Colette Grand Café opened at Toronto’s Thompson Hotel in the summer of 2014, and the French-inspired restaurant has been a hit ever since. Holt Renfrew’s restaurants in Edmonton, Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto’s Yorkdale and 50 Bloor Street West locations, will all be converted to the Colette Grand Café, taking the restaurant concept national.
“Colette Grand Café embodies the French-style and is the perfect fit for Holt Renfrew to offer clientele the full luxury experience,” said Mario Grauso, President, Holt Renfrew. “Well-known for culinary excellence and creating beautifully designed spaces, we are excited to have Chase Hospitality Group restaurants as a valued partner.”
“We are very happy to be partnering with such an iconic luxury brand as Holt Renfrew, and to be expanding Colette Grand Café across Canada,” said Steven Salm, President, Chase Hospitality Group. “The French-inspired aesthetic and menu are a natural fit for the stylish destination and we are so pleased to bring the two together.”
The Ladurée café at Holt’s in Vancouver will be unaffected by the announcement — Ladurée has operated a 500 square foot space adjacent to the store’s women’s shoe department since the spring of 2017, and is opening this morning at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre.
Chase Hospitality Group develops, manages, and operates restaurants in Toronto under several nameplates including The Chase Fish & Oyster (downtown) Kasa Moto (a contemporary Japanese restaurant and lounge in Yorkville), Planta (offering a 100% plant-based menu in Yorkville), Planta Burger (offering a 100% plant-based menu featuring burgers, downtown), Palm Lane (emphasizing whole-meal salads and bowls at Yorkville Village), as well as Colette Grand Café.
It’s not the first time that an external restaurant provider has opened restaurants in an upscale, large Canadian store — both of Saks Fifth Avenue’s Canadian stores, located in Toronto, feature Oliver & Bonacini-operated food establishments. Hudson’s Bay, under the same ownership umbrella as Saks, also features Oliver & Bonacini restaurants in a handful of its flagships. Nordstrom, on the other hand, operates a collection of in-house branded restaurants in its Canadian and American stores.