Roaring Roosevelt


TORONTO – A new deal is being proposed to Toronto’s hipsters in the form of the new Roosevelt Room. The 1920s/1930s Hollywood-themed supper club/nightclub was certainly steeped in the appropriate art deco décor at a recent sneak peak event open to 400 industry and media types. The evening featured period painted murals, flapper-girl bar staff and a collection of appetizers and cocktails inspired by the meal served at the first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929.

Bite-sized versions of select menu items, created by renowned Toronto chef Trevor Wilkinson (Trevor Kitchen and Bar), were on-hand. The menu included steak tar-tar tacos, French onion soup shooters and tuna nicoise bites. What’s more, the team at another Toronto hotspot, Barchef, was brought in to create several signature cocktails and molecular beverage creations for the prohibition era drinks list, albeit with a modern twist.

The supper club — which officially opens November 7 — will serve dinner on tables that will be cleared off the dance floor in plenty of time for an evening of dancing.

With its unique blend of 1920s charm, haute-cuisine meets entertainment focus and an undeniable urban chic sensibility, the Roosevelt Room seems primed to attract Toronto’s swank set. Perhaps other neighbourhood establishments looking to cater to the same crowd now have more to fear than fear itself.


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