Last September Chris Doris, co-owner of Doris Family Produce in the market, and chef/restaurateur Greg Efstatheu, who operates Dino’s Grillhouse and Beverage Co. in Ingersoll and Dino’s Grill in Dorchester, renovated and refurbished the restaurant situated in the southwest corner of Covent Garden and opened Olive R. Twists. Long-time corporate hospitality professional and general manager Siva Markandu was hired to oversee the day-to-day operations and is dedicated to ensuring that guests of the restaurant receive the best experience possible.
This location has one of the city’s premiere patios, and was initially operated as Chauncey Smith’s by London restaurateur Mike Smith in 1999 — when the new Market initially reopened. Chauncey’s embraced a Chicago chop–house aesthetic and paid homage to Smith’s grandfather (an original market vendor). Chauncey’s specialized in excellent steaks, seafood and top-notch cocktails.
The next incarnation was Gambrinus Bistro, briefly renowned as one of London’s local craft beer hubs during publican Milos Kral’s tenure as general manager. Incidentally, Kral is now owner of the highly successful Milo’s Craft Beer Emporium just north of the Market on Talbot Street at Carling. Gambrinus was followed by Upfront at the Market, which was a very successful venture originally located in Strathroy, and the new location at the Market might have been challenged by an identity crisis — perhaps not upscale enough for serious diners but too formal for the casual-food crowd.
|Address:||130 King Street|
|Zip Code:||N6A 1C5|
|Lot Square Feet:||NA|
|Property Type:||Restaurant, Bar|