Many years of conversation and imagining have been made manifest in our great friend Paul Campbell's Riverside restaurant/bar Aft (686 Queen St East, Toronto). Paul's vision is to create a welcoming space where friends and neighbours can gather without pretense to enjoy quality food and drink at great value. Its been our pleasure collaborating with him on the visual aspects.
Emphasizing their expertise in the smoker and a touch of sous vide, Aft's chef Christian Butcher and pitmaster Lawrence La Pianta cook up delicious nightly specials including authentic Texas BBQ. Go for the good food and great people, you won't be disappointed.
More details and photography will be coming soon, in the meantime here are some notes on the space...
The cozy room is occupied by reused banquets and two-seaters made out of single Toronto sugar maple slab that can be combined for larger groups. Dining tables are warmly lit with pendant lamps using glass fixtures originally used in the diner that occupied the space 60 years ago. The 18 ft bar is topped with a whole live-edge slab of a sugar maple tree from Toronto Island and clad with a striped scrap wood pattern emphasizing the natural colours of the wood.
Above the bar block lights spell out A-F-T in binary code with their alternating bulb shapes. The back bar shelving is comprised of repurposed furniture elements dividing the shelves made of clear pine from a church organ in the Beaches. Holding up the impressive bourbon collection are shelves from salvaged white oak from a barn in Kentucky.