Charles Khabouth pays tribute to Lebanese roots with new restaurant Amal

For the first time in Charles Khabouth’s 30+year career, with over 20 hospitality venues in operation and five more in the works, the award-winning restaurateur and Beirut-born entrepreneur will pay tribute to his Lebanese roots with the opening of Amal, a modern Lebanese cuisine restaurant, this spring in Toronto.

Designed by the award-winning design firm and long-time partner Studio Munge, Amal will completely reinvent the Bloor Street space formerly occupied by the hospitality powerhouse’s La Société. Offering an undeniable modern charm, the look and feel of the venue is inspired by traditional Lebanese architecture and design.

“I have wanted to open a Lebanese restaurant for many years,” says Charles Khabouth, CEO, INK Entertainment. “As a native of Lebanon, ensuring authenticity was paramount. Last year, members of the INK team and I travelled there to curate the best it has to offer and bring to Amal. We have one of the best executive chefs from Beirut, we worked with one of the Middle East’s biggest design firms to create the brand, and we handpicked and imported the restaurant’s décor and dishware. I believe this level of authenticity will elevate our city’s dining scene to new heights.”

Executive Chef Rony Ghaleb joins the INK Entertainment team with more than 25 years of progressive experience as a chef at some of the most renowned hospitality venues in Lebanon. Chef Ghaleb’s menu will feature contemporary versions of traditional shared plates. Amal will be open for lunch and dinner daily, with brunch served on Saturdays and Sundays.

The second location in Coconut Grove, Miami is scheduled to open later this year.

Head to www.amalrestaurants.com for more information.

INK Entertainment announces new partnership with The Spoke Club

INK Entertainment CEO Charles Khabouth and President Danny Soberano are pleased to announce a brand new partnership with The Spoke Club. Joining new owner Fernando Mammoliti, the trio will be revitalizing Spoke Club with new art, entertainment and culinary offerings while respecting and maintaining the private member legacy. To launch INK’s involvement, current members can anticipate a refreshed rooftop patio for Summer 2019 and a new curated art collection to revive the venue’s interior.

“The Spoke Club’s longstanding history as an exclusive, private member club is something we respect tremendously,” says Charles Khabouth. “Premium products and experiences are fundamental to our business, and we look forward to offering our expertise in hospitality to this establishment’s well-respected community.”

Working with the award-winning Toronto-based design firm Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects, The Spoke Club will begin floor-by-floor renovations starting in 2020.

Veld Music Festival announces phase one of 2019 lineup

Veld Music Festival announced last week its phase one lineup featuring Cardi B, Kygo, Skrillex and Tiesto as headliners for 2019. The festival will be returning to Downsview Park on August 3rd and 4th for its 8th year – one of Toronto’s longest-running festivals.

Co-headliners include Alesso, Kodak Black, Juno-award winning duo Loud Luxury and Toronto’s own Zeds Dead. Other notable acts include Australia’s breakout producer and DJ Fisher, actor and musician Jaden Smith, as well as up-and-coming rappers Rich the Kid and Ski Mask the Slump God.

2-day General Admission and VIP tickets are on sale now. To purchase tickets and for more information, head to the official Veld website.

Toybox officially opens in downtown Toronto

The latest entertainment and nightlife venue from INK Entertainment has officially opened in downtown Toronto. Toybox – located at King and Portland – roared in on February 1st and 2nd for their Grand Opening weekend with the launch of Jack Your Saturdays – the club night brand – and Toy Factory Fridays – the brand for electronic events – featuring special guest DJ RL Grime.

Toybox is a 4000 square foot venue which welcomes guests to become captivated by the sophisticated, state of the art interior design. Captivating your mind with snake berry and eel walnut custom leather upholstery, modern pop culture accents and enchanting lifelike digital artwork, this adult playground is designed to summon your inner child on any giving night.

With Toybox’s 1200 guest capacity, it introduces a brand new irresistible nightlife atmosphere to Toronto’s elite Entertainment District. From electrifying Friday nights to enchanting Saturdays with characters from your wildest dreams, Toybox delivers an experience that this city was waiting for.

For upcoming events and to see what’s inside the box for yourself, head to www.ToyboxToronto.com

 

 

UNIUN Nightclub to close in 2019

INK Entertainment announced today that UNIUN Nightclub will be closing its doors as of January 2nd 2019. 

Launched in 2012, UNIUN was the first venue of its kind with LED-light installations, a top-of-the-line sound system and a chic industrial feel. Home to some of Toronto’s biggest parties, top artists such as Calvin Harris, Tiësto, A$AP Ferg, Steve Aoki, Fat Joe and Afrojack have performed inside the venue’s weekly Factory Fridays and UNIUN Saturdays events.

In celebration of the last six years, UNIUN will be hosting five massive closing parties: Bass artists Borgore and Getter on Wednesday, December 26th and Thursday, December 27th, as well as the final Factory Fridays and UNIUN Saturdays on December 28th and 29th. The last and closing party of the series will be on New Year’s Eve. Tickets can be purchased for these events via the UNIUN Nightclub website.

UNIUN’s exit may be bittersweet, but it is a sign of new and exciting things to come from INK Entertainment.

Byblos Uptown set to open December 6th 2018

Hanif Harji, hospitality leader and CEO of ICONINK, and Charles Khabouth, Chairman of ICONINK, are pleased to announce Byblos Uptown – the third location of the brand and first uptown venture for ICONINK – will open to the public on Thursday, December 6th 2018. The new Byblos location will be at the helm of ICONINK Executive Chef Ben Heaton (Patria, Estia, Weslodge, La Societe, Sofia and KOST). 

Similar to its downtown Toronto and Miami locations, Byblos Uptown will be rooted in the cultural and regional mosaic of the Eastern Mediterranean with the sharing style menu extending the brand’s culinary philosophy. Guests can expect to see favourites Turkish manti dumplings, house-made labneh and wood-fired pides on the menu, plus new savoury dishes such as m’taabal, ras el hanout black cod and ora king salmon. A wide selection of local wines, beers and signature cocktails will be available to compliment all dishes.

“We wanted to expand our reach in the city and open a location in Toronto’s north end,” said Charles Khabouth, Chairman, ICONINK. “Not only is this a great opportunity for us to further develop our brand and establish roots in this vibrant neighbourhood, it allows our culinary team to explore new menu ideas that expand our culinary offering,” explained Hanif Harji, CEO, ICONINK.

Transforming the space from previous brand North44 is longtime interior design partner and award-winning firm Studio Munge. “Immersive scale and artisanal touches define Byblos Uptown,” says Alessandro Munge, Principal, Studio Munge. “Where traditional technique meets modern form, guests enter through a 19-foot archway and are embraced by graphic handmade tapestries from Marrakech, woven light fixtures, and dozens of authentic Persian rugs.”

Byblos Uptown will be open seven days a week: Sunday to Wednesday 5pm to 11pm and Thursday to Saturday 5pm to 1am. For more information and reservations, head to the Experience Byblos website.

Sofia Restaurant & Bar wins Mark McEwan pasta taste test

Chef Mark McEwan partnered with Post City this month to taste test Toronto’s best hand-crafted ravioli and agnolotti. Sofia Restaurant & Bar had some stiff competition – including runner-up La Palma, Piano Piano, Terroni & many more – but INK Entertainment’s own came out on top!

As stated in the Post City article, McEwan loved the ricotta-stuffed dish – by head chef Rob LeClair – with chanterelles, hazelnuts and black truffles. “I really like the combination, really elegant and simple, as pasta should be.”

To try the Agnolotti Al Tartofo for yourself, reservations can made via Sofia’s website. Sofia Restaurant & Bar is located at 99 Yorkville Ave.

Charles Khabouth wins EY Entrepreneur of the Year for Entertainment & Hospitality

Congratulations to INK Entertainment’s CEO and Founder Charles Khabouth on winning Ernst & Young (EY)’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Entertainment & Hospitality sector for the Ontario region. 

The EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2018 Ontario awards program honours the visionaries who dare to think differently to pioneer new solutions, combinations and possibilities. This year, 46 finalists across nine categories were recognized for their entrepreneurial spirit, unyielding high standards and commitment to purpose-driven leadership. The awards took place on Thursday, October 25th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre with many of Ontario’s successful entrepreneurs and business owners in attendance. 

“Creating experiences is my passion and seeing guests enjoy themselves at our venues is the ultimate motivator,” says Khabouth. “I extend my congratulations to all of the other finalists at last night’s gala. To work in this industry and be recognized by EY is an incredible honour. I can assure you INK Entertainment has much more to come.”

Leading the entertainment and hospitality scene since the early 1980’s, Khabouth is known and respected for his risky out of the box ideas. From Toronto’s ground-breaking Club Z and nightclub Stilife, award-winning restaurants, luxury boutique hotel brand Bisha and a recent venture into the art world, Khabouth’s 30-plus year career has been nothing short of inspiring.

Taglialatella Galleries Toronto to host Metamorphosis by Rubem Robierb

Taglialatella Galleries Toronto announced they will be showcasing Rubem Robierb‘s latest exhibit Metamorphosis – with other Taglialatella Galleries showing pieces – for one month. Metamorphosis by Rubem Robierb explores Robierb’s journey as a visual artist, harnessing the strong aesthetic skills gained from his initial work as a photographer, which he now employs within a diverse range of multi-media prints, paintings, sculptures and three-dimensional works.

“We are incredibly excited to host the gallery’s first of many solo shows,” says Alan Ganev, Director, Taglialatella Galleries Toronto. “We strive to create a unique experience at the gallery that features cool, imaginative and thought-provoking works, which is exactly what Rubem’s art accomplishes.”

Exclusive to the Toronto show, Robierb has created limited edition black and white silkscreen with diamond dust prints available for purchase. The signed prints are a unique rendition of his signature vibrantly coloured Bullets and Butterflies works.

The exhibit opens in Toronto on Thursday, September 27th.

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Cabana Pool Bar hosts annual fifth edition of The Red Party

Toronto summer hot-spot, and INK Entertainment‘s own, Cabana Pool Bar celebrated its 5th Annual Red Party during Canada Day Weekend on Saturday, June 30th. The Red Party drew thousands of patrons celebrating our country’s birthday, featuring resident DJs Jed Harper and Chris LaRoque, drummers, a violinist and a few more surprises.

Watch the recap video by PRCPTN Inc below.

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