Photo by Ben Rahn, A-Frame Inc.
Super-chef Mark McEwan is at it again. Already the owner of downtown dining destinations One, Bymark and North 44°, his empire recently expanded with the opening of Fabbrica. An Italian restaurant with Canadian sensibilities, the large, designer-casual space accommodates all comers at the suburban Shops at Don Mills. The authentically rustic menu featuring varied salumi and antipasti offerings, plus house-made pastas, Neapolitan-style pizzas and mains like braised short ribs ($26), sea bream ($28) and smoked quail ($28) upholds McEwan’s high culinary standards—and those of his hungry patrons.
Charlton gold straw tote by Michael Kors
Prodigious designer Michael Kors continues his expansion into Canada, adding a fifth retail location to Ontario’s apparently MK-hungry market. The prolific American is a one-man empire with a trio of eponymous labels, each boasting its own selection of ready-to-wear apparel, handbags, jewellery, watches, shoes, fragrances and eyewear. After opening standalone stores at Sherway Gardens and the Shops at Don Mills last fall, the Project Runway judge is set to dominate the downtown core with a boutique at the Toronto Eaton Centre. Opening this month, the latest lifestyle store is a 1,700-square-foot paradise of casual but classic tailored looks and accessories such as the large MICHAEL Michael Kors Charlton gold straw tote ($295).