Saks Fifth Avenue had been a long time coming for the City of Toronto, opening earlier this year to much fanfare within The Bay at Eaton Centre. They have now opened a flagship 3-storey restaurant called Leña. According to Retail Insider, Leña has a 70-seat lounge on the lower level, a 96-seat dining and bar area and 86-seat formal dining room on the main level, and a 44-seat private dining room on the top level. The culinary concept is catered towards South American cuisine.
What is even more exciting is that later this year, Saks Fifth Avenue will be opening a 25,000 SF “Saks Food Hall” in the same department store. Together with Leña, Saks will be well positioned as a Culinary Oriented Development. Saks already opened a Food Hall al their Sherway Gardens location in Toronto earlier this year, and has been met with positive reviews. The 18,500 SF food hall on gourmet ingredients to purchase and take home, along with prepared grab and go food, and food stations. All Saks Food Hall’s are operated by Pusateri’s, a local Toronto gourmet grocery chain that focuses on fresh produce and high-end international ingredients. The Sherway Gardens location of the Saks Food Hall is quite spectacular in design, so I can’t wait to see how the downtown flagship location will look.
Combining a 3-storey flagship restaurant and 25,000 SF food hall is displaying the importance of culinary endeavors to the luxury department store chain, and how they see market demand increasing in the future.