Saturday, May 3, 2008

opening soon!

Sorry I've been MIA for the last's been a crazy week, but I'm happy and super excited to announce that our brand spanking new restaurant, Grace, will be open as of this tuesday!

My sweetie, D, will be heading up the kitchen as chef, our great friend D as his sous, with lil' ol me dishing out desserts and cheese. Grace, named after the owner's grandmother, will be serving up modern farmhouse fare; comfort classics that remind you of your favourite sunday dinners, done up clean and light. Think braised short ribs with house-made bbq sauce, sweet potato and creamy coleslaw, house smoked trout with fingerling potatoes and green beans, roast leg of lamb with fava beans and roasted sunchokes, and for dessert, old fashioned mini apple pies with roasted cinnamon ice cream and Jacked (as in Daniels) caramel....

The owners actually come from a family of farmers and apple growers, and so we'll be doing them proud by using everything fresh and local that we can get our hands on; D just came back from an overnight trip foraging for wild ramps, and lucky me, I've been gorging myself this week on some great Ontario and Quebec cheeses (research purposes, of course) to put on our cheese menu.

Here are some before and after photos, just to preview - much more info to come!

The previous incarnation was a modern resto-supper-club-fusion-champagne-lounge...

pretty details

so much cleaning to do!

the makeover in progress...

reclaimed butcher block style table tops, waiting for cast iron bases

the inner courtyard is much light!

slowly but surely, the details are coming together...

um, for mise only...and a shot of courage when the sleepies set in!

tah dah!

Pictures of L's family, which include Grace's wedding photos, line the walls.

The courtyard all dressed up!

the master plan. it was late...don't ask. :)

Grace Restaurant
503 College Street
Toronto ON M6G 1A5 (still under construction...coming soon!)


  1. congratulations and best wishes for Grace. If I lived closer than 3000 miles away, I'd already be making plans to dine with you.

  2. Looks beautiful!
    I can't wait to visit :)

  3. Awesome! I am so happy for you guys! The restaurant looks wonderful! If I lived any closer I'd be there in a flash!
    I wanted to ask you a question but could not find your email address: I am writing an article for FoodieView on summer and outdoor friendly desserts and was wondering if I could reference your S'mores cupcakes as well as posting their picture in the article, with a link back to your blog of course. Let me kno either way!

  4. congratulations! and all the very best with Grace! If lived closer by, I'd love to try it out - love the decor! :)