Toronto is about to be home to a sprawling British-style pub at the bustling corner of Richmond and Peter streets. Called the Anne Boleyn, the new venture is headed up by Chantelle Gabino and the group behind Parts & Labour and is expected to open in February 2017.
Located at the bottom of Tableau Condos, this is going to be a big space with somewhere around 250 seats. That number could potentially swell in the summer if they manage to get permission to open a patio in the intrguing outdoor area under the table-top podium of the building (which seems like it would be the perfect place to drink in a rain storm).
According to a Toronto Star profile of Gabino, who's Parts & Labour's GM, the restaurant/bar will be outfitted with "plenty of brass and mohogany" and will even feature a library-like space. In other words, it will add a whole lot of warmth to a structure that right now lacks just that on the ground level.
From what can be gathered from the shell of the pub prior to renovations, architect Steven Fong will have plenty of opportunities to design a dramatic space, given the soaring ceilings and the floorplan. Don't expect a beer hall here. There's likely to be plenty of intimacy despite the size.
There's plenty of appetite for nouveaux pubs in Toronto, and based on the track record of the folks behind this one, you can expect it to be bursting at the seams when it opens its doors in a few months.
by Derek Flack via blogTO