Toptable Group Lands Prime Whistler Spot, Readies New Concept For Summer 2015

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by Andrew Morrison | Toptable is opening a new restaurant in Whistler, and when it debuts this summer it will be unlike any other establishment on the mountain.

When the Aquilini Investment Group bought the company a year ago, the blockbuster deal included several properties outside the company’s famed restaurant portfolio. Among these was the old Savage Beagle space on the Village Stroll, which is already demolishing to make way for the new concept. The new restaurant will be on two levels with 30-40 seats upstairs for lunch, dinner, and late night service, plus 50-60 seats downstairs for events and private functions.

Needless to say, this is very exciting news. Whistler is the location of Toptable‘s first restaurant, Araxi, which has been the anchor of Whistler’s food scene since 1981 and remains, in my opinion, one of the very best restaurants in the country to this day. So I think it’s pretty fair to say that something awesome is in the works here, whatever it is.

While the name and food concept aren’t being revealed just yet, we’ve been told that it “will offer a food and beverage experience not currently available in Whistler.” We can also confirm that Araxi chef James Walt and Restaurant Director Neil Henderson are both attached to the project. I spoke to both of them yesterday and they are already hard at work in the development stage of both the menu and the concept with Toptable president Michael Doyle.

NB. 2015 is a milestone year for Toptable, as CinCin is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary, and Blue Water Cafe and West both turn 15.

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