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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Friday night at Lightbox CANTEEN

The film festival's new Lightbox building has been in development for over 7 years (official opening September 12th) — and an adjacent dining and event space has always been integral to the centre's design.

Oliver & Bonacini (the landmark Canoe, the Jump café, and the uptown Auberge du Pommier, among others) will operate three distinct spaces within the new building:
  • O&B Canteen – 3,500 sq.ft. café and grab-and-go restaurant (90 seats inside +70 on patio); beginning full hours this Monday
  • Luma – 8,000 sq.ft. fine dining restaurant (130 seats, +40 on patio, +100 at the BlackBerry lounge); opening in time for the film festival
  • Malaparte – 6th floor/rooftop event space (200 seats, +terrace/outdoor amphitheatre recreating the roof of Casa Malaparte in Jean-Luc Godard's Contempt); opening planned for the fall.
The restaurant interiors were designed by KPMB – the same architects as Lightbox itself – while the event space will be decorated by Anacleto Design.

We were fortunate to be at the first announcement of O&B's participation, back in 2008 — and were especially so last Friday night — as guests for the opening of the first restaurant, O&B Canteen.


Canteen takes food seriously — the selection of ingredients, attention to presentation, the culinary expertise — whether it's for a wonderful take-away treat, inside table service, or dining al fresco on the sidewalk-level patio. Tastes of six different dishes ranged from fresh-and-simple, to sublimely delicious. The hospitality we were shown, from the greeting at the door, throughout our meal, and well past closing hours, was outstanding.

After speaking with executive chef Jason Bangerter and his staff for O&B Canteen and Luma, it's clear that their skill, passion, and dedication, will make Lightbox a destination for dining in the city — no matter what's playing nearby... ;-)

Pick the best of the fest!
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PS. thanks to Jason, Jane, Paul, Julie, Wendy, Craig and Nicholas, for making our first night out at Lightbox so special!

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