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New Landing Group restaurant with a retractable roof

May 24, 2017

Kelly’s Landing, a member of the Cara Operations Ltd group, has a new downtown Toronto location featuring a retractable roof designed by OpenAire 

The bustling streets of downtown Toronto will soon have a place where locals and visitors can stop to enjoy some relaxing dining with a refreshing outdoor atmosphere, as Kelly’s Landing prepares to open at the corner of Front Street West and University Avenue in the Spring of 2017. Kelly’s Landing, the newest location in The Landing Group of restaurants (a member of the Cara Operations Ltd. Group), will introduce a new architectural feature to the franchise’s innovative restaurant concepts; by featuring a retractable roof that opens up to the skies at the click of a button. This single-slope roof, measuring 30 feet by 44 feet, will bathe the restaurant’s dining and bar area in warm, inviting sunshine and fresh air, creating a dining experience that guests have never seen in a Landings Group restaurant until now.

The expansive retractable skylight will cover a large section of Kelly’s Landing, giving diners an attractive view of the skies above. The 44-foot length of the structure will be divided into three sections, each approximately 15 feet long, with custom-built motors that allow them to telescope under one another and park beneath a fixed glass panel. This retractable system has been designed in close collaboration with the restaurant’s design team, McMillan Design and architectural firm B+H Architects to ensure that it fits perfectly with the rest of the building’s architecture.

“This project is going to bring the best parts of an indoor dining area and an outdoor patio to Kelly’s Landing,” says Mark Albertine, President and CEO of OpenAire, “At OpenAire, our retractable enclosures have given many restaurants around the world the ability to offer an al fresco dining experience any time of year. Instead of a patio that sits closed for half of the year, Kelly’s Landing will be able to keep all of its seating open year-round. This will essentially double the restaurant’s seating capacity in the winter, giving Kelly’s Landing great opportunities for increased business. This is just one of the ways an OpenAire design solution can revolutionize a restaurant’s business.”

The custom-built skylight at Kelly’s Landing was designed and manufactured by OpenAire in Oakville, Ontario. This durable and reliable aluminum structure makes a perfect fit for The Landing Group’s commitment to quality, community and excellence in its restaurants. The striking skylight design will help to ensure that Kelly’s Landing continues The Landing Group’s tradition of bringing “the Greater Toronto Area some of the region’s most exciting restaurant concepts.” Located just a short walk from Toronto’s Union Station, Kelly’s Landing, will make an exciting and attractive new addition to Toronto’s already incredible dining scene.

Credit: Rendering design courtesy of McMillan Design


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