TORONTO — Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar has returned to Toronto’s financial district with the opening of its new flagship restaurant at the corner of Bay Street and Richmond Street West.
The 18,000-sq.-ft. space ushers the Canadian, family owned and operated establishment into its 65th year of operation. The new flagship builds on Hy’s classic menu and tableside experience with an expanded bar and lounge program.
Designed by Vancouver-based Elaine Thorsell and built by the team at Anjinnov Construction, each of the restaurant’s three levels offer a distinct experience. True to the brand’s heritage, a lush colour palette of rich greens and burnished golds; leather and velvet materials; and hand-crafted Mozambique millwork with burled Walnut details are paired with contemporary Canadian art; granite and metal accents; and large windows that open onto Richmond Street.
Anchored by a 35-foot wraparound bar, the main floor features eclectic groupings of booths, cocktail tables, club chairs and ottomans intended to encourage casual drop-ins. Upstairs, the white-linen dining room is bookended by elegant private spaces and a sophisticated whisky and champagne bar. In between, tables along the mezzanine overlook the action in the lounge below, while seating to the side and away allows quieter, more intimate dining. The lowest level features two exclusive private rooms, each with full bar and state-of-the-art technical accoutrements.
“The steakhouse is as much about the atmosphere as it is the menu. Hy’s is trusted for both and this is the heart of the new flagship on Bay Street,” says Neil Aisenstat, president and CEO, Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar. “With this spectacular new space we are celebrating the fact that for 65 years — 50 in Toronto — Hy’s has been known as the quintessential Canadian steakhouse, offering the highest quality of Alberta Prime steaks, classic cocktails and warm, professional service across the country.
Helmed by Hy’s veteran chef Saku Velummylum, the core menus remain constant, featuring the very best Canadian Prime steaks aged a minimum of 28 days and grilled to order, including the new 48-oz Tomahawk cut, as well as starters and sides, such as the signature Cheese Toast and Caesar salad prepared tableside. New additions to lunch, dinner and happy hour emphasize local produce and plant-based options, such as the Organic Vegan Bowl and Cauliflower Fritters.
Hy’s has five locations across Canada, including restaurants in Whistler, B.C., Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto.