TORONTO — Liberty Entertainment Group announced last week it is closing Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto, the internationally acclaimed restaurant in the financial district.
Despite being recognized as one of the world’s best restaurants and most recently for best designed restaurant on a global stage, Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto will not re-open at 19 Toronto St. The restaurant initially closed its doors on March 16 due to government-mandated closures related to COVID-19. It was unable to qualify for the various government support programs, as the annual payroll was more than $1.5 million and the gross monthly rent was more than $50,000. The heritage building that houses Don Alfonso 1890 is currently owned by a company based in China, who recently purchased the property for a condo development. This will result in a loss of close to 100 part-time and full-time jobs. The Liberty Entertainment Group is actively looking for a new location to re-open the concept in Toronto.
“It was truly an honour to have Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto recognized on a global stage with so many prolific awards,” says Nick Di Donato, president and CEO of Liberty Entertainment Group.
“I want to again thank Michelin-Star chefs Alfonso and Ernesto Iaccarino and the entire team at Don Alfonso 1890 Toronto for all we accomplished during the two years we were open. We’re working on new plans to re-open the concept in Toronto, as I feel strongly our culinary scene warrants something as unique as Don Alfonso 1890.”