It’s been roughly 8 months since The Wheatsheaf, a King West landmark and iconic watering hole, 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.
“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.”
The space has reportedly been “thoughtfully restored,” so that new energy can flow through while the building’s character remains a standout feature. And, a new menu will offer classic tavern fare that “balances flavour with familiarity.”
And regulars, don’t fret, because this spot says their chicken wings are still the best in the city.
In terms of that St. Patrick’s Day opening party, the event will feature live music and entertainment all day long, including performances by members of Blue Rodeo, The Beauties, Uisce Beatha and more.
The event will run from 11 am to 2 am with a $15 cover charge after 8:00 pm, and will be open to the public. Food and drink specials will be on, alongside T-shirt giveaways that’ll offer a hint at the bar’s vintage-inspired apparel, available for purchase.
“We’re incredibly passionate about the live music program that we have developed to reinstate The Wheatsheaf Tavern as the go to spot for live performances,” said Shawn Creamer, Director of Programming, The Wheatsheaf Tavern.
“The St. Patrick’s Day All Stars party will illustrate what the bar will offer on an ongoing basis – classic food and beverage, electric entertainment and outstanding sports and music programming that will appeal to any crowd that enters.”
Looking ahead, the eatery will feature show bands on Fridays and Saturdays, while Sundays will play host to a slew of locally-loved band residencies.
The spot is also introducing a whisky program, and will continue its nonstop coverage of sports, alongside weekly specials from that aforementioned revamped menu.
The Wheatsheaf Tavern will be open Monday through Sunday from 11:00 am to 2:00 am.
Address: 667 King Street West