Restaurant Development & Design

MAR-APR 2018.

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M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 8 • r e s t a u r a n t d e v e l o p m e n t + d e s i g n • 3 3 Victor Restaurant Victor Restaurant opened in 2017 in Le Germain Hotel in the heart of the SoKi (South of King) neighborhood after an extensive renovation. Conceptualized by Toronto-based DesignAgency, it serves approachable classics in an American- style brasserie. The 60-seat restaurant features an open floor-plan with a two-story glass-walled dining room and an intimate coffee and breakfast cafe. A 700-square-foot twisted gold metal light fixture hangs over peacock-blue leather banquettes. White walls further the bright aesthetic of the space. Antique bronze accents, frosted amber mirrors, playful concrete tiling and soft green tabletops add to the modern brasserie ambience. Images courtesy of Le Germain Hotel Figo Nestled between the Entertainment and Fashion Districts in downtown Toronto, Figo is a bright, modern, 2,100-square-foot Italian res- taurant with a 1,100-square- foot patio. Floor-to-ceiling windows flood the interior with natural light, but a custom-designed floral print was applied to the glass to soften the light coming in. A large fresco- like floral ceiling application repeats the motif and adds a romantic touch. The open kitchen is framed by 4,000 hand-laid tiles across a Romanesque archway. The bar is backed by decanters and speckled mirrors, and a cathedral-style wine cabinet continues the Italian-inspired architectural touches. Seating is a mix of low-backed plush leather sofas and curved, geometric white chairs. Tables are a mix of wood and glass. Images courtesy of Studio Munge KŌST at Bisha Hotel KŌST, which opened in September 2017, is a massive, 7,728-square-foot, 200-seat rooftop restaurant on the 44th floor of Bisha Hotel. The design team — Studio Munge partnered with Wallman Architects, Scope Interior Design, and FF&E Design and Procurement — worked to create an energetic design for the party-centric space. The restaurant has a beach house aesthetic and menu inspired by the Baja Peninsula. Warm wood adorns the walls and adds texture to the ceiling via custom oak trellises. The bar is topped and sided with panels of marble in varying shades, from tropical peach to ivory and seafoam green. Rose- tinted glass shelves float over the bar and hold liquor and glassware. Custom-made seating includes barstools with muted apricot velvet upholstery and rounded oak frames, woven rattan chairs, and ivory banquettes with orange de- tailing. The indoor dining area is surrounded by a 92-foot operable glass wall system that erases the line between the inside and the 4,257-square-foot terrace, which includes a rooftop pool with the hotel logo on its floor. Images courtesy of Studio Munge

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