New O&B Café Grill Opens


TORONTO — Oliver & Bonacini’s empire just grew with the recent launch of its Café Grill at Yonge and Front streets in the heart of Toronto.

The 14,500-square-foot space holds 230 people and certainly lives up to chef and co-owner Michael Bonacini’s wish to create a restaurant where — he tells Toronto Life — it’s “really easy to get in for a quick bite.”

Chef de cuisine Luke Kennedy is cooking up “global dishes with a modern bistro edge” for lunch and dinner. Think lamb and chicken burgers, giardiniera and chorizo pizza and sharing plates of buttermilk-battered onion rings and chicken and leek potstickers.

The design, a collaborative effort between Bonacini and Anacleto Design, offers an intimate feel within the restaurant, bar and on the patio that features a communal table. “We took a massive space and infused it with character, charm and charisma through art, lighting and texture,” says designer Lindsey Anacleto.

O&B has plans to open two more locations later this summer, both inside the new home of the Toronto International Film Festival, the Bell Lightbox.

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