One of the oldest restaurants of in Toronto expands this month for the first time in 90 years – and what we have known so far, it may well have been the wait.
The senator a small but mighty dinner tucked just around the corner from Yonge-Dundas Square, opens his own “chic French-inspired restaurant and wine bar” in just a few weeks.
Called, quite fittingly, “The Senator Winebar”, the new 24-seater dining room sits directly on top of the iconic Senator Restaurant on 249 Victoria Street – but it’s not just a second dinner.
The Winebar will serve as a live music venue led by Nicholas Jennings, led by Juno award-winning pianist Julian Fauth, every Friday and Saturday night.
“The music program, in addition to the beautifully restored, historic room, which dates from the 1860s will create a truly unique Toronto dining experience,” rea ds a press release for the new location .
“Guests are served dinner until 22:00 and see how the room turns into an old-fashioned late-night speakeasy.”
Dishes such as duck liver mousse, cavatelli gorgonzola and braised veal cheeks by chef Paul Laforet ( Ursa, The Drake Hotel) will highlight local products and seasonal tastes alongside desserts and cocktails from Steve Song (Canoe, Aria) and Italian mixologist Lorenzo Fattò Offidani respectively.
Cooler will still be the setting, with antique Parisian mirrors and doors, a Heintzman piano from the 1920s and a real Prohibition period bar imported from Cleveland.
The Senator Winebar is expected to open on March 15 with dinner from Thursday to Saturday and brunch from 9:30 am to 3 pm all weekend long.