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Toronto restaurants welcome TIFF with ‘Festival Street’


September 3, 2014
By Canadian Pizza

Sept. 3, 2014, Toronto – Restaurants in Toronto's Entertainment District Business Improvement Area are rolling out the red carpet for this year's Toronto
International Film Festival.

Sept. 3, 2014, Toronto – Restaurants in Toronto's Entertainment District Business Improvement Area are rolling out the red carpet for this year's Toronto
International Film Festival.

A new Festival Street initiative has 14
participating restaurants on King St., between John and Peter extending
their patios into the street as part of the film-themed outdoor fair.
The District's portion of King Street expanding along the block fondly
referred to as "Restaurant Row" turns into Festival Street during the
opening weekend of the Festival, Sept. 4 through to Sept. 7.

The vision for the 2014 Festival Street is to create a grand
promenade of art and music for pedestrians during the first four days of
the Festival. Restaurants in the District are showing their support
with patio extensions in the core of this year's star-studded red carpet
event.

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"The Toronto
International Film Festival is a highly anticipated event and we are
thrilled to be working with TIFF, official beer sponsor Grolsch and our restaurant members on
extending restaurant patios over opening weekend," said Janice Solomon, executive drector of the Toronto Entertainment
District BIA. "The TOED BIA
gratefully acknowledges Grolsch for their support in part, towards the
patio expansion for Festival street."

The 14 Entertainment District restaurants participating in Festival Street include: Pearl King, Ultimate Café, Hey Lucy, Kit Kat Italian Bar & Grill, N'Awlins, HUSH, Gabby's, Le Saint Tropez, Joe Mamas, La Fenice, Fred's Not Here, z-teca Paese, and Forget About it Supper Club.

Hundreds of Entertainment District bars and restaurants beyond the King St. Festival Street are participating in Toronto's International Film Festival. The District offers one of Toronto's
widest variety of restaurants and bars to accommodate the taste of all
festival goers. With the unveiling of Festival Street, combined with
chic Entertainment District venues from Luma and Montecito to
Copacabana, festival goers will get an enhanced culinary experience
during the Festival.

The King St. Festival street initiative will also include a photo booth that features HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and pop-up characters from a number of Stanley Kubrick films, to promote TIFF's Kubrick exhibit coming later this fall. Tribute will also be given to National Film Board animation pioneer Norman McLaren for what would have been the year of his 100th birthday, with outdoor screenings of his short films and honorary performances crafted by Toronto pop group Absolutely Free.

"The Toronto International Film Festival is excited to extend the energy of the Festival out onto King Street," said David Carey, director of government and foundation relations at TIFF, in the release. "By bringing
TIFF's programming beyond the screen, film-lovers from all over the
world can discover a whole new side of the Festival – and enjoy some of
the best food and drink in the City, right here in the Entertainment
District." 


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