TORONTO — The Hyatt Regency Toronto was packed with bar owners yesterday who gathered to receive certificates and awards for their participation in Best Bar None (BBN), a Mississauga, Ont.-based accreditation program for responsible alcohol service in Ontario.
The Second Annual Best Bar None Awards were preceded by the presentation of more than 30 certificates to foodservice operations who participate in third-party audits to ensure compliance. Subsequently, seven awards were handed out to the following operators:
Wayne Gretzky’s (Best Overall)
Wayne Gretzky’s (Best Bar/Lounge)
The Air Canada Centre (Best Restaurant)
Crocodile Rock (Best Club)
Fionn MacCool’s on Front Street (Best Pub)
The Spoke Club (Best Members Club)
InterContinental Toronto Centre on Front Street (Best Hotel)
“These establishments have proven they deserve to receive these awards for the high standards they have established. They all serve liquor responsibly and reduce the potential for alcohol-related issues. They make Toronto safer and more attractive to visit and are building positive relationships with industry partners, law enforcement and the community at large,” said Tony Elenis, president and CEO of the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel and Motel Association.
Effective July 1, interested operators will have access to an updated application process. The process has been streamlined with drop-down boxes, a BBN renewal form and the addition of a People’s Choice award next year.
Meanwhile, this year BBN was introduced in Ottawa’s ByWard Market.