A brand new Drake in downtown Toronto

TORONTO—After cryptic details were released about a new Drake outpost in downtown Toronto in early March, further information about a standalone concept in Toronto’s Financial District are out.

TORONTO—After cryptic details were released about a new Drake outpost in downtown Toronto in early March, further information about a standalone concept in Toronto’s Financial District are out. 

Drake One Fifty will open in the early summer at 150 York St. and Adelaide, in a former bank location.

The 6,000 square foot space will seat 175 people with the addition of a 70-seat patio. 

The space, which includes a dining room, bar and scaled-down version of the Drake General Store, was a collaboration between the Drake team and British designer Martin Burdnizki. 

The menu will be developed by newly appointed executive chef Ted Corrado (as reported in the April issue of CLN) who also oversees the other Drake properties, and Jennifer Von Schleinitz, who will be the new location’s general manager.

“Drake has always shown a genuine commitment to its food and beverage offerings, which have consistently been a source of deep pride for us,” Jeff Stober, CEO and founder of Drake Hotel Properties, said in a release. 

“Our new venture in the thriving core of downtown Toronto allows us to showcase our superb food and cocktail program as the headline act, with all the usual Drake cultural offerings backing it up,” he said.

These cultural offerings at Drake One Fifty will include permanent and rotating art collections. Mia Nielsen will curate the collection that, in its first year, will host an installation by Douglas Coupland, a Canadian author whose public art contributions spot the city. 

The restaurant will also feature performance space, a DJ area reminiscent of the Drake Underground, and projectors for video art. 

Drake Hotel Properties will be opening another location in 2013, the Drake Devonshire Inn in Prince Edward County. 

This first Drake installment outside of Toronto will be a boutique hotel in a restored historic building on the shores of Lake Ontario. Further details of the Drake Devonshire Inn have yet to be released.

Drake One Fifty, 150 York St., 

www.drakehotel.ca, @thedrakehotel.