Chase grows with plant-based restaurant
TORONTO —Chase Hospitality Group (CHG) announces their latest restaurant endeavor on June 19, Planta,set to open early September in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood.
ChefDavid Lee (owner of Nota Bene) has partnered with CHG and will be planta’s executive chef, designing a entirely plant-based menu with CHG’s culinary leaders, Michael Steh and Tyler Shedden.
“We’ve wanted to introduce this type of restaurant and dining experience to Toronto for quite some time now, and are excited to offer innovative plant-based meals inspired by all parts of the world,” Steven Salm, President of Chase Hospitality Group, said in a release. “The Yorkville neighbourhood could not be a better fit for our vision.”
The 100 per cent plant-based is crafted with flavourful profile cooking techniques that highlight the ingredients. Keeping in line with CHG’s commitment to sustainability, the wine list will be fully biodynamic and organic, while the beverage list will feature fresh-pressed juice cocktails.
As of June 1, CHG all of their restaurants (The Chase, The Chase Fish & Oyster, Colette Grand Café, Kasa Moto and Little Fin) offered 25 per cent plant-based menus in and effort to reduce the restaurant group’s impact on oceans and the broader ecosystem. CHG's newly launched 90% Project is an internal program based on reports that 90 per cent of the food waste in restaurants could be used, reused or composted. To decrease waste, CHG has identified a number of farms that compost or reuse items such as oyster shells and has reworked their menus to incorporate ingredients that were formerly discarded.
“It's our duty as restaurateurs to acknowledge the impacts that agriculture and food production have on our environment and initiate a change from within,” said Salm.
Planta seats 165, including a 32 -seat private dining room. The bright and open space, combined with touches of wood detail, bronze accents, will play off the natural Bay Street light shining through the street-facing windows.
Planta will be opening its doors in early September at 1221 Bay St., the former home of Pangaea Restaurant, which closed earlier this year after nearly two decades.