TORONTO — Jump, Oliver and Bonacini’s iconic Toronto restaurant, is set to close for renovations March 16.
“It’s time. The restaurant has been running almost 20 years non-stop,” said Michael Bonacini, partner, Oliver and Bonacini Restaurants. “We’re closing the restaurant for four weeks and working like crazy to get it done.”
The $1-million reno by Toronto’s DeSignum Design will focus on the dining room. “The bar will get a minor facelift, [but] the dining room will undergo a more significant change — it’ll be warm, inviting and comfortable,” said Bonacini. The designers are striving for texture, incorporating polished wood tables, Cognac-coloured leathers as well as black and sepia tones. And, sustainable materials will be at the forefront with energy-efficient washroom fixtures, reclaimed wormy maple, Zebrano veneer and pre-owned kitchen equipment.
And, the kitchen is getting a refresh of sorts, too, with news a new chef will be announced soon. “We’re welcoming a very talented chef, so the menu will definitely continue to grow and feature some exciting new dishes.” While classic dishes will remain, a new bourbon and whisky list will be offered, influencing the flavour profile of some entrées.
The renovation will reduce the restaurant dining-room capacity by 10 seats, while the private dining room increases to accommodate larger parties.
Jump is scheduled to reopen April 15.