The Place: A three-bedroom row house on one of the most desirable streets in Yorkville.
Anyone who’s been grieving the loss of Yorkville’s longstanding rooftop bar can breathe a sigh of relief: the patio formerly known as Remys Yorkville is finally reopening, albeit in modified form. Now called Montage, the building at 115 Yorkville Avenue has been turned into a fancy restaurant and lounge with designated members-only areas, access to which can apparently be purchased for a hefty annual fee. The restaurant won’t be open until later this year, but the revamped rooftop area—complete with private cabanas and bottle service—officially “premiered” last weekend, just in time for the end of TIFF and the beginning of autumn. As for the overall vibe, the Montage website offers this: “Fly to the moon and play among the stars up on this vast rooftop space limited only by our Yorkville neighbours and your imagination. Sit, stir or be stirred; the choice is yours.” So, there you have it. Judging by some other aspects of the website, guests can also expect lots of quasi-Roman symbology and sexy ladies smoking cigars.
Montage, 115 Yorkville Ave., 416-968-9429, montageyorkville.com
The Place: An unfurnished, three-bedroom unit for rent in Yorkville’s No. 10 Bellair Residences. In 2012, we featured a lower penthouse in the building.
Of all neighbourhoods in Toronto, one would think Yorkville would have the means to keep a few sidewalk trees fed and happy, but evidently not. A few days ago, the Star’s Jack Lakey pointed out the obvious: “Half the trees on the north side [of Bloor] have withered,” he wrote, “while about a third of the trees on the south side have given up the fight.” Lakey spoke to Toronto urban forestry manager Dean Hart, who theorized that the die-off was caused by this year’s unusually harsh winter, and particularly all the salt that was scattered on Yorkville’s sidewalks to combat the freeze.
That can’t be the whole story, though, because the poor condition of Yorkville’s foliage also attracted some notice back in 2012, when the Globe reported that many of the strip’s London plane trees, installed as part of a lengthy sidewalk-improvement project that was completed in 2011, were already totally bare of leaves and tangled up with stray plastic bags. The tree problems are especially perplexing because the Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area invested in some fancy technology specifically to prevent this outcome. The tree planters between Bay and Church streets are outfitted with Silva Cells, special subterranean soil containers designed to give tree roots plenty of room to spread. But trees can’t live on money alone, we guess.
Address: 41 Berryman Street
Agent: Jonathan Ferrier, Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd., Brokerage
The Place: A brand-new backsplit filled with modern touches (zinc cladding, a home-automation system and a Scavolini kitchen, to name just a few), located steps from the Mink Mile.
In the annals of Toronto NIMBYism, this one is destined to become a classic. In a clever inversion of the usual script (wherein pitchfork-waving townsfolk complain about a developer’s plan to tear down an old building), some Yorkville residents are objecting to a businessman’s bid to move a heritage building into their community.
The Good Press claims to make “Toronto’s freshest cold-pressed juices”—a fairly grandiose claim, given the number of cold-press specialists currently making similar promises around the city. (For the uninitiated, most modern-day juicers believe that “cold-pressing” fruits and vegetables—i.e. grinding them into a messy pulp and then squeezing the juice out by applying huge amounts of pressure—preserves more nutrients than giving them a whir in a traditional juicer.) Owners Leila and Andrew Ois have a history on Toronto’s health-food scene: they’ve been hocking tempeh steaks and nutritional juices at Dufferin Grove’s Sunshine Wholesome Market since 2007. Befitting the chi chi address, their new shop has a more upmarket, boutique-y feel, but the menu of made-to-order smoothies and vegetable elixirs will be familiar to Sunshine fans. Also available: veggie wraps, slightly scary-sounding “live energy shots” made with things like ginseng and turmeric, and five different bowls layered with fruit, granola and açai, the superfood of the moment.
Suitsupply has concept shops all over the world, but this is the Dutch menswear brand’s Canadian debut. The new shop is housed in a posh Yorkville mansion, but vice president Nish de Gruiter is quick to stress that it’s “not your Dad’s suit store.” He’s right: between the mood lighting and the bikini-clad models on the wall, the place has a cool-guy vibe that’s sure to resonate with Yorkvillers and King West ad execs alike. Read the rest of this entry »
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Loding, a Parisian boutique with 15 locations in the French capital alone, brings a distinctly European brand of refined ease to Yorkville’s menswear scene. French owners Julien and Marie Moga partnered with Toronto-based Yannick Bigourdan for the company’s first North American store, and are looking to appeal to “the simple man mentality.”
In this edition of The Weekender, tropical ice sculptures, an industrial bazaar and three more things to do in Toronto this weekend.
Winter Beer Fest
Drown February blues in copious amounts of craft beer at this Danforth bar’s annual festival, featuring breweries like Junction Craft, Granite Brewery, Flying Monkeys and West Avenue Cider. There will also be snacks from The Blade and Butcher, and tunes from local bands like The Condor Boys. Feb. 21—Feb. 22. Entrance is free, tasting tickets are $1 each. The Only Cafe, 972 Danforth Ave., theonlycafe.com
Bloor Street shoppers who were pumped for Saks Fifth Avenue to re-vamp The Bay’s tired Yorkville space will have to put up with the department store’s drab concrete exterior a while longer. In a puzzling move, Hudson’s Bay has decided to forgo plans to open Saks at Bloor and Yonge. The company has instead opted to enter into a deal with Cadillac Fairview to sell its Queen Street flagship for $650 million and buy back the lease, bringing the city’s first Saks to the downtown property. The 150,000 square-foot, multi-floor Saks is slated to share the plot with the existing Canadian department store, but the exact division of space is yet unclear. Read the rest of this entry »
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