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Fairmont Royal York reveals new signature restaurants to open June 2019

CLOCKWORK Champagne & Cocktails and REIGN Restaurant + Bar + Bakery to redefine lobby and culinary offerings at Toronto’s landmark hotel

The folks at the Fairmont Royal York just announced the debut of two new food & beverage venues: CLOCKWORK Champagne & CocktailsREIGN Restaurant + Bar + Bakery. The highly anticipated grand transformation of the hotel will be revealed on June 11th to mark the hotel’s 90th anniversary.

“Fairmont Royal York has always been home to notable culinary and cocktail offerings throughout our long history. We are excited to introduce two new food & beverage venues which usher in a new era of dining at our hotel, while remaining true to our esteemed past,” said Edwin Frizzell, Regional Vice President and General Manager, Fairmont Royal York. “REIGN pays tribute to our royal roots in its namesake and design, and is set to elevate our dining experience through a Canadian-inspired brasserie with a modern take on French traditional cuisine; CLOCKWORK Champagne & Cocktails will be the heartbeat of our famed property with the lobby lounge introducing a symbolic new centerpiece unlike anything else in the city.”



With a modern and intimate atmosphere, CLOCKWORK Champagne & Cocktails is the city’s next classic lounge for an elegant champagne and cocktail experience, serving everything from bubbles and a wide array of international wines, to specially crafted cocktails and must-have culinary delights.

CLOCKWORK first greets guests with a statement timepiece in the transformed lobby — a specialty clock tower inspired by the hotel’s anniversary. The new centerpiece was created by the same manufacturer as the hotel’s iconic spiral staircase version of the clock initially installed in 2002 by US-based, Electric Time Company. The “90th Anniversary Clock” will stand as a testament to those who have worked vigorously in the past to welcome visitors and Torontonians alike to the celebrated hotel. The two-sided clock tower represents the hotel’s timelessness, with one side showcasing a stunning constellation clock, and the other a classic motif for the next generation of guests to continue the legacy of the phrase synonymous with the property, “meet me at the clock.”

At the helm of the new lobby lounge, the hotel has brought on esteemed mixologist, Rus Yessenov, to oversee a fresh vision for cocktails and aperitifs. Tasked with creating an entirely new spirits and cocktail menu to reflect the character of the venue, Yessenov will take classic cocktail recipes and infuse them with modern flavours. With charm and allure glittering the space, the lounge aims to be a lively, metropolitan social scene.

“It is a privilege to craft the first-ever customized cocktail menu for such a notable Toronto hotel,” said Rus Yessenov, Director of Mixology, Fairmont Royal York. “As each decade sees a new era of taste and flavour, it was no small task to infuse 90 years of industry trends and modern classics into a tailored story for the prestigious property. I am confident Toronto cocktail lovers will appreciate and enjoy our exclusive array of the world’s finest champagne and cocktail creations.”

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CLOCKWORK brings vintage glamour and charm to the modern space setting a bold and stylish tone, while the design of the vibrant new lounge takes inspiration from the hotel’s past. It pays homage to the golden age of railway exploration and was driven by the train and railroads that first brought the city’s busy travelers to the hotel. New York-based architecture firm, Rockwell Group, brought the design to life, carefully weaving the concept of time and movement to the space with a constellation clock that rotates within a night sky-inspired glass panel, and extravagant Pullman car style banquettes.

A spacious layout with an exclusive setting, the lounge caters to more intimate groups. With a deep sunset colour palette and locally supplied statement furniture, the lounge sets the tone of sophistication.

“Fairmont Royal York’s public spaces, meeting and event rooms, and restaurant have been reimagined to tell the story of Toronto’s past through to its present, embracing the building’s patina and creating an elegant, warm, and inviting escape that feels timeless,” said Greg Keffer, Partner, Rockwell Group. “Given the hotel’s connection to the railway and proximity to Toronto’s Union Station, we took material, form, and detail cues from the aesthetics of train cars and railroads.”


Steps away from the grand lobby space is the hotel’s new signature dining venue, REIGN. Home to a restaurant, bar and bakery, REIGN delivers three unique culinary experiences, blending together daily must-haves and classic culinary techniques with modern food trends.

“We are thrilled to bring our guests a fresh, truly Canadian farm-to-table dining experience with the help of our many producers. Local ingredients and sustainability is our main focus in furthering the hotel’s promise to source locally and we couldn’t do it without our farmers,” said jW Foster, Executive Chef, Fairmont Royal York. “Serving everything from lobster and steak to specialty french fries and Newfoundland cod, we’ve drawn inspiration from Canada’s roots, coast to coast.”

The two new venues join Library Bar – Toronto’s only Feast On Certified hotel bar.

We can’t wait to try it!

Follow REIGN and CLOCKWORK on Instagram @REIGNToronto and @CLOCKWORKToronto.