Beer lovers unite! A new beerhall is set to open this month in Toronto. While we’ve watched some of our favourite restaurants and cafes sadly close as a result of the pandemic, when a new spot opens, it feels like something to celebrate. Clearly we’re not the only ones feeling optimistic because, after a year of countless lockdowns and unpredictability, Charcoal Group has just announced that will open its first Beertown location.
“The summer feels like a re-birth for Toronto and the restaurants that have been struggling throughout the pandemic,” says CEO and partner of Charcoal Group, Jody Palubiski. “The city truly feels alive again – we couldn’t think of a better time to open our doors.”
While patrons have been chomping at the bit to experience new restaurants and dine on real plates instead of takeout containers, restaurants are still in the midst of a major labour shortage. Hiring and training staff is proving incredibly challenging. However, Palubiski feels that while these shortages are undeniable, the value, enthusiasm and leadership of these hardworking hospitality workers often goes unnoticed.
“Of all the incredible things that had many people flocking to our industry in the past including flexibility, teamwork, creativity, rewarding pay and benefits, they are what will bring back quality individuals; it will just take a little time,” says Palubiski.
To meet the demand for connection, Charcoal Group is opening Beertown Public House in downtown Toronto at 125 Wellington Street West. The restaurant will open its doors on August 12 and will offer a variety of local beer, plant-based and gluten-free menu options, and most importantly – a place for folks to safely reconnect.
This is the restaurant’s 8th location and to say that the restaurant group is excited to open in Toronto, would be an understatement. Opening a location in Toronto feels like a return to home,” says Palubiski.
Featured Image: Beertown