Historic Old Mill Toronto sold

Old Mill Toronto hotel entrance.

Old Mill Toronto hotel entrance.

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TORONTO — After 24 years owning and operating
the century-old landmark Old Mill Toronto, Lark Hospitality President Michael
Kalmar announced the sale of the iconic restaurant, 57-room hotel and banquet
complex to a respected asset and property management group directed by Frank De
Luca, long-time Etobicoke resident.

In a July 17 news release, Kalmar expressed
mixed emotions at “ending this chapter in the century-long ancestry of the Old
Mill Toronto.”

He said three things have made this property
what it is today:

“At the forefront were the visionaries,
risk-takers, and entrepreneurs who guided growth and transformation of the
ever- evolving complex throughout its existence — founder Robert Home Smith,
followed by the dynamic William Hodgson, and latterly, George and Michael
Kalmar, the father/son team who orchestrated the addition of a boutique hotel
and spa in 2001, and established the Home Smith Bar which has become one of the
city's most popular jazz venues.

“Of primary importance, too, has been the
generations of dedicated staff who have personified the value and importance of
customer service as a guiding principle of Old Mill policies from our earliest
beginnings. And our loyal customers, a multi-generational roster who have
enjoyed, and helped create the century of memorable experiences that enrich our
history.”

Commenting on acquisition of the Old Mill
Toronto and plans for its continuing operations, De Luca said it would be a
“seamless transition.” 

According to the release, “It will continue to
be operated with respect for the establishment's colorful heritage and a
commitment to maintaining  the integrity of its current standing in the
local, national, and global communities. The vision for the future will
reflect its celebrated history as a centre for the community.”