Large Food Hall to Open at South End of CF Toronto Eaton Centre [Photos]

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A large food hall will be opening this year at the south end of CF Toronto Eaton Centre in downtown Toronto. Construction hoarding went up this week on Level One of the shopping centre in a space formerly occupied by a Richtree Market. 

Oliver & Bonacini will be operating the food hall which, according to mall lease plans, will span nearly 18,000 square feet on one level. The location is strategic given that it is steps away from the Queen Street subway station that leads into CF Toronto Eaton Centre. 

Future Queen’s Cross Food Hall at CF Toronto Eaton Centre on January 11, 2023 (Image: Dustin Fuhs)
Lease plan via Cadillac Fairview showing the new Queen’s Cross Food Hall location and its proximity to the Saks Food Hall.
TTC Subway Entrance to CF Toronto Eaton Centre (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

The name of the new space will be the Queen’s Cross Food Hall, and signs indicate that it will open towards the end of the summer this year. Ten foodservice concepts announced on construction hoarding includes Le Petit Cornichon, Captain Neon Sushi + Bowls, Curryosity, Gil’s Fish & Chipperie, Red Sauce, Swanky Burger, Lala’s Cantina, Underground Sandwich, Beauty’s Fried Chicken, and Cross Bar. Solid Design Creative is designing the new food hall. 

Future Queen’s Cross Food Hall at CF Toronto Eaton Centre (Image: Dustin Fuhs)
Future Queen’s Cross Food Hall at CF Toronto Eaton Centre (Image: Dustin Fuhs)

These new foodservice operators will compete with a food court towards the north end of CF Toronto Eaton Centre. The Queen’s Cross Food Hall will also compete with the existing Pusateri’s-run Saks Food Hall located steps away in an underground passage linking CF Toronto Eaton Centre to the Cadillac Fairview-owned Hudson’s Bay building across the street. Nearby at 111 Richmond Street West is another food hall, Assembly Chef’s Hall, which opened in 2018. 

Richtree Market was a restaurant concept in CF Toronto Eaton Centre that shut abruptly in March of 2020. Richtree had operated at that space in the mall since 2013 — prior to that, a food court had been located at that location. At its peak in 2014, Richtree operated 11 locations in Eastern Canada. 

Future Queen’s Cross Food Hall at CF Toronto Eaton Centre (Image: Dustin Fuhs)


Oliver & Bonacini will also be opening a new restaurant concept within the CF Toronto Eaton Centre complex where a branded Duke of Richmond pub operated until recently. The new restaurant will be called Constance Taverne. Oliver & Bonacini owns several restaurant concepts in the Toronto area and will be opening several more this year including at The Well in downtown Toronto. 

Foodservice will continue to play a key role at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, though one potential exiting tenant won’t be happening at least for now. BlogTO reported this week that a deal to replace the mall’s Hendriks restaurant with Brazilian steak house concept Fogo de Chao fell through late last year. 

Additional Photos from the Future Food Hall

Past Flooring Exposed During Construction at CF Toronto Eaton Centre (Image: Dustin Fuhs)
CF Toronto Eaton Centre (Image: Dustin Fuhs)
CF Toronto Eaton Centre (Image: Dustin Fuhs)
Future Queen’s Cross Food Hall at CF Toronto Eaton Centre (Image: Dustin Fuhs)
Craig Patterson
Craig Patterson
Located in Toronto, Craig is the Publisher & CEO of Retail Insider Media Ltd. He is also a retail analyst and consultant, Advisor at the University of Alberta School Centre for Cities and Communities in Edmonton, former lawyer and a public speaker. He has studied the Canadian retail landscape for over 25 years and he holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Degrees.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Interesting timing for this one to open. Hopefully it doesn’t hurt traffic at the Saks Food Hall too much! Interested to see what it looks like when it opens.

    • So far we know that the CF Sherway Gardens Saks Food Hall will be shutting. There’s no word at the moment about any closure of the downtown Saks Food Hall location.

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