Eataly opening Toronto location in 2019
By Doug Picklyk
Toronto – The owners of the Italian-inspired Eataly food marketplace experience have announced plans to open the first Canadian location in early 2019 as an anchor tenant of the newly-renovated Manulife Centre at the corner of Bloor and Bay Streets in Toronto’s tony Yorkville area.
The Italian-based company, brought to the Americas in 2010 with the help of celebrity chef Mario Batali and others, is partnering with the Selfridges Group and Toronto-based Terroni Restaurants for its entrance to Canada.
The Eataly concept is an Italian food marketplace including a mix of food markets, restaurants and eateries. The Toronto location will span three stories for a total space of 50,000 square feet.
Known for its unique offering, Eataly allows customers to shop for high quality products, eat at one of many restaurants and counters, and learn about the stories behind those products – all within the same marketplace.
Commenting on the Canadian expansion plans in a company release, Eataly founder Oscar Farinetti said: “Eataly Toronto will be spectacular. Firstly, the city of Toronto values high quality food. And we do too. Secondly this will be our first Canadian location, and with every first in a new market comes something full of excitement and adrenaline. Lastly, and above all, we are entering the market with people we fully trust and we share the same passions with. We can’t wait to get to work and start this partnership!”