George Katagai is the new general manager of Vancouver’s Miku Restaurant, as the Japanese eatery prepares to mark its first anniversary in November. During his time in the restaurant industry, Katagai helped open the Park Royal Keg and Vancouver’s Saltaire and Terrace eateries. He was also part of the management team at Cardero’s and Sandbar Seafood Restaurant, also in Vancouver.
Since June, Bob Bermann, former chef/owner of Toronto’s much-missed Boba, which closed late last year, has been working the stoves at downtown Toronto’s venerable Senator Diner, bringing his refined style to homespun classics
Brad Long (ex of Veritas) is opening, in stages, a “Canadian Pub” called My Place, in Toronto’s west end. The menu will follow the same buy-fresh, buy-local mode he practiced at Veritas.
In October, kaiseki master Masaki Hashimoto will start serving his delicate, seasonally focused Japanese tasting menus in the Japanese Cultural Centre, in Don Mills, in north Toronto. This marks a move from the strip-mall location he operated for years. Reserve at least a week in advance, to allow the kitchen to order ingredients from Japan.
Claudio Aprile, in the front rank of Toronto’s top chefs, plans to open Origin, in late November, on King Street East, around the corner from his Colborne Lane restaurant. Although Colborne leans toward high-concept molecular gastronomy, Aprile is mum on Origin’s menu.
Paul Boehmer plans to launch Bohmer restaurant on Toronto’s red-hot Ossington strip. Most recently cooking at Toronto’s Rosewater Supper Club, Boehmer has designed a menu focusing on seasonal, Ontario-sourced game, fish and produce. The restaurant’s interior will reflect that Canadian theme, with a rustic interior courtesy of furniture manufacturers Brothers Dressler.