Toronto, ON – October 25, 2019 – Open today, Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar has returned to Toronto’s financial district with a spectacular new flagship at the corner of Bay St. and Richmond St. W. (365 Bay St.) Timeless and dramatic, the impressive 18,000-square-foot space ushers the beloved Canadian-family-owned-and-operated establishment into its 65th year of operation, building on Hy’s classic menu and tableside experience with an expanded bar and lounge program to deliver a modern steakhouse at its finest.
Designed by Vancouver-based Elaine Thorsell and built by the team at Anjinnov Construction, each of the restaurant’s three levels offer a distinct experience. True to the brand’s heritage, a lush colour palette of rich greens and burnished golds, leather and velvet materials, and hand-crafted Mozambique millwork with burled Walnut details, are paired with contemporary Canadian art, granite and metal accents, and large windows that open onto Richmond St.
Anchored by a 35-foot wraparound bar, the main floor’s eclectic groupings of cozy booths, cocktail tables, club chairs, and ottomans encourage casual drop ins and vibrant, interactive energy, bolstered by live music Tuesday through Saturday from 7 to 11 p.m., and weekday Happy Hours. Upstairs, the white linen dining room is bookended by elegant private spaces on one side, and a sleek and sophisticated whisky and champagne bar on the other. In between, tables along the mezzanine overlook the action in the lounge below, while seating to the side and away allows quieter, more intimate dining. On the lowest level, two exclusive private rooms, each with full bar and state of the art technical accoutrements, are ready to host all types of business and social occasions.
“The steakhouse is as much about the atmosphere as it is the menu. Hy’s is trusted for both, and this is the heart of the new flagship on Bay Street,” said Neil Aisenstat, President and CEO, and son of founder, Hy’s Steakhouse and Cocktail Bar. “With this spectacular new space we are celebrating the fact that for 65 years – 50 in Toronto – Hy’s has been known as the quintessential Canadian steakhouse, offering the highest quality of Alberta Prime steaks, classic cocktails, and warm, professional service across the country.”
In 1955, Hy Aisenstant opened the first Hy’s Steakhouse over a women’s clothing store in Calgary. Toronto’s first Hy’s operated on Richmond St. W. from 1970 to 1998. Hy’s on Adelaide followed, and served the financial district from 1999 until closing in December 2018. Now, Hy’s new flagship location, on the southeast corner of Richmond and Bay, sits just down the street from where it all began almost five decades ago.
The core menus remain constant, featuring the very best Canadian Prime steaks aged a minimum of 28 days and grilled to order, including the new 48-oz Tomahawk cut, and famously irresistible starters and sides, such as the signature Cheese Toast and Caesar Salad prepared tableside. New additions to lunch, dinner and Happy Hour emphasize local produce, and plant-based options, such as Organic Vegan Bowl and Cauliflower Fritters.
The cocktails are classic, and the cellar is deep with both pedigreed labels and eclectic treats. Signatures with premium bases include the Hy Jink with Crown Royal Extra Rare, hazelnut liqueur, honey syrup, and black lemon bitters, and upstairs the exclusive whisky and champagne bar is stocked with a carefully curated list.