“A Modern speak easy vibe” is what you encounter upon entering the cozy new Rockwell Lounge in the former Annex space. And a dynamo trio that will knock your socks off!
Led by renowned Chef Jack Beers (left), Rockwell’s culinary team that includes Sous Chef, Djordje Blagojevic (Georgie) (right) will surprise and delight the most discerning of palettes. Expert mixologist at the front of house, Alex Archer (middle) will perfectly pair your meal with bold wine and/or original house cocktails, one that even arrives in a book! Yes, you read that correctly!
In his own words, Jack offers a “very approachable” menu of a “few of his favourite things.” You can bet these favourite things will be interesting as Jack’s experience in the kitchen is vast. He’s worked in some of the world’s top restaurants – from Langdon Hall to Vancouver’s Hawksworth to the world’s ranked #2 Geranium in Copenhagen where he was a sous chef at this 3 Michelin star from 2014 to 2016. He also trained for 18 months in Vancouver for the elite Bocuse D’or cooking competition in Lyon, France where his team placed 9th out of 24. This event is frequently referred to as the gastronomy equivalent of the Olympic Games!
Georgie hails from KW and started cooking professionally at the age of 17. Following on a formal education at George Brown college he worked at some of the city’s finest restaurants including The Chase, Nota Bene, George and Wood’s. Get ready for his delectable flatbreads made from homemade fermented dough and baked in the kiln.
Before his career behind the bar, Alex was a roaming musician in Europe. It was here that he became interested in cocktail culture and when he returned to Ontario decided to channel his creative juices full time into developing amazing cocktail recipes and completing training at the Toronto Institute of Bartending. And his hard work has paid off! Alex placed in Ontario’s top 10 bartenders during Woodford Reserve’s Manhatten Experience competition earlier this year. But Alex has not completely forgotten about his roots… many of his cocktails bear the name of musical favourites – modern love, love potion # 9 and paperback writer to name a few.
Rockwell Lounge had its grand opening on Friday, June 3rd and is now officially open for you to dine! Wednesday 4-10pm, Thursday 11-11pm, Friday 11 to Late, Saturday 11am (brunch) to Late, Sundays 10am(brunch)-9pm.