There's a new Longo's in Toronto, at Leaside, south of Eglinton just off the DVP! They hosted a media event last week to show off the store, as well as the second floor wine and beer bar, Corks. Lots of food and wine/beer to taste, but firstly, you've got to take a look at this building. It was built in 1919, and was used as train maintenance facility. That motif runs throughout the store, including the font and style of the aisle sings. The entire building underwent a huge restoration, but the results are quite spectacular - well, as spectacular as a grocery store can be!
They kept the original wood beams for the ceiling, and the window frames - fitted with new glass - but everything else was gutted and brought to specification. The high ceilings create this cavernous effect, but the lighting is bright and warm, and the store is nicely segmented into stations. Among other things, there's a pizza station, vegetable prep station, pastry counter, bakery, and pharmacy. And just look at how stunning those Frenched veal chops look. A really enlightened grocery shopping experience - all for a price, of course.
Definitely worth a visit, if not for the groceries, then to take a look at the building. Well, maybe for the steak too. More photos and notes from the tasting at Corks to follow.