Your first look at the The Wheatsheaf Tavern after its renovations

Mar 12 2020, 6:29 am

It’s been roughly nine months since The Wheatsheaf Tavern — a King West landmark and the oldest bar in Toronto — shuttered for renovations.

And now, the eatery is making a comeback.

Slated to re-open on March 17, the restaurant will return with a massive St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The party will give visitors a chance to check out the changes made to the space, housed at the corner of King and Bathurst since 1849.

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“There is so much to love about The Wheatsheaf, and it seems everyone has a story about it,” said Terry Tsianos, Principal of Scale Hospitality — of which The Wheatsheaf now falls under — in a release.

“This made it easy for us to preserve its history and ensure it will continue to be coloured by amazing events and an ‘everyone is welcome attitude.’ We look forward to continuing the legacy of this remarkable neighbourhood treasure.”

When visitors — new and regular alike — come through its walls, they’ll find it has been “thoughtfully restored.” New energy flows through, but the building’s character and age remain a standout feature, shaped by its history like a fine wine.

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Beyond changes to the physical space, a new menu offers classic tavern fare that “balances flavour with familiarity.” Whether you’re stopping by to indulge in classic fish n’ chips, or you’d prefer to venture into more modern and exploratory territory, you’ve got options.

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The space goes so far as to offer a drink menu divided into “old school” and “new school” options. This means you can order a classic Black Russian (vodka, coffee liqueur,) or a refreshed version of the same order (the traditional recipe, plus Pepsi and Guinness).

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And regulars, don’t fret, because this eatery, known for “the best chicken wings in the city,” is still serving ’em up piping hot and paired with plenty of sauces.

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Looking ahead, the tavern plans to feature show bands on Fridays and Saturdays, while Sundays will play host to a slew of locally-loved band residencies.

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The spot is also introducing a whisky program, and will continue its nonstop coverage of sports, alongside weekly specials from that aforementioned revamped menu.

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The Wheatsheaf Tavern will be open Monday through Sunday from 11 to 2 am.

The Wheatsheaf Tavern

Address: 667 King Street West
Phone: 416-504-9912

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With files from Yasmin Aboelsaud.