Toronto, ON M6J 1V6
La Palma’s concept is described as “Venice Beach-inspired but elevated for Toronto,” says Hutchison, who designed the space. On a trip to Venice Beach, she noticed that the “new art-centric community and vibrant street art” was similar to the Dundas West neighbourhood that La Palma calls home. “Trinity-Bellwoods is like the beach of Toronto,” she adds, pointing to the flocks of Torontonians who sunbathe on its grassy stretches.
The gigantic mural pays homage to the “process of art.” Hutchison commissioned local artist Madison Van Rijn for the thoughtful mishmash of classic art and street art – splashes of teal, a nod to classic watercolour; black splotches, a nod to street art and a bit of pink “just for fun.”
The marble-top tables were designed and inspired by one of Hutchison’s favourite artists, Constantin Brâncuși who is known for totemic sculptures. Brass and wood accents are seen throughout the restaurant, such as on the wall sconces. On restaurant design, Hutchison says that the “space has to reflect the food coming out of the kitchen” and she designed the space to “draw the eye to the kitchen, the most celebrated part of the space.”
The servers’ uniforms, designed by Pink Tartan have a nautical inspiration — the tunic neckline meant to evoke a “beachy vacation.”
La Palma is a day-to-night spot with takeaway coffee, pastries and bread to grab and go. The food is “a little different but still within our repertoire,” says Hutchison.
It’s a “fresher, lighter style of food,” says Harding. The wood burning oven and Argentinian grill also allow for more breadth of cooking styles.