An open-roof pizzeria design in Toronto?
Boston Pizza and retractable roof specialist, OpenAire, worked together to open a new Toronto location that not only represents the chain's new design direction, but also brings life to an historic 1873 building on Yonge Street where the chain turned the structure's top two floors into an open, outdoor-style atmosphere available to diners at any time of year thanks to a huge double-sloped, telescoping retractable skylight .
The 27-by-49-foot operable skylight is divided along its length into three 16.4-foot sections that telescope under each other at the touch of a button. That allows the area to feel like an outdoor space in the warmer months, while still providing warmth and atmosphere in cold or rainy conditions.
"Boston Pizza's new urban design concept completely transforms the look and feel of the brand and we are excited to roll out this contemporary new look to more Boston Pizza locations across the country," Boston Pizza International Food Services and Design Senior Vice President Helen Langford, said in a news release. "What makes this Yonge and Gerrard location even more special is the use of available space."
The downtown Toronto location sits amid local landmark, the Carlu and the nation's tallest condominium structure, the Aura, as well as Yonge-Dundas Square, the Eaton Centre, Ryerson University and University of Toronto.