Boston Pizza, Toronto ON: The bustling Yonge-Dundas neighborhood, a hub of tourism and entertainment in the heart of Downtown Toronto will soon be home to a vibrant and inviting new Boston Pizza restaurant at the corner of Yonge St. and Gerrard St., thanks to an unprecedented design project with retractable roof specialist OpenAire. This location will feature Boston Pizza’s new design direction and bring new life to a historic 1873 building, located at 401 Yonge Street, by turning its top two floors into a unique destination where visitors will enjoy great casual dining in an open, outdoor-style atmosphere any time of year. Crowning the new restaurant design is a huge double-sloped, telescoping retractable skylight from OpenAire.
To create a design that matches the rest of the building’s fusion of modern and nineteenth-century architecture, OpenAire has made an operable skylight 27 ft. x 49 ft. The structure is divided along its length into three sections, each measuring 16.4 feet long, which telescope under one another at the touch of a button. The result is a dynamic space that feels like the outdoors in warm weather, but still provides shelter and warmth when the weather turns rainy or cold. This inviting design feature is a first for Boston Pizza.