Ciel has always been known as the city’s most fashionable neighborhood.
But as the days go by, the restaurant has also seen a resurgence in popularity.
The restaurant recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, and is a favorite for many locals.
“It’s the place where you can go in your neighborhood and say, ‘Hey, you should come here,'” says chef Dan Stuckey.
But the new restaurant at the old cabbagetown location is more than just a place to go.
Ciel is now the center of a community and culinary experiment that has made its way from humble beginnings in a basement in the basement of the hotel, to the current location on the ground floor of the Ciel restaurant.
“We decided to put ourselves on the map,” Stucker says.
“And we decided to try and make it something that everyone wants to come to.”
The first restaurant to open at Ciel, Stuckeys original plan was to open a restaurant for local musicians and artists, and a casual spot for the restaurant’s residents.
Stucks family moved into the old Ciel space in 2014, and the restaurant, now known as Ciel and Stucki, has become a hub for locals to come and enjoy a delicious lunch and dinner every day.
“Everyone’s favorite thing in this neighborhood is to go to the bar and have a drink with their friends, and I’m so happy to be able to do that,” Stockey says.
But, when it comes to the food, there are no easy answers.
“I don’t think I could really cook well without having to know what I’m doing,” says Stuckys mother.
“But I can do dishes that I think people will love.”
To get started, head to the Ciolo de la Villa de Ciel at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 26, at the Cialis hotel.
Reservations are encouraged.
The Ciales restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m.-2 a.