A popular Toronto restaurant is re-branding to a funky cocktail bar

Nuit Social was a mainstay on the Queen West strip for the past eight years until the owners decided it was time for a re-brand. The spot was known for its modern comfort foods, made with fresh, local ingredients, specialty cheese and charcuterie from around the world, complimentary wine and one-of-a-kind cocktails in a cozy space with a stained glass accented bar. But, now, it’s taking on a new identity, Florette. 

Nuit Social Florette
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The team took to Instagram to make the announcement. “Nuit Social family. After 8 incredible years on Queen West, we’re transforming our space into Florette – funky food & cocktails, made with seasonal ingredients,” the post, dated May 16, reads. “We hope you’ll join us this week for the pop-up and one last celebration of the Nuit Social space.”

But, now that Nuit Social is no more, patrons have a new spot to explore, Florette, a space for funky food and cocktails. For now, Florette has been doing pop-ups to trial their fresh, seasonal menu like the June 26 prix fixe tasting menu with optional wine pairings, happening in collaboration with Bar Mignonette, the Dundas West sister restaurant to Patois. While the team behind Florette works away on the renovations, you can snag tickets for the pop-up and select from the small but mighty menu featuring oysters, fresh sardines, melon salad, fresh sourdough bread, lamb and so much more.

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Florette’s actual brick-and-mortar is set to open in July 2022, so keep an eye on their Instagram page for updates. If the branding on their website and social media is any indication, the spot will be bright and fun, with a sort of kitschy-cool 70s vibe, perfect for a night out with friends or a unique date spot. 

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