Home is backed by Josh Littlejohn, of the Social Bite sandwich shops, and Dean Gassabi, who owns the Maison Bleue restaurants.
It will provide training and employment programmes for members of the Social Bite Academy, a four-year paid course for homeless people.
The restaurant is on Queensferry Street in the capital’s west end.
Lisa Delong was at Black Rock Beach in Point Pleasant Park on Sunday morning with her dog Nellie, a Labrador and Weimaraner mix.
Nellie swam out of the beach, into Halifax Harbour, then turned into the Northwest Arm and swam in circles for about an hour.
“I could see that she seemed to be confused. She started swimming up the middle of the arm,” said Delong.
People from the shore started calling out to Nellie and making calls to a nearby yacht club to see if they could help. Delong said her dog appeared to be tired and confused.
Bev Sweetnam, who was at Point Pleasant Park at the time, said a man was walking by with his dog, saw what was happening and jumped in to help.
“He just said, ‘I’m going out for the dog’ and he took his shirt off and stuff out of his pockets,” said Sweetnam.
Delong said the next thing she knew, the man — Adam Parker — was in the water swimming out to Nellie and redirecting her to come to shore.
“He must have been swimming for about 20 minutes,” she said.
Sweetnam said Parker swam into the middle of the Northwest Arm and “he was able to corral the dog and kind of herd the dog back into shore.”
“It was amazing. The guy was fantastic,” she said.
Delong said people applauded Parker once he caught his breath back on the shore.
Delong says Nellie was tired but otherwise fine following the rescue. She said there’s no question her dog wouldn’t have found her way back to shore without Parker.
“He really saved the day. He saved my dog’s life.”