As if having three successful restaurants, a line of seafood products out at Sobeys and an upcoming cookbook wasn’t enough, Rock Lobster’s chef and owner Matt Pettit, who also runs country-western saloon Boots ‘n’ Bourbon in Riverdale, is once again expanding his local lobster-themed restaurant chain. We had the chance to interrogate Pettit about the newest Rock Lobster outlet, a 65-seat restaurant opening later this month at 1192 Queen East, formerly home to comfy nightspot The Curzon.
“I think it’s going to be great.” Pettit said. “It should be fun. It’ll bring, hopefully, another cool restaurant to the area.” The new spot won’t stray too far from the chain’s Ossington and Queen West locations, which means Leslievillers can look forward to more of the brand’s signature nautical decor and casual seafood dishes, like elaborately garnished Caesars, beachy steam pots and full lobster suppers on Sundays. The best part? The new restaurant will have three (that’s right, three) sizable patios: a street-side terrace, a back garden-style nook and an additional 20-seater flanking the building’s side—which will be licensed until 2 a.m.