After just over two weeks of hard work, Bedford’s il Mercato (1595 Bedford Highway) debuts its new look this week. The 14-year-old Bertossi Group favourite has undergone what Stephanie Bertossi calls “a spring re-do” that will result in some fresh decor, a massive new bar, a second-floor patio and some sprucing up in the menu department (hello, meatball burger!). “It’s the quickest one yet,” says Bertossi, who’s been working with Bertossi Group owners Dean Leland and Hakan Uluer as a consultant on the project.
“I’m known for the fast renos but this one was really fast.” She says the inspiration remains il Mercato—blending old with new to make sure the lively, family-friendly atmosphere of the restaurant remains. The new second-floor, flower-filled patio will seat 50, while the marble bar will make room for 20. “All of the restaurants in the Bertossi Group, they always evolve,” she adds. “Hakan and Dean really embrace the change.”