The Wait is Over…Actinolite Opens
What’s that old saying: “if you build it, they will come”? Well, they did (finally) build it, and the folks did indeed come. Last Wednesday night the residents of Christie Pits and Dovercourt Village (including me) finally got to experience the long awaited arrival of Actinolite. Since first moving back to this neighbourhood five years ago, we’ve watched as owner and chef Justin Cournoyer (formerly of Susur) lovingly and carefully renovated and restored this neglected building into both a home for his family and a much needed neighbourhood restaurant. The wait was worth it! The space itself is warm and inviting, and the food (made with regionally sourced items) was fantastic. The excitement of the night’s grand opening was punctuated with the arrival of Lisa Ray, host of this season’s Top Chef Canada; a dose of celebrity in a neighbourhood that has, for the most part, gone unmentioned.