Location: Laird Avenue, Toronto
Design: Mackay Wong Strategic Design
Photography: Elaine Kilburn
Description: A contemporary spin on old world hospitality, Against The Grain Urban Tavern is a two-storey restaurant with patios on both levels that plays off of the grain in wood, the grain in food and the axiom of going against the grain. Wood is the primary material used to express the concept of Against the Grain and was employed throughout, with various contemporary details to offer texture and warmth. From the exterior the wood-backed signage and farm-like fence supported by the logo icon create clues of what to anticipate inside.