Aug 28, 2015
150 york St
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 downtown Toronto’s bustling Financial District and, of course, extends 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, the 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 Drake One Fifty, 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 downtown show 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 curtain wall of warehouse-inspired, steel-framed windows and handmade geometric Moroccan tiles. Each element complements our curated permanent and temporary art collections. Those collections include site specific installations by Olaf Breuning and Souther Salazar, to name a few heralded artists whose work appear in the space. Inspired by modern take on historic brasseries and taverns, the restaurant also features Drake’s popular artist-in-residence program, a small performance and DJ space, and 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.
Our first outpost, Drake One Fifty 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.