Waterworks Food Hall to Open in Downtown Toronto Next Month, Showcasing 20 Gourmet Vendors in Historic Location

Press 20.05.24

A gourmet food emporium with over 20 hand-picked vendors serving specialty fare, seasonal offerings and authentic cuisines from around the world is set to open next month in the heart of Toronto.


Officials say the Waterworks Food Hall will be a culinary destination unlike any other in the city located in an industrial heritage building at 499 Richmond St. W. in the Entertainment District.


The Behar Group Realty Inc., Brokerage, which has handled the programming, merchandising and leasing of the unique project, has confirmed the following businesses that will operate in the 55,000-square-foot food hall with others to be announced in the near future:


  • Lee Restaurant
  • Aburi Sushi
  • Harry’s Charbroiled
  • Musoshin Ramen
  • Boxcar Social
  • Grape Witches
  • Civil Works
  • SOBR Market
  • Dave’s Genuine Deli
  • Liu Loqum Atelier
  • Karak Stuffed Naan & Chai
  • The Arepa Republic
  • Scooped By Demetres

The project was developed by Woodcliffe Landmark Properties and MOD Developments. The project is a full city block bounded by Adelaide St W, Maud St and Brant St. On the Adelaide frontage is the City of Toronto’s St. Andrew’s Playground Park that was recently overhauled and renovated. There’s also a condo component on the Richmond St side with 290 residential units and a state-of-the-art YMCA of approximately 60,000 square feet, taking the second floor.


Also, Southeast Asian restaurant Lee was relocated from King West to Waterworks – a 6,000-square-foot establishment that is open for business now.


“Our objective was to curate a unique collection of outstanding and independent food brands that could thrive in a high volume environment while retaining their distinct charm, while also showing off Toronto’s diverse culinary culture,” said Avi Behar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Broker, of The Behar Group.


“For the most part these are independent local brands from the Greater Toronto Area, with a smattering of  national and international concepts. But the focus was to attract best-in-class local brands rather than targeting larger franchise chains. We wanted to create a unique experience based on quality cuisine, efficient operations, and thoughtful design.”

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