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Remai Modern partners with leading restaurateurs Oliver & Bonacini

Saskatoon, Canada —

Remai Modern is very pleased to announce that Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality (O&B) has been awarded the tender for food services in the new museum, scheduled to open in 2017.

“Four firms competed during a rigorous Request for Proposal process, and we couldn’t be happier with Oliver & Bonacini, which is Canadian owned and operated,” said Gregory Burke, Remai Modern Executive Director & CEO.

“The company is renowned for its innovative restaurants and event and catering spaces,” Burke said. “Significantly, it has experience working within an arts institution, having operated restaurants and a rooftop event space at TIFF Bell Lightbox since 2010, and provided catering services to the Royal Ontario Museum and Design Exchange for the past number of years.

“We’re looking forward to working with O&B entrepreneurs Peter Oliver and Michael Bonacini on this artful partnership,” Burke said. “We can be assured of some exciting things on the menu.” “We are honoured to partner with Remai Modern, supporting its bold and vibrant vision with our inspired cuisine and hospitality expertise,” said Andrew Oliver, President and CEO, Oliver & Bonacini. “We share a passion for contributing to Canadian culture in imaginative ways, and are excited to collaborate in creating exceptional experiences for local and global guests alike.”

Canoe, one of O&B’s Toronto restaurants, was recently rated 8th among Canada’s Top 100 Restaurants. O&B co-founder Michael Bonacini is a celebrity chef, cookbook author, and a judge on CTV’s MasterChef Canada.

The terms of the 10-year contract include operation of Remai Modern’s full-service restaurant on the ground floor, and catering within the building. There is an option for an additional 10 years upon mutual agreement.

The restaurant and patio space is generously supported by the Vaughn Wyant family. The restaurant and bar together have approximately 70 seats, and there is an adjacent seasonal outdoor patio overlooking the scenic river valley. Other spectacular sites for catering in Remai Modern include the second-storey Riverview Room and a fourth-storey rooftop terrace.

The intention is to hire some 50 people locally, with oversight from the O&B culinary and operations team.

About Remai Modern

Remai Modern is a new museum of modern and contemporary art currently coming to life in Saskatoon, a growing city on the vast Canadian Prairies. Opening in 2017, it aims to be a vibrant, imaginative and prescient museum committed to affirming the powerful role that art and artists play in questioning, interpreting and defining the modern era. The building, by leading Canadian architects KPMB, overlooks the South Saskatchewan River in downtown Saskatoon. Remai Modern is home to the world’s foremost collection of Picasso linocut prints and aims to be a centre for contemporary Indigenous art programming.

About Oliver & Bonacini

Hospitality Oliver & Bonacini is recognized as one of Canada’s leading fine dining restaurant and event companies, operating several unique and innovative restaurants. Operations include à la carte dining, quick service, catering, group dining and special events. Current restaurants include Canoe, Jump, Auberge du Pommier, Leña, Biff’s Bistro, Liberty Commons at Big Rock Brewery, Luma, Bannock, America, Beaumont Kitchen, R&D, Oliver & Bonacini Café Grill (Toronto, North York, Blue Mountain, Oakville) and O&B Canteen in Ontario, as well as The Guild in downtown Calgary. The company’s private dining and events division, Oliver & Bonacini Events and Catering, manages a number of large-scale event venues, including Arcadian, The Carlu, Malaparte at TIFF Bell Lightbox, and the Toronto Region Board of Trade, among others. Oliver & Bonacini credits its success to the development of a strong corporate culture, where excellence of food quality and service are valued above all else.

For further information, contact:
Sheila Robertson
Communications Manager
Ph +1 306 975-2242