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August 2015

  • Celebrated London Restaurant To Undergo Delicious Transformation

    August 4, 2015

    Celebrated London Restaurant To Undergo Delicious Transformation

     The Only On King, one of London’s most celebrated restaurants, is set to transform its dining experience to attract more people to the city’s historic downtown.

    “All the goals that I set out for the restaurant as a fine dining establishment have been achieved and it’s time for a new approach but with the same underlying values that made The Only so successful in the first place,” said Paul Harding, the restaurant’s owner and head chef.

    Besides a name change, the 30-seat eatery will undergo a renovation, expand its hours, add a take-away option and refocus its fine dining and drink menus to appeal to all age groups. “I want our little spot to be an approachable and fun cultural hub for the city. A place you can come to see what’s going on in our community through delicious, playful food, drink and art,” Mr. Harding said.
    One thing that won’t change is Mr. Harding’s commitment to using locally-sourced ingredients curated from his favourite farmers and producers.

    The restaurant’s artisanal cocktail menu will expand with a focus on fresh, local ingredients and alcohols. The restaurant menu will also expand to include lunch and coffee service and more small tapas-style portions for dinner and late night dining. Comfort food with a modern twist -- nothing on the menu will cost more than $20. Mr. Harding also promises to keep some menu items that helped put his restaurant on Canada’s culinary map, including its revered vegetable salad.

    To pull off this ambitious relaunch, Mr. Harding enlisted the help of several local businesses and organizations, including Miller & Co., Carve Branding and Design, Illbury + Goose, Sloane Stone Design and the London Downtown Business Association.

    Since opening in 2007, The Only has been featured in many national and local publications, including En Route magazine, Where To Eat in Canada, The London Free Press, eatdrink.caand Huffington Post Canada. In 2014, Mr. Harding was a recipient of the London Chamber of Commerce’s prestigious Top 20 Under 40 awards.

    The new restaurant, T.O.O.K., will open to the public on Wednesday, August. 12 at 11 a.m.

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