Thanks to the subway tiles and the exposed brick, it gives an intimate and cozy feeling. It’s a dimmed atmosphere that has a bar and sit-down dinner style tables.
Khephra Ahounou, Sidebar’s (former) general manager has been there from the start. From choosing the menu items like steak frites to old fashioned cocktails; she’s seen the restaurant change the Danforth night scene from an area that generally tends to be sleeping at night to a more alive and entertainment neighbourhood.
“When we opened Sidebar, we didn’t have an exact formula as to what we wanted to be,” Ahounou said. “We had the opportunity to build it and that was the most fun thing about it.” Whether you’re looking at the brunch, dinner or cocktail menu, the Sidebar team were able to construct everything themselves.
The music hall already brings a massive entertainment to this area. A lot of the restaurant’s business drives entirely from the music hall next door, which makes it hard to pinpoint what kind of clientele Sidebar typically attracts. Nevertheless, they also have many regulars who come on a walk-in basis. The staff and customers know each other on a first-name basis but also know their orders. Ahounou says that they also want to build another clientele with Sidebar Saturdays, they have a DJ that plays all the music you want to hear.