Compass Group Canada Pulls Plug on C5 Restaurant at ROM


TORONTO — Toronto’s C5 restaurant inside the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) will be closed at month’s end after its restaurant operator, Compass Group Canada, re-evaluated its commitment to the foodservice operation.

Kathy Salazar, Compass Group Canada, explains. “Compass Group Canada recently determined to re-evaluate its foodservice operations at the museum. Subsequently, Compass notified the ROM it would terminate its agreement to operate C5,” she said in an email to F&H.

“In response, the ROM issued a RFP [request for proposal] for a new restaurant operator. However, as only one bid was received, and the ROM would like to consider multiple options, the RFP will be retendered later this year.” Despite reaching out to 120 potential vendors and soliciting proposals from the public, the Toronto Star reports only one bid was produced.

So, according to an online announcement from the ROM, C5 Restaurant/Lounge will temporarily close May 1. The web post doesn’t indicate what will become of the once-lauded restaurant leaving many to speculate on its future. Chef Ted Corrado, who ran the restaurant during and after its debut, told The Toronto Star, “This is hopefully a little hiccup — they need to get a restaurant in there.”

The closing comes not long after chef Corbin Tomaszeski was hired to revitalize the menu. ROM reps report that C5 will remain available for catered events and is expected to re-open prior to the new year.

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