Greystones fine-dining restaurant, featuring pizza and fresh pasta, ‘very close to opening’ in Orangeville, Ont.
By Joshua Santos, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Orangeville BannerNews Business and Operations
Orangeville, Ont. – With an opening date tentatively set for next month, a town councillor got a sneak peek at the new elegant fine dining establishment located in a historic Orangeville, Ont., building.
Councillor Todd Taylor expressed his excitement about Greystones Restaurant and Lounge after a visit Sunday. The establishment, located at 63 Broadway, tentatively plans to open its doors in February, though it is in flux due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
“No stone was left unturned,” said Taylor. “They have spent a significant amount of money at that location, improving it.”
Greystones includes a lounge, a dining room for 50 guests and a private 10-person area.Advertisement
The building that dates back to 1852 has been extensively renovated. Keith Froggett, chef-owner of Toronto’s Scaramouche restaurant, is behind this new endeavour, with his son, Benn and Jennifer Dattels joining him as co-owners. Benn also co-owns the Glen Tavern in Halton Hills.
“The restaurant is finished with a few tweaks inside and more work outside, but we are very close to opening,” said Dattels.
Greystones’ website refers to it as a “restaurant and event space unlike any other” and boasts a sample menu featuring small plates, pizzas, house-made fresh pastas, as well as steaks and seafood.
“That’s a multi-million-dollar investment,” said Taylor after his tour. “It creates excitement and other people may want to do the same. I think this is the start of something that can be amazing in Orangeville.”
Dattels, who oversaw the redesign of the space, said in a news release she has long wanted to bring the much-loved building back to life. To that end, they’ve kept the historical appeal of the building’s 1850s structure while enhancing its ambience.
“They painstakingly took me through and showed me all the details of the remnants that were kept and used,” said Taylor. “The stonework is all still there and there are other designs in the building that will be thrilled.”
Greystones includes a lounge, a dining room for 50 guests and a private 10-person area.
A small building east to Greystones will be retrofitted to become a high-end coffee and dessert bar.
“What we are planning on doing is perhaps opening the café next door,” said Dattels, noting they’ve had to pivot as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “The original plan was to have the restaurant open for three months before opening the café.”
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