Monthly Media Round-Up: March 2018 Edition
The sure signs that spring has sprung are all over the east end: the grass is changing from brown to green, everyone is out walking their furry friends, and there’s a lineup at Ed’s Real Scoop. Here at Streetcar, we’ve had an exciting first quarter. Before we jump into the new season, let’s take a moment to reflect on some of the benchmarks of 2018 so far:
One of the biggest highlights was when Streetcar Development’s Founder and President, Les Mallins, was named as one of the most influential people in 2017 by Toronto Life. The publication highlighted Les’ community work and signature projects, including Riverside Square and The Broadview Hotel. And speaking of the Broadview Hotel, Toronto Life also listed its ground-floor restaurant, The Civic, as one of the Best New Restaurants in 2018! Thanks, Toronto Life, for all the support!
Moving onto March: Forbes ran an interview with The Broadview Hotel’s head chef, John Sinopoli, on how to run a world-class restaurant. The interview covers John’s love of the east end, how he came to work for the hotel, and his background as a chef. On his love for Riverside, John said:
We love the neighbourhood because of the mix of demographic. A lot of neighbourhoods in Toronto are pigeon holed as being like ‘this is where these people live’, and ‘this is where these people live’. This neighbourhood has a little bit of everyone; it has a lot of family life, a lot of new young couples buying homes within the neighbourhood. We found that a lot of hospitality industry people actually live over here because the rents were a lot of more affordable. There’s a really great bunch of retail which creates a really lively street scene.
In addition to the coverage in Forbes, The Broadview Hotel received some significant love this month from Dwell Magazine on the hotel’s interior and design. Summarizing the vibe of the hotel, writer Jennifer Baum Lagdameo wrote:
There’s no doubt the teams had their work cut out for them, as the building had been steadily declining since the ’70s. Yet, after looking to the building’s storied past and the neighborhood’s current youthful vibe for inspiration, they were able to create a new authentic atmosphere that simultaneously combines historic details with contemporary style.
Thank you for the feature, Dwell!
As spring is the prelude to summer, we eagerly await the time when the temperatures will be warm enough for folks to enjoy the full Rooftop patio at the Broadview Hotel again. To kick off patio season, Style Democracy listed The Rooftop as one of the best patios in Toronto! And finally, just in time for wedding season, Wedding Bells Magazine listed The Broadview Hotel as one of Canada’s Loveliest Wedding Venues for 2018. On why they picked the hotel for this list, the article says:
The Broadview Hotel has maintained many of its vintage architectural elements, which have been incorporated into modern design vision creating an experience of curated urban luxury. The main event space, Lincoln Hall and Terrace, is a charming indoor/outdoor venue featuring exposed brickwork, steel-beams and unparalleled city views. Your out-town-guests will love you for the choice of venue as the rooms are retro-cool complete with record players and locally-sourced sweets and treats in the mini-bar. You will definitely want to stay a night or two post-wedding for a mini-moon.
Last but not least, Gare de l’Est Brasserie, the signature restaurant inside Streetcar Crowsnest, will be participating in a fantastic new program that repurposes flex space in the city. The brasserie will be partnering with a Toronto startup, Flexday, to provide table space during off-peak hours to freelancers to set-up their laptops and work. You can read about the full program in this Globe and Mail article.
Thank you for all the love this month, Toronto. We can’t wait to see what’s to come for April.