

    Edmonton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend Ernest’s to anyone interested in classically prepared dishes with wonderful presentation.

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  11. Tina

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a great experience! As a person who loves to try new foods and flavors I relished the differences and contrasts in every bite! And, it was not as expensive as I had expected. We will definitely be going back next spring

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  12. Alex

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The entire experience was lovely! The service and food were fantastic. It was a little chilly in the dining room but overall we had a really great experience.

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  13. Danielle

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    As a former NAIT student myself, I was very impressed with the level of sophistication throughout the night. From the first greeting right until the end, everything was just so. Although some of the flavours were beyond the scope of my palette, I thoroughly appreciated the creativity, innovation and genuine talent of these new Chefs. We'll definitely be visiting again soon.

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  14. ChristineB

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The entire experience from the hospitality staff , service , food was excellent!!

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  15. SanjayS

    Edmonton

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We visited Ernest's for dinner after many months. The restaurant wasn't full, but the dining room had the same simple, but inviting vibe. Our server was friendly and professional in explaining the dinner and drink options. The mocktail and the old fashioned tasted the way they should, and our appetizers (salmon tartare and smashed cucumber smeared with skyr and fresh vegetables) delectable. The mains arrived shortly after our palette cleansing sorbetto. We both had the flank steak with steamed broccoli and other veggies, and a peppercorn sauce which was fantastic. We finished our meal with a dark chocolate gateaux that was not too sweet and fresh. All in all another fantastically satisfying meal at Ernest's, a place that we are going to miss when we leave Edmonton next month.

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  16. Eeeka

    Edmonton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely lunch! the restaurant was not real busy, the food was wonderful and the service was excellent! We will definitely be back!

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  17. JamesT

    Edmonton

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was a bit clumsy but they tried hard. Food was creative but they didn't pull it all off. Prices were fair. Will definitely try again. Maybe dinner instead of lunch.

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  18. Ruzy

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The student-staff were excellent! We took the set menu, and the pastry students also showed us the dessert options on a cart and described them to us. We also got a rose because it was Valentine's Day weekend. This was the best value dinner we have ever had.

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  19. michaelmarc

    Edmonton

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A "perfect" evening. From the dining room to service to the fabulous food. Presentations were impressive as well. Terrific staff. We also loved the desert cart. I would certainly recommend this gem to anyone. Can't beat the price for 5-star dining.

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  20. JureenL

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was lovely! The food was so well seasoned, and perfect! The desert cart was such a wonderful touch! I loved talking with the pastry student. Our server Cindy was lovely. Informative, attentive, and kind! 🖤 I would go here every week if I could! 🖤

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  21. Angie

    New York City

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a great evening at Ernests. Great service and the salmon I ordered was cooked to perfection. Took some first time visitors from out of town and they were very impressed.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was incredible and definitely worth it. Will definitely go again.

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  23. TracyF

    Edmonton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best of the best! Food is amazing, staff are fabulous and the value is incredible ♥️

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  24. betad

    Vancouver

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always delicious meals. Relaxed atmosphere and great service. Priced well below other high end restaurants

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  25. Jakeskitchen

    Vancouver

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner. Our server Tron was excellent. There was a rose waiting for me on the table and the dessert cart with all the goodies made it tough to choose. Also the wine selection and price just can’t be beat. See you next time

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  26. AbdulR

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service Outstanding food Great ambiance Good value Definitely will visit again soon Thank u

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  27. lindan

    Edmonton

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great lunch at Ernest’s. The service was good and the food was awesome. Really good value. My only complaint would be having to pay $12.50 to park (evening parking is free). We also had to drive around a few times to get a spot.

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  28. Dennis

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food & service. It’s always a treat dining at Ernest.

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  29. kathyj

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our group of 4 colleagues were newbies at this diner. We had lunch, we all happened to order different foods and everyone was more than pleased with their selections. The staff all around were very friendly and pleasant. Can't wait to go back and try other items!!!!

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  30. RikeE

    Calgary

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent!!! Trying to get into the lunch buffet now :).

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  31. NYGfan

    Edmonton

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are 4 former NAIT employees who celebrated our birthdays and friendship with lunch at Ernest’s. Everything we ordered was top notch…well presented and wonderful tasting. The service was very attentive and patient. We especially liked the music quietly playing in the background, enabling us to talk and enjoy our meal. So often we have to ask for the volume to be lowered but Ernest’s understands the whole point of enjoying a meal is not just the food but the conversation. It was a special experience that we would recommend to anyone.

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  32. PartyOf5

    Calgary

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was delicious - the mushroom soup was unforgettable. The staff were very attentive. Drink + appetizer + entree + dessert + tax + gratuity = only $60 per person. Ernest’s is one of our favorite spots to celebrate!

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  33. Clement

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Ernest’s was a wonderful experience for a dinner date. The staff were extremely friendly, and catered to our dietary restrictions with professionalism. Their food was both beautiful and delicious.

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  34. Anne

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed our time at Ernest's. The food and service were great.

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  35. ShaunaL

    Edmonton

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love coming here for the experience. The food is amazing and so original!

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  36. TimB

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was tasty; good presentation. Staff was friendly.

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  37. BobbyT

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic!!! Great food, great service, great value! I don't need much more than that. The students are working hard and trying their best to ensure you have a great meal. They went above and beyond for our anniversary dinner and all I had to do was note that it was our anniversary when I made my reso on line. Will definitely be back.

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  38. ValerieR

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere and meal. Great to see the students learning the industry.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a great restaurant. We will for sure be back!

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  40. JenniferB

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, excellent service. I definitely plan to go again. The students, instructors, and staff do a fabulous job.

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FAQs

Ernest's at NAIT offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (780) 471-8676 ext. 1.

Ernest's at NAIT is rated 4.8 stars by 1343 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Ernest's at NAIT

10701 118 avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5G 2R1

Additional information

  • Cross street
    118 Ave and 106 Street
  • Neighborhood
    Edmonton
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Thu 11:15 am–12:15 pm Fri 11:00 am–12:30 pm Dinner Tue–Fri 5:30 pm–7:15 pm
  • Price
    CAN$31 to CAN$50
  • Cuisines
    Global, International, Contemporary American, Contemporary European
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Our AM guests must pay for parking in Lot C or A/B Parkade (Across the street from Ernest's) by using the honk app. For our evening guests parking is free in parking Lot C but you must register your vehicle upon arrival at the host desk.
  • Public transit
    There is a Public Transit stop at the corner of 106th Street and 118th Avenue, as well as a Stop at Kingsway Garden Mall and LRT -NAIT stop: Ernest's is located at the North end of the school
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Culinary Instructors & 2nd yr students
  • Entertainment
    During the school year Ernest's is a venue for a variety of "special events" allowing students to demonstrate creativity while interacting with the community. The Toque Demagny Scholarship Dinner, Young Culinarians Conquering Cancer, Team NAIT and Le club Culinaire fundraisers, etc... provide students with the opportunity to challenge their personal and professional bests. We also feature wine dinners with regional wines paired to perfection with our students culinary creations.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (780) 471-8676 ext. 1
  • Private party facilities
    Ernests at NAIT offers a unique opportunity to have our Culinary Arts students provide an outstanding service by booking one of our semi-private room (up to 25 guests), a private room (up to 40-60 guests), or the entire restaurant buyout (up to 50-100 guests).
  • Private party contact
    Tanya Wright: (780) 471-8676
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