Monday, February 7, 2011

Where Should We Eat? How About....The Bay?

It might surprise you to know that all this time, when you had felt peckish while shopping, The Bay department stores across Canada have indeed had restaurants where you could grab a bite to eat. You probably just never heard of them because there isn't too much to speak of - until now. The Bay is partnering up food service providers Compass Group, in addition to Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants, to inject some life into their dated food courts.

Currently, 'The Arcadian Court' at The Bay is just your average, run of the mill food court. I know this, because my curiosity led me to visit the one located at Yonge and Queen, attached to the Toronto Eaton Centre back in December. The view was spectacular, way up high, overlooking the skating rink at Nathan Phillip's Square. The food, however, did nothing for me and I decided to just wait until I got home to eat. Knowing that this spectacular space is set to become an Oliver & Bonacini restaurant, however, is music to my ears!

Oliver & Bonacini have opened up a couple of restaurants in Downtown Toronto this past year, including their 'O&B Canteen' at the Bell Lightbox, plus they own fine dining restaurants such as Canoe and Auberge du Pommier. Compass has food-service operations at colleges, universities, hospitals, museums and corporate offices in North America.

The Bay has undergone some major re-structuring and upped it's marketing strategy in the past few years, and this is just one more brilliant move on behalf of this company. According to the Bay's CEO Bonnie Brooks, "We are currently planning the roll out to all our major stores, and we view it as an amazing opportunity to build upon our foundation of delivering new and exciting brands to the Bay — and taking dining and foodservice to an entirely new level for our customers,". The Yonge and Queen location is set to begin its face lift in April of this year. I Can't wait!