High tea hits Thorn­hill

Plus, a Per­sian twist on Cana­dian food, gro­ceries for a new age, and more

Richmond Hill Post - - Neighbourhood Business -

Get your fas­ci­na­tors ready, the Vic­to­rian Tea Room is a new es­tab­lish­ment in old Thorn­hill serv­ing Bri­tish-style high tea in a pe­riod set­ting. Mar­lene Gal­lyot opened the shop with her four chil­dren and of­fers ap­prox­i­mately 50 kinds of tea, some cho­sen per­son­ally from her trav­els around the world. High tea comes with a sand­wich, salad and sor­bet along­side a fresh pot of tea served in charm­ing china. Scones and mini sand­wiches are also on of­fer, and cus­tomers can even pur­chase their own an­tique china there. Par­ties, show­ers and bat mitz­vahs are en­cour­aged (7713 Yonge St., 905-886-1777). Ap­pache brings a Mid­dle Eastern flair to in­ter­na­tional food, serv­ing up ham­burg­ers, salami sand­wiches and pizza while fo­cus­ing less on tra­di­tional foods — em­brac­ing Cana­dian cul­ture by not be­ing “just another Per­sian restau­rant.” Owner Pe­dram Ahadine­jad named the eatery af­ter his fam­ily’s orig­i­nal es­tab­lish­ment in Iran and runs the place with his par­ents and a fam­ily friend. Cus­tomers of the 20-seat restau­rant may also pur­chase tea, cof­fee and cakes as well as some juices. Ahadine­jad says that he hopes the eatery will soon be open 24 hours (10185 Yonge St., 647-559-8080). Orig­i­nally from Oakville, Or­ganic Garage is a new gro­cery store, open­ing at Bathurst Street and New West­min­ster Drive, that aims to bring af­ford­able, healthy foods to Thorn­hill. The food cen­tre boasts more than 15,000 prod­ucts, in­clud­ing gluten-free, ve­gan and al­ler­gen-free foods and a world­class meat sec­tion as well as health and beauty prod­ucts. And what you see is what you get — Or­ganic Garage keeps a “dump list” of ingredients, such as high-fruc­tose corn syrup, that you will never find. It has some typ­i­cal house­wares as well. Or­ganic Garage opens Sept. 12, with a grand open­ing Sept. 21 (8020 Bathurst St., www.or­gan­ic­garage.ca). That’s Ital­ian Ex­press is the Rich­mond Hill sis­ter lo­ca­tion of the city of Vaughan’s That’s Ital­ian Ris­torante and is ex­pected to open near the end of Septem­ber. Owner Joe Lom­bardo said the fam­ily-ori­ented restau­rant fo­cuses on com­fort and will serve up au­then­tic stone-baked piz­zas, pas­tas and — of course — plenty of vino (10447 Yonge St., 416-482-5426).

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