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SOURCE Hudson's Bay Company
At 100 Years, Historic Location to Offer Street-Side Dining and Late
TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2013 /CNW/ - Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants (O&B), one
of Canada's leading fine dining restaurant and event management
companies, and INK Entertainment, one of Canada's most exciting
entertainment and hospitality companies are planning a dramatic new
food and lounge concept, and large-scale event venue set to open late
spring 2014 at Hudson's Bay's Calgary Downtown flagship store. The new
space will elevate the Calgary Downtown retail offering with the
addition of top-quality food, wine and cocktails, including outdoor
dining and late night buzz.
Oliver & Bonacini partnered with Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) in 2011 and
completed their first project at Hudson's Bay Queen Street store,
Toronto, in spring 2012, including the launch of a new, thriving
restaurant, Bannock; an in-house bakery and confections studio, O&B
Artisan; a stylish, in-demand event space, Arcadian Loft; as well as
the renovation and re-launch of the historic Arcadian Court.
"We are extremely excited about the new hospitality offerings planned
for our Calgary Downtown location, living up to our promise to bring
new, high quality brands and experiences to Hudson's Bay." says Bonnie
Brooks, President, HBC. "At 100 years, our Calgary Downtown location
is one of the most recognized landmarks in the city. We want to build
on that legacy by showcasing this beautiful and historic building, as
well as Hudson's Bay's forward-thinking approach to the lifestyles of
Now the HBC and O&B partnership turns its attention to Calgary, this
time with the addition of a new collaborator, INK Entertainment. "For
Calgary, we envision the restaurant as having a vibrant integrated
lounge space that will transition well into late night cocktails and
entertainment." says Andrew Oliver, President, Oliver & Bonacini
Restaurants. "To achieve this, we knew we needed the expertise of
Charles Khabouth and his team. This will be our first concept
collaboration with INK Entertainment and we're very excited about the
Hudson's Bay Calgary Downtown will be the largest hospitality project
either Oliver & Bonacini or INK Entertainment have embarked on to date.
Specifically the plan consists of: creating a dynamic restaurant,
including a large outdoor patio and a full-service, state-of-the-art
versatile event venue. These initiatives will be delivered in two main
phases in 2014.
Phase One: Spacious, Comfortable Restaurant and Lounge
Set to open in late spring 2014, the 7,500-square-foot restaurant and
4,000-square-foot lounge will be located at the southwest corner of
Hudson's Bay, an Edwardian classical style building on the corner of
1st Street SW and Stephen Avenue SW in the centre of downtown Calgary.
With help from Munge Leung, the design firm responsible for Hawksworth
Restaurant in Vancouver, 1 Oak in Las Vegas and La Société in Toronto,
the venue will maintain the architecture's original historical features
representative of HBC's deep Canadian roots while incorporating a
fresh, modern flair.
The spacious and comfortable ground-level dining room will offer seated
à la carte lunch and dinner experiences; and will extend to what may
soon be Calgary's largest outdoor dining patio. Jutting out of Hudson's
Bay's iconic granite columns, the beautiful and lively patio will be a
happening destination, where guests can enjoy full-service al fresco
Also integrated in the restaurant will be a lower-level lounge with a
distinctive, sleek style and a sophisticated yet relaxed vibe,
establishing the space as an authentic, activated lounge scene and
cocktail experience. "INK Entertainment is committed to providing our
guests with unparalleled experiences that ooze atmosphere." says
Charles Khabouth, Founder and CEO of INK Entertainment. "We are eager
to harness the expertise of Oliver & Bonacini and HBC in seamlessly
producing a turn-key experience. Integrating a vibrant social culture
and vibe is optimal, while redefining and turning our guests'
expectations on their heads. We are both excited and confident that
this newly formed union will accomplish this mandate and greatly
contribute to the hospitality scene in Calgary."
The opening of the new restaurant, patio and lounge will enhance the
busy downtown corner and provide Hudson's Bay customers and the general
community with a unique variety of desirable, vibrant dining
Phase Two: Versatile Loft-Style Event Venue
The flexible, contemporary event space is scheduled to open in fall 2014
and is expected to be one of Calgary's most sought-after venues. Its
impressive design, spectacular views, versatility and outstanding food
and service offerings will be among its main appeals.
Located on the sixth floor of Hudson's Bay's heritage building, the
state-of-the-art event venue will be suited with large windows that
command amazing views of downtown Calgary's historic district and
invite natural light into the space. To both pay tribute to HBC's
tradition and reflect its progress, the venue's decor will combine the
building's existing historic grandeur and charm with new, urban
The loft will initially open as a 20,000-square-foot event space; plans
are slated to later expand throughout the entire sixth floor, doubling
the venue's space. Simple and sophisticated, the open concept venue is
well-suited for a diverse range of occasions from high-profile galas
and romantic weddings to corporate events and conferences.
The culinary vision for this new venture will be forged by O&B principle
Michael Bonacini and Corporate Executive Chef Anthony Walsh and will
incorporate simple, traditional cooking methods and modern dishes
inspired by native Alberta ingredients.
"The food scene in Calgary is really outstanding," says Walsh, "and
we're thrilled at the opportunity to be a part of it. We have some
strong culinary ties to the community and we look forward to expanding
our team with local talent."
Hudson's Bay Company (HBC), founded in 1670, is North America's longest
continually operated company. In Canada, HBC operates Hudson's Bay,
Canada's largest department store with 90 locations, unsurpassed in its
fashion, beauty, home and accessory designers and brands, as well as thebay.com. HBC also operates Home Outfitters, Canada's largest home specialty
superstore with 69 locations across the country. In the United States,
HBC operates Lord & Taylor, a department store with 48 full-line store
locations throughout the northeastern United States and in two major
cities in the Midwest, and lordandtaylor.com. With approximately 29,000 Associates in Canada and the U.S., HBC
banners provide stylish, quality merchandise at great value, with a
dedicated focus on service excellence. Hudson's Bay Company trades on
the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "HBC".
About Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants
Oliver & Bonacini (O&B) is recognized as one of Canada's leading fine
dining restaurant and event companies, operating 11 unique and
innovative restaurants in Ontario. Operations include à la carte
dining, quick service dining, catering and special events. Restaurants
include Canoe, Jump, Auberge du Pommier, Biff's Bistro, Luma, Canteen,
Bannock and Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill (Toronto, Blue Mountain,
Oakville). Operations are supported by an in-house bakery and
chocolate/confections shop, O&B Artisan. The company's private dining
and events division, Oliver & Bonacini Events, manages a number of
large-scale event facilities, including Arcadian, Toronto Region Board
of Trade, Malaparte at TIFF Bell Lightbox and Windermere House on Lake
Rosseau, Muskoka. In 2013, O&B was named exclusive catering provider to
Ink Entertainment and Design Exchange, in addition to launching its own
direct-to-venue catering service, O&B Caters. Oliver & Bonacini credits
its success to the development of a strong company culture, where
excellence of food quality and service are valued above all else.
About INK Entertainment
INK Entertainment is Canada's leading lifestyle and entertainment
company. Over the past 28 years, social life style entrepreneur
Charles Khabouth has built a hugely successful empire that spans
restaurants, nightlife, lounges, music festivals and much more. The
Company recently launched several new venues, a host of new clubs and
plans are underway for a luxury hotel brand in 2015. Khabouth tops the
list of Canada's most successful lifestyle innovators.
INK Entertainment has demonstrated an acute ability to read the
zeitgeist of the times and respond with ground-breaking enterprises,
including the Parisian-style bistro La Société (Toronto and Montreal),
VELD Music Festival, Canada's largest EDM event headlined by the
world's biggest DJ, several of Toronto's hottest nightclubs including
Uniun, Product, CUBE, Dragonfly, Toronto's longstanding Guvernment and
Koolhaus Entertainment Complex, Tattoo Rock Parlour - Canada's only
trendy rock bar and tattoo shop, Sound Academy - with a musical
line-up of the biggest concert and EDM acts and Cabana Pool Bar,
Canada's first South Beach-inspired lakeside retreat.
INK Entertainment's innovative approach, fusing dining, lifestyle,
entertainment and design, has led the company to team up with several
significant industry partners in Canada and the U.S.: Loews Hotel and
Resorts for La Societye Montreal and several future projects for
2013-14 in several U.S. Markets; ICON Legacy for Weslodge, Patria and
Storys Building; Cirque du Soleil on the Beatles Revolution; and
Lifetime Developments for Bisha Hotel & Residences, the newest private
label hotel and residence brand to originate in Toronto since The Four
Seasons in the 1960s.
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