King West

The Informer

Real Estate

5 Comments

Sale of the Week: the King West loft that shows what $1 million gets you downtown

toronto-sale-of-the-week-436-wellington-street-west-intro

Address: 436 Wellington Street West, Unit 301
Neighbourhood: King West
Agent: Dragi Dodevski, Royal LePage Your Community Realty, Brokerage

The Property: An elevator opens directly into the den of this hard loft, which features original exposed beam-and-brick walls throughout, as well as 10-foot ceilings. It occupies the entire south side of the Monarch Building’s third floor, granting it views to the south, east and west.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Dish

New Reviews

2 Comments

Review: Portland Variety is a low-key surprise on clubby King West

(Image: Jackie Pal)

(Image: Jackie Pal)

SEE ALL NEW REVIEWS
Portland Variety 2 star½
587 King St. W., 416-368-5151

This serene new tapas bar is a delightfully low-key surprise in the middle of the King West fracas. (Imagine the also-good Patria just up the street but without the ostentation and slavish devotion to Iberian purity.) Though you wouldn’t know it on first glance. The pristine white-on-gray room is decked out in neighbourhood-appropriate tufted leather banquettes and marble, and the servers sport hokey gingham shirts bound in old-timey suspenders, but beneath the trendy veneer is a refreshingly simple and down-to-earth Spanish(ish) menu.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Dish

Openings

4 Comments

Introducing: Portland Variety, the new tapas restaurant on King West from the owners of Le Gourmand

Name: Portland Variety
Neighbourhood: King West
Contact Info: 587 King St. W., 416-368-5151, @PortlandVariety
Owner: Ralf Madi and Milton Nunes of Le Gourmand
Chef: Jo Castrinos, formerly of Patria and Splendido

The Food: For sit-down meals in the restaurant’s dining room, chef Castrinos borrows from French, North African, Spanish and even Greek cuisine to create a menu of not-quite-traditional tapas plates, like grilled octopus with smoked tomatoes and a whole sliced rib eye served with caramelized onions. Casual snackers can pair their cocktails with a rotating selection of pinxtos (small Spanish snacks) in the front café area, where tiny skewered bites are artfully displayed on the marble bar.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Goods

Stores

6 Comments

Store Guide: Da Zoo, a King West boutique with an impressive lineup of avant-garde designers

Store Guide: Da Zoo
Name: Da Zo0
Sells: Avant-garde menswear, womenswear, accessories and shoes
Contact info: 613 King St. W., 416-792-5050, da-zooo.com
Hours: M-W 10-6, Th-F 10-8, Sa 10-6, Su 1-5
See it on a map »

Da Zoo, the new store from habitual boutique owner Peter Halpin, exemplifies the kind of cool, eccentric vibe that independent boutiques excel at and corporate-owned stores can never quite pull off. For the King West shop, Halpin teamed with another Toronto style stalwart, Jakub Szczepaniak, to find the right medley of established designers (Rick Owens Drkshdw, Vivienne Westwood, DSquared2) and lesser-known labels (Undercover by Jun Takahashi, Alexandre Plokhov and the insanely exclusive Geoffrey B. Small). A somewhat more reasonably-priced in-house line, 613 King, rounds out the mix.

Our favourite pieces have unique design details that, coupled with the taxidermy and oddities lining the walls, give the store a playful vibe. A pair of Maison Martin Margiela boots, for instance, have subtle reflective perforations that light up in flash photos ($1,250) and a rope-like scarf tapers into ends that looks like horse tails ($250). With Zeppelin pumping over the speakers and Bay Street wild-card Michael Wekerle as executive director, the shop exudes the swagger of an aging rocker—in the best way possible.

See inside »

Read the rest of this entry »

The Dish

Restaurants

4 Comments

Pizzeria Libretto and Porchetta and Co. to open side-by-side restaurants along King West’s trattoria-thon strip

 

Porchetta-LibrettoRemember when Pizzeria Libretto featured a delicious pizza inspired by Porchetta and Co.? Well, that moment of food nirvana is about to hit the city again, only in a much bigger way: Libretto and Porchetta are set to open new locations next door to each other on King West next year. Nick auf der Mauer (owner of Porchetta and Co.) and Max Rimaldi (co-owner of Pizzeria Libretto) have confirmed to us that they are expanding with separate restaurants that will be attached at the hip. The new restaurants will be located somewhere between Bathurst and Spadina, where there’s no shortage of competition—Buca, Buonanotte, Cibo Wine Bar, Gusto 101, Scarpetta and Tutti Matti are all within walking distance.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Informer

Real Estate

6 Comments

Condo of the Week: $780,000 for a two-storey loft in a former perfumery on King West

Condo of the Week: 833 King Street West, Penthouse 607

Address: 833 King Street West, Penthouse 607
Neighbourhood: Niagara
Agent: Elizabeth Machula and Chris Dawson. Re/Max Condos Plus Corp., Brokerage
Price: $779,900

The Place: A two-bedroom, two-level unit in a 1930s-era perfume factory at King and Niagara.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Informer

Real Estate

3 Comments

Quoted: David Mirvish can’t believe the city won’t embrace his Frank Gehry mega-development

(Image: George Pimentel/WireImage/Getty)

I’m bemused because I thought I would be welcome with open arms, and that there wasn’t a more appropriate place for this type of activity than this block on King Street.

David Mirvish, on the unproductive, year-long negotiations with city planners over his proposed condo mega-project designed by Frank Gehry. The city is balking at the King West development’s height and density, and the four heritage buildings that would have to come down to make way for it. Meanwhile, Mirvish says that downsizing the already tweaked designs would completely derail the architecturally ambitious project. Come January, Mirvish plans to appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board, which, given its pro-development reputation, we’re betting will give the proposal the green light. [Toronto Star]

The Informer

Real Estate

4 Comments

Condo Showdown: five Liberty Village units for under $550,000

Condo Showdown: Five condos in Liberty Village for around $500,000Liberty Village has morphed from an industrial dead zone into an enclave of concrete, glass and brick in just a few years. Since units are more affordable than in King West proper, the neighbourhood is popular with first-time buyers (young professionals also appreciate the proximity to necessities like a Starbucks, an LCBO, a grocery store, banks, pubs and trendy furniture stores). A budget of about $500,000 will easily cover a two-bedroom condo in one of the newer towers, but those set on a loft-style apartment will have to compromise on amenities or space (or both). Here, five properties recently on the market.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Informer

Real Estate

1 Comment

Photo: the new design for the Mirvish-Gehry condo complex on King West

The second wave of plans are in for the hugely ambitious Frank Gehry-designed, David Mirvish-financed condo complex on the block currently home to the Princess of Wales Theatre. The tweaks, which include a new, cloud-like podium made of glass and wood, are garnering positive reviews for their clearer, more fluid (and still very Gehry) vision, but are still a long way from being approved. Mirvish is still in negotiations with city planners, who want all three towers taken down by about 30 storeys and several heritage structures preserved. City staff expect to make their final recommendations in early 2014.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Dish

Restaurants

Comments

Former Origin chef Steve Gonzalez is opening a new place for Latin American street food on King West

(Image: Mishki Vaccaro)

Best known as the beloved class clown on season one of Top Chef Canada, Steve Gonzales, a former chef de cuisine at Claudio Aprile’s Origin, is starting his own restaurant in the 3000-square-foot space formerly occupied by Cheval nightclub. The Latin American spot is named Valdez and seats 120-140, plus a lounge area and rooftop patio. Gonzales spent the last two years doing pop ups and events (and winning the Guacamole Smackdown at the Drake Hotel), and Valdez is his first foray as a chef and restaurant owner. It’s scheduled to open at the end of the month. [The Grid]

The Informer

Business

Comments

Great Offices: a digital design agency’s ultra-playful King West digs

Great Offices: OneMethod

What: OneMethod, a digital design agency whose portfolio includes Wrigley, Moosehead, Nokia, Quiznos and Nestlé
Where: The early 1900s Krangle Building at King and Spadina
How Big: 5,700 square feet for a staff of 30

Read the rest of this entry »

The Dish

Openings

1 Comment

Introducing: PS by Prettysweet, a new custom cake shop and bakery on King West

Name: PS by Prettysweet
Neighbourhood: King West
Contact info: 848 King St. W., 647-352-3318, psbyprettysweet.com, @prettysweetlife
Owner and chef: Adjoa Duncan, a pastry chef who worked at Splendido, Senses and abroad before launching a custom cake business

Read the rest of this entry »

The Informer

Real Estate

6 Comments

Condomonium: $1.65 million for a parkside penthouse in developer Brad Lamb’s King West building

ADDRESS: 25 Stafford Street, Penthouse 906

NEIGHBOURHOOD: Niagara

AGENT: Brad Lamb, Brad J. Lamb Realty Inc.

PRICE: $1,654,000

THE PLACE: This two-level penthouse in the new Parc Lofts building faces Stanley Park, where the King West crowd often congregates for baseball games and puppy watching.

Read the rest of this entry »

The Dish

The Month That Was

1 Comment

The Month that Was: the Toronto restaurants and bars that opened and closed in December

Sang Kim’s new Yakitori Bar (Image: Gizelle Lau)

Opening

  • Yakitori Bar and Seoul Food Co.—Restauranteur Sang Kim (Ki, Blowfish) set an ambitious goal for himself: one restaurant, thirty days. It must’ve been too easy, because he ended up opening two, an izakaya and a Korean takeout joint. Read our Introducing post »
  • Hawthorne Food and Drink—Chef Eric Wood (Fabarnak) finds inspiration for Hawthorne’s menu in Toronto’s wide array of ethnic cuisines. Bonus: he also runs a paid training program for newly graduated cooks. Read our Introducing post »

Read the rest of this entry »

The Goods

Street Style

2 Comments

Year in Review: the 15 best street-style looks of 2012

Every two weeks, we go to a different neighbourhood, seeking Toronto’s best-dressed denizens and examining the diverse style sets that make up the city. This week, we look back on a year’s worth of outfits and pick our favourite 15. They run the gamut from subtle to attention-grabbing, ladylike to rockstar, retro to decidedly modern. All of them, however, share one important attribute: they are undeniably cool.

Read the rest of this entry »

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement