A Peek at Toronto’s New Colette Grand Café

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After much fanfare and anticipation, Toronto’s Colette Grand Café opened in July, giving the burgeoning King West neighbourhood a touch of Parisian flair. Located in the Thompson Hotel, in the space that once housed Scarpetta Restaurant, the 5,000-sq.-ft. resto features 150 seats divided among an upscale dining room, café and bakery and a covered outdoor terrace.

Designed by Toronto’s Gianpiero Pugliese, with architecture by AudaxArchitecture, the restaurant features barrel vault ceilings, classic French café-style seating and hand-painted tile in traditional Parisian hues of blues, yellows and whites.

Colette’s menu celebrates modern French cuisine with dishes such as Duck Magret with roasted breast and crisp leg ($44); La Tour de Colette ($58 for two), comprising prepared and raw vegetables, crab, shrimp, mussels with aioli and bread sticks; as well as Shellfish Marinière ($34).

Owned by Chase Hospitality Group, partners Steve Salm (right), Michael Kimel and chef Michael Steh (far right) also operate The Chase, The Chase Fish & Oyster and Little Fin.

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Rosanna Caira is the editor and publisher of Kostuch Media’s Foodservice and Hospitality, and Hotelier magazines. In her capacity as editor of Canada’s two leading hospitality publications, Rosanna directs the editorial and graphic content of both publications, and is responsible for the editorial vision of the magazines, its five websites as well as the varied tertiary products including e-newsletters, supplements and special projects. In addition to her editorial duties, Rosanna also serves as publisher of the company, directing the strategic development of the Sales and Marketing, Production and Circulation departments. Rosanna is the face of the magazines, representing the publications at industry functions and speaking engagements. She serves on various committees and Boards, including the Board of Directors of the Canadian Hospitality Foundation. She is a recipient of the Ontario Hostelry’s Gold Award in the media category. In 2006, Rosanna was voted one of the 32 most successful women of Italian heritage in Canada. Rosanna is a graduate of Toronto’s York University, where she obtained a BA degree in English literature.