From comedic chops to pork chops: Canadian filmmaker Ivan Reitman has announced his foray into the restaurant business by opening his own eatery in Toronto’s Entertainment District this summer.
The Ghostbusters producer has teamed up with New York chef Jonathan Waxman (of Barbuto) to open Montecito, a 12,000-square-foot, 280-seat restaurant, which is named after Ivan’s wildly successful production company.
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Ivan Reitman produced the films Ghostbusters, National Lampoon's Animal House and No Strings Attached
Located next to the TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre at (where else?) Reitman Square, the lavish, two-story space features a 60-seat patio, which Ivan hopes will be especially happening during the Toronto International Film Festival, running this year from Sept. 4 to 14.
With the help of his Toronto-based foodie friends, including Susur Lee, Anthony Rose and Lynn Crawford, chef Jonathan has crafted a seasonal menu that is said to feature ingredients from across Canada.
The restauranteur is hoping Montecito will be a TIFF hotspot
"You've got the greatest pigs in the world 45 minutes from here," Jonathan told the Canadian Press. "And I'm sure the farmers will be so appreciative that we utilize their stuff and be respectful of what they do. Because really they're the key to this picture.”
Montecito is expected to open its doors next month.