After six years in business, St. Lawrence Market hood restaurant Lucien (36 Wellington St., at Leader) has closed and reopened as Olde Towne Oyster Bar.
Owner Simon Bower says the final meal was served on the last Saturday of September and since he kept the decor of the place, he was able to reopen the restaurant in its new incarnation late last week. Old Towne Oyster Bar, named after the neighbourhood’s historical designation, focuses on small sharing plates that top out at $15 (as opposed to Lucien’s app, main, and dessert format). “It’s very in line with what’s happening in the city right now,” he says. “Things are changing. People don’t have as much income to eat out.”
And while there are no tacos here, the seafood-centric menu has plates like smoked salmon ($10), tempura shrimp ($11), seared jumbo scallops ($11), an albacore tuna crudo with pear, radish, and ponzu sauce ($14), and a chicken liver parfait with house-cured bacon, pickles, and coronation grapes ($8). The most expensive dish will be a daily fish at $15 (recently it was six ounces of white fish) and Bower says they’re working on adding a meat entrée.
Cocktails will be handled by Holly Dewan who has previously worked at Museum Tavern and College Street Bar.
Old Town Oyster Bar is open for dinner Monday to Saturday starting at 4:30pm (the bar opens at 4 p.m.).—Karon Liu