Mascot Brewery is reopening its Toronto bar in a new location today, Friday, July 26. The former popular spot on Mercer Street closed down a year ago, but Mascot King has been reinvented as a restaurant bar and is hosting its grand reveal tonight and Saturday. We've got your first look inside (and outside) the Mascot Brewery new location on King Street West.
The relatively quick turnaround time wasn't always part of the plan, though.
"We weren't planning on coming back as fast as it happened but it was a great location and a great opportunity for us to do so," Aaron Prothro, founder and CEO of Mascot Brewery, told Narcity.
The brewery's former bar location on Mercer, known for its popular rooftop patio, was shut down last year to make way for a condo and luxury hotel.
And now the day has finally come. Mascot King is ready to open.
The new location will feature a bottle shop with retail and a small nano brewing system along with a full restaurant and open beer garden in the back.
Prothro knows the rooftop patio at the old Mascot was special and can't be replicated, but he's excited for people to see the open space at the back of Mascot King.
"It's still hidden so you get that backyard vibe in the city," he said.
So, what can you expect from Mascot King's opening?
A DJ spinning tunes, a great menu, some complimentary drinks, a backyard in the heart of downtown, and, of course, craft beer.
Prothro promises a sophisticated space that's still approachable.
"We take our craft very seriously but we also want to present it in an approachable manner," he said. "Never making it pretentious or 'too cool.'"
"We're bringing the Mascot vibe back."
The new Mascot King will be located at 220 King St. W., across the road from Roy Thompson Hall near the intersection of King and University.
After this weekend's opening, it will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. through the week.