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Dine on 3 Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Winner - Adaptive Reuse of a Big-Box Space

After a detailed assessment of the most feasible location for Yorkdale’s new food court, the decision was made to capitalize on third-floor space left vacant by Eaton’s department store. Dine on 3, a name inspired by its location, totals 55,000 sq. ft., featuring 19 eateries and seating for 1,000.

Being located on a third-level space required keen attention to basic identity, vertical circulation, visibility, customer experience and quality. Utilizing a chandeliered grand stairway, escalator and lobby, Dine on 3 was staged with a stacked backdrop of premier balconied food tenants on the second and third levels. Along with a graphic glass elevator, these features entice guests to travel up towards the food court.

According to the jury, “The design solution takes the ubiquitous food court and creates places where you can feel part of the crowd or sit quietly. ... Understated in its design, it allows the food and beverage to stand out without creating a carnival atmosphere.” 

Dine on 3 comparable eateries’ achieved a 10 percent sales increase and productivity has risen to $2,744 per sq.ft. since the renovation.


Project Name: Dine on 3 Yorkdale Shopping Centre

Location: Ontario, Canada

Size: 55,000 sq. ft.

Design Architect: JPRA Architects

Architect of Record: Dialog

General Contractor: Carillion Canada

Glazing Contractor: Global Architectural Metals

Mechanical Contractors: Bering Mechanical Ltd.

Tile Floors: Calligaro Tile Co. Ltd.

Electrical Contractors: Urban Electrical Contractors

Wall Finishes: Cesaroni Contracting Ltd.

Kitchen Consultants: KAIZEN Foodservice Planning & Design Inc.

Elevator Consultants: KJA Consultants Inc.

Custom Lighting Fabricator:  Lighting Nelson & Garrett

Lighting Designer: Gabriel Mackinnon

Mechanical & Electrical Engineers: Hidi Rae Consulting Engineers

Branding and Logo: Watt International,  Maxxit Systems 

Backlit Resin Panels: 3Form

Ceilings: Ceilings Plus

Floor Tile: Savoia Canada Inc.,  Schluter

Paints: Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, Scuffmaster

Hardwood Flooring: Carpet Design Solutions

Carpet: Shaw

Marble Slabs: Olympia Tile

Wall Covering: Lonseal

Kerlite: Ciot

Decorative Glass: Joel Berman, SPS Glass

Panels: Trespa

Adhesives: Mapei

Brick: Watson Brick Co.

Washroom Partitions: McFadden's Hardwood & Hardware - Avonite

Furniture: Hauser, Tusch Seating, ISA International

Planters: Capital Gardens, Janus Et Cie

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