King Street West Is Getting a Make Over..

February 5, 2009 at 8:06 pm 2 comments

For anyone who hasn’t ventured by, what I call, the market district (The blocks around the JLC and the Market) lately, they would be very surprised to find that pretty much every building on the south side of the King street block, bound by Talbot and Ridout, is getting  a makeover! with the exception of  the mansion (which is only about a year old) and the Biz Pro building.  This part of the downtown is really booming, its close to the JLC and the Market both of which attract large crowds. Starting from the west most part of the block, this is where the Renaissance is being built and once its done will bring hundreds of new residents to the area; Next is the Mansion, a fairly new upscale Toronto style club, owned by four local guys who coincidentally are also opening another venture right next door; The newest restaurant addition to the many successful restaurants on King St. is appropriately named Kingwest Sports Bar and Grill here’s some more info from the London Free Press:

West side story full of promise

Hank Daniszewski
Sun Media

January 29, 2009  

A rooftop patio with a great view will be one of the attractions of a sports bar opening this winter. Finishing touches are being applied to the King West Bar and Grill across the street from the John Labatt Centre, next door to Club Mansion. Unlike its glitzy, luxurious neighbour — with which it shares owners — King West will be casual and comfortable. Co-owner Trent Forristal said he expects to draw fans attending London Knights games and concerts at the JLC. The facade of King West features barn beams and rough-hewn blocks with a digital menu board near the front door. The theme continues inside with barnboard, brick and plasma TVs in every conceivable corner and in the washrooms. The restaurant will seat about 200 and feature a casual, upscale menu. In the spring, a rooftop patio will open with a commanding view of the JLC plaza and Covent Garden Market.Forristal said the ownership group is made up of long-term friends who grew up in London, as well as Toronto investors with experience in the hospitality business.
Despite the economic downturn, Forestall said, the west end of downtown shows great potential, with the 28-storey Tricar apartment tower opening this year “We are taking a long-term view. It’s nice to be able to offer people employment,” he said. The restaurant will hire 20 to 30 staff members soon. Forristal said MainStreet London has been a great resource by helping to arrange a facade improvement loan from the city. 

This new place will have a killer rooftop patio, and will definetly become a new hotspot patio destination during this summer season!

Next is the yet to be touched BizPro building; and next to that is where another great London restaurant is getting yet another face lift inside and out, Cello Supper Club (formally The Red Goat). It seems like the floors above Cello have been gutted and the roof taken apart, there have not been any announcements as of yet to what will occupy the space. Even the Henderson Gallery next door (at the corner of King and Talbot) is closed for renovations to the inside and outside of the building.

Here are a few pictures of the new restaurant and the block;

This area is going throgh an exciting transformation quickly becoming London’s Entertainment district, yet another reason why I would love to live downtown.

* JrUD


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. ldoto  |  February 5, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Once an again you always get the great news from downtown London and new Construction Development News !!!!

    Btw I will be using your pics from your king street thrend on skycrapercity!!!


  • 2. Paul  |  May 25, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Why is there no website for the King west?

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