After ten years of hosting guests and travelers from all over the world at our West Queen West HQ, Drake has come to be known as an energetic hub for dining and hospitality as well as visual and performance art. Our first restaurant outpost moves our brand eastward to Toronto’s bustling Financial District and, of course, will extend our mandate for all things Drake. Meet Drake One Fifty; a chip off the old block, or simply put, Drake without beds: Food. Drink. Art.
Nestled in an early 1980s postmodern building, our new space intersects contradictions of high and low, new and old, making it the perfect platform to highlight our food offerings created by Chef Ted Corrado and his team. Expect to find numerous unique dishes created especially for our new restaurant, as well as signature items from our original West Queen West kitchen, all paired with an award-winning cocktail program, premium draught beers and a carefully curated wine list. Whether you’re enjoying a power lunch on our street-level patio, getting cozy in a booth before a performance at a venue nearby or indulging in late night snacks while watching a live performance at Drake One Fifty, our classic dishes with inventive twists will always make your belly smile.
Just as Drake One Fifty’s food program adheres to our style of contemporary-meets-classic, the design of the remodeled space stays true to the instantly recognizable visual Drake identity. Décor fixtures fill the space; highlights include a 60 foot oval marble bar and a Brothers Dressler-designed wooden pergola, a mixture of postmodern leather booths, a wall of New York warehouse, steel-framed windows and handmade geometric Moroccan tiles. Each element perfectly compliments our curated permanent and temporary art collections. Those collections include site specific installations by Douglas Coupland and Micah Lexier to name a few heralded artists whose work will appear in the new space. Inspired by modern take on historic brasseries and taverns, the restaurant will also feature Drake's popular artist-in-residence program, a small performance and DJ space reflecting the vibe of the Underground music venue at the Drake Hotel, and even multiple projectors showcasing custom video art. On your way out, be sure to visit our micro Drake General Store to take home a curious treasure of your own. Of course, you can also take a snap shot of your visit with our retro photo booth, a sister to our famed West Queen West original.
We’re so excited about our first outpost, Drake One Fifty, which represents a significant moment of growth for a local Queen Street West institution with sincere ambitions to represent its roots proudly wherever it goes next. We can’t wait to host you.