Toronto just got a glam new restaurant with banana splits and foie gras PB&J

Get ready for a journey that’s playfully nostalgic with the opening of The Joneses, a retro-inspired restaurant at Yonge & Wellington.

Opening its doors on Friday, November 17, this fusion of old-meets-new promises to whisk Toronto diners away to a time when dinner parties were elegant affairs with a touch of vintage glamour.

At the culinary helm is Oliver & Bonacini district executive chef Andrew Piccinin, the creative mind behind Parcheggio, Leña and Jump. Chef Piccinin crafts a menu at The Joneses that pays homage of the sophistication of a bygone era, featuring retro-inspired shared plates, Detroit-style pizzas, handmade pasta, pressed sushi, prime steaks and grilled fish.

Photo: Hector Vasquez

“The Joneses represents your happy-go-lucky champagne-popping neighbours who are known for throwing the best dinner parties,” says chef Piccinin. “From the menu to the decor, The Joneses is where comfort, style and fun converge to create a truly delightful experience that exudes retro charm.”

Expect classic crowd-pleasers on the menu, such as stuffed mushroom caps with Maryland-style lump crab and herbed breadcrumbs, foie gras PB&J with seared foie gras, scratch-made peanut butter, blueberry preserve and brioche, and lobster gnocchi alla vodka with rose sauce, tarragon, and creme fraiche. The pizzas, baked to perfection in deep blue steel pans, pay homage to Motor City’s culinary legacy. The steak program offers a selection of premium cuts served with housemade sauces and classic steakhouse-inspired sides. Cap off your meal with a nostalgic treat like the Banana Split Mess or the iconic Oliver’s carrot cake.

Photo: Hector Vasquez

The Joneses’ bar is a playful nod to cocktail classics, offering 30 handcrafted concoctions, featuring house signatures, vintage recipes and a noteworthy martini section. Classic American cocktails come with a side of history, like the Tuxedo with Hayman’s dry gin, vermouth, luxardo maraschino, absinthe, and orange bitters, and the Clover Club with Tanqueray dry gin, vermouth, lemon, raspberry and egg white – each named after private members clubs in New York and Philadelphia.

The space, designed  by Solid Design Creative, is a funky mix of old meets new. The bar, lounge and a 132-seat dining room feature warm wood tones, mid-century modern-inspired furniture and custom art graphics, creating an atmosphere that’s both whimsical and welcoming.

The restaurant also boasts three private dining spaces — Eastwood, Kitts and Hepburn — which can accommodate up to 60 guests for seated events and 70 guests for reception-style gatherings.

The Joneses, located at 33 Yonge St., unit 1oo is open for lunch and dinner from Monday through Friday, with dinner-only service in Saturdays.

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