Toronto Restaurant News: Spring 2018 - La Palma owners to open Constantine and Scarlet Door inside The Anndore House

From a media release:

Toronto Restaurant News:
Spring 2018 - La Palma owners to open
Constantine and Scarlet Door inside
The Anndore House - 15 Charles Street East

Toronto, ON – From the culinary creators who brought sunny SoCal to Toronto with Insta-worthy La Palma, comes their second collaboration, Constantine. Craig Harding and Alexandra Hutchison (Campagnolo) and Jack and Domenic Scarangella and Steve Christian (Mercatto) bring a soulful amalgamation of flavours and atmosphere from Italy to the Middle East, set to open spring 2018 inside The Anndore House (15 Charles St. E.).
 Constantine’s menu, spearheaded by Chef Craig Harding, will highlight local ingredients at the peak of season presented in thoughtfully-inventive dishes, where striking and aromatic flavours reign. A wood-burning oven and hearth will be the focal point of the kitchen, churning out crispy pizzas, alongside expertly roasted and lightly smoked meat and seafood. Like La Palma, vegetable dishes take centre stage with family-style dining encouraged. Equally important to the food presented at Constantine, is a meticulously designed wine program, which will feature a curated mix of old world balanced with fresher modern wines.

“Italian food will always be my first love, but I think there is a fascinating story to tell in this kitchen about the history of Mediterranean food,” said Harding, Chef and Owner of Constantine. “The Roman influence is present in the east and in many ways, the exotic flavours have made their way back to Italy. Once you see the way the food works together, it makes for an incredible menu.”

Craig Harding. Photo credit: Rick O’Brien  
The 145-seat main dining room includes 18 Chef’s Bar seats with unencumbered views of the sprawling, open kitchen and an additional 50 seats at The Bar at Constantine. A 40-seat outdoor patio will follow in late spring.

Scarlet Door, a casual counterpart café nestled next to Constantine and beside the Crows Nest Barbershop inside The Anndore House will serve the local morning, noon and afternoon walk-in crowd. Scarlet Door will offer a more approachable yet rebellious aesthetic with décor references to the seminal punk and new wave scenes that defined the neighbourhood in the '70s and '80s.

Both spaces, designed by award-winning multidisciplinary design firm Studio Munge, will provide guests of The Anndore House and local patrons alike with a variety of spaces and dining options – whether it’s a quick bite in the lounge or at The Bar at Constantine, a delightful coffee in the café or a leisurely meal in the restaurant’s main dining room.
• Looking to escape to the Mediterranean but don’t have the means to get there? Do the next best thing and join the Constantine team. A hiring fair will be held on January 20 from 12 - 4 p.m. Apply for positions in person at the East End of The MaRS Centre Atrium (101 College St.).
• Inquiries and resumes send to
The Anndore House
Long before The Anndore House became one of Toronto’s most stylish and celebrated hotels, it was The Anndore Hotel & Apartments, a charming 10-story brick building that opened in the 1950’s. It was home to many of Toronto’s most eccentric personalities and famous faces.

Today, we’re a fusion of our quirky past + modern style.

Completely revamped to be your favourite Toronto destination, we believe the foundation of a great hotel is a place where you’d want to live and be yourself.

The Anndore House has a creative soul and we lovingly share our passion for art and culture to kindred spirits. You’ll discover some of Toronto’s most talented artistry in our building’s finishes. They’re all one of a kind. Just like us.
Meeting room, The Anndore House
 About Constantine
The second venture from Craig Harding and Alexandra Hutchison (Campagnolo) and Jack and Domenic Scarangella and Steve Christian (Mercatto) – the creators behind wildly popular La Palma in Toronto, Constantine is an homage to the diverse, stimulating and primal cuisine of distinct regions of the Mediterranean. Located inside The Anndore House (15 Charles St. E.), the restaurant, lounge and bar aim to cultivate an intimate and inviting atmosphere that will be a gathering place for local residents and guests of The Anndore House, as well as a destination spot for anyone looking for a generous dining experience full of the familiar and exotic.

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