Paint Box Bistro in Regent Park
The Redevelopment of Regent Park is well underway and the area has never looked better. The first phase of the 10 year plan began in 2005 in an effort to spruce up the neighbourhood and to bring an end to its physical isolation from the rest of Toronto. For those of you unfamiliar Regent Park is Canada’s oldest and largest social housing project. According to Wikipedia the average income for Regent Park residents is half the average of the remaining Torontonians. The majority of families in Regent Park are classified as low-income earners. For years Regent Park was ignored and as it began to age, costly repairs were desperately needed. Toronto developed a plan to demolish and rebuild the entire neighbourhood over a 10 year period with a goal of retaining the cultural flavour that belongs to its many diverse inhabitants.
Restaurants and bars are popping up all over the place and one new business of particular interest is the Paint Box Bistro. The staff are hired from the neighbourhood and have trained at George Brown’s culinary program. Their objective is to improve the quality of life for the people in Regent Park, and they offer training, career and business development opportunities, as well as a catering service that targets downtown Toronto.
I had their omelette and it was extremely filling, that I couldn’t even finish it, which is unusual for me, as I tend to scarf down my meals without breathing. It was carefully prepared and delicious.
I’m really enjoying Regent Park, as it’s also in close proximity to Cabbagetown and Riverdale Farm. I would recommend you check out the redevelopment of the neighbourhood and indulge yourself at Paint Box Bistro.