In 1989 the building at 251 Victoria Street was given new purpose when Bob Sniderman created the Senator steakhouse beside his legendary senator diner and a year later added the jazz club Top O’ the Senator. For 16 years the steakhouse offered pre and post theatre dining and the Top O’ The Senator became one of the most respected and well known venues for live jazz in North America.
In March 2005 the Savoy Bistro replaced the Senator Steakhouse and a year later the building was once again dark. Now, eight years later, the building at 251 Victoria Street has been given new life and new purpose as the Jazz Bistro the vision of Colin and Joan Hunter.
Lovers of music and fine dining, and realizing a need in the city they set out on a journey to create a comfortable, creative space to enjoy memorable nights of live performance and great food. As a lover of music and a well- recorded crooner Colin understood the need to respect the performing musicians with a room and stage that complimented and supported their talents and Joan brought that room to life through careful design, a state of the art sound system and a beautiful ‘one of a kind’ Steinway piano called the Red Pops.
Victoria and Dundas will once again become a mecca for musicians and music lovers alike. Diners will enjoy a great meal, raise a glass of wine in celebration and music will once more flow from a stage graced by some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians from home and abroad.
The Hunter family takes pleasure in welcoming you to their Jazz Bistro and wish you many unforgettable evenings filled with wonderful music, good friends and happy memories.