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Coming soon to the Danforth: a totally non-Greek restaurant from Brassaii’s Chris Kalisperas

Chef Chris Kalisperas at last year’s Terroir symposium (Image: Renée Suen)

Chef Chris Kalisperas at last year’s Terroir symposium (Image: Renée Suen)

The Danforth can’t seem to shake its reputation as a stodgy dining destination, despite the efforts of trendy spots like Pizzeria Libretto and the short-lived Aravind. Now Chris Kalisperas, the current executive chef at Brassaii, is aiming to boost the neighbourhood’s culinary cred with The Forth, a massive new multi-level restaurant that’s set to open this spring at Danforth and Pape. At 8,000 square feet, the space will seat 150 and sprawl over two floors of a new building constructed above the National Bank at 629 Danforth Avenue. “We’re hoping to get people excited about eating on the Danforth again,” Kalisperas says.

Kalisperas’s background is Greek, but his new venture isn’t. “It’s not a Greek restaurant at all,” he says. Rather, the cuisine will be “contemporary Canadian,” with just a few Mediterranean influences. Along with a tight menu of apps and mains, Kalisperas plans to offer family-style meals, like whole chickens and dry-aged rib steaks, as well as a separate snack menu for the upstairs lounge. If all goes according to plan, The Forth will be open by mid-April.

  • YourRealityCheck

    Is this guy ok? You can’t compete with Zorba’s over there. Only if you put a name restaurant like Cheesecake factory can you attract business. Say bye bye to the money invested, I give it six months.

  • DerekPearce

    They haven’t even started the reno yet, I don’t think mid-April will be the opening date. But I look forward to them being in the neighbourhood!

  • gcee

    As a Danforth resident I look forward to dining there.

  • Zandra Johnson

    Stodgy? You are uninformed! The Dan hosts some of TO’s best – and most romantic restaurants, like Lolita’s Lust (an east side gem for over 16 years) and The Globe? As well as countless others. Wise up!

  • Alex Ross

    Finally something exciting and new on the Danforth. I love Greek food, but I’ve had it all before! It will be nice to see some of the West End rub off on to the East End. It’s about time! Opa!

  • Da Nic

    Lots of nice restaurants on the Danforth !!! …. But if you really want to try authentic Greek food try Athens Restaurant 707 Danforth the best of everything !!!!