For condo dwellers with big party dreams, this flexible dining room space is the answer
Running a café was a challenge on this out-of-the-way downtown street, even before it became a construction site for the upcoming Nobu Residence. And so, Hotel Le Germain decided to take advantage of the city-imposed downtime on Mercer to change gears: switch out the café for a Victor’s Private Dining Room flexible dining space that businesses and small condo dwellers with big party needs.
Originally conceived of by The DesignAgency in 2017, the idea was to connect the interior design studio’s characteristically bold concrete floor tiles that run through the original cafe with this, a new and easily manipulable private room. Intended to operate separately from Victor, the private dining room offers its own brand of cocktails, menus, and themed events. Headed by food and beverage manager Kasia Koziara, with a tight two-week turnaround scheduled, contractor Ainur Dervis was brought in to tear out the coffee station and replace it with a curved corner wet bar for Albert Chan, one of the city’s most serious mixologists. Dervis divided the new room from the main dining area with heavy Wedgewood-blue floor-to-ceiling curtains, removed the furniture and retained the early 20th-century knick-knacks.
Opening night in May featured one of the room-specific menus from veteran chef Lanny MacLeod, inspired by his grandmother’s Betty Crocker Cookbook, a reproduction of ‘60s cocktail fare, including bright-green pressed-juice gelatin pineapple salad, molded salmon mousse, and Rice Krispies Squares with chocolate chips and Moon Rocks. Anyone with an era-specific booking request for a party with a moderately sized guest list (standing-room capacity is about 70; 50 sit-down) can book directly with the Victor.