Allen's

143 Danforth Ave.

Founded in September 1987

ALLEN'S WAS FOUNDED IN 1987 AND IS NAMED AFTER MY MENTOR, JOSEPH C. ALLEN. IT WAS JOE ALLEN WITH WHOM I OPENED THE EPONYMOUS RESTAURANT AT 86 JOHN STREET, TORONTO, IN 1980, AS WELL AS THE MUCH-MISSED ITALIAN GEM ORSO IN 1985. JOE ALLEN RESTAURANTS STILL EXIST IN NEW YORK, PARIS AND LONDON, AND ORSO FLOURISHES IN NEW YORK AND LONDON.

JOE ALLEN'S VERY FIRST INDEPENDENT VENTURE (HE HAD PREVIOUSLY WORKED AT THE LEGENDARY P. J. CLARKE'S) WAS CALLED ALLEN'S (1960-1964) AND WAS LOCATED AT 73RD STREET AND THIRD AVENUE IN NEW YORK. MANY SCENES IN THE FILM "HOW TO MURDER YOUR WIFE" WITH JACK LEMMON AND TERRY-THOMAS WERE SHOT IN ALLEN'S, WITH JOE BEHIND THE SUPERB HALF-ROUND BAR. IT WAS A SALOON RESTAURANT TYPICAL OF NEW YORK AND TODAY'S ALLEN'S SALUTES AND HONOURS THAT PREDECESSOR AND MODEL.

WE COOK ALL OUR FOOD ON THE PREMISES AND TO ORDER, AND USE LOCAL AND PESTICIDE- AND HORMONE-FREE PRODUCE WHEREVER POSSIBLE. OUR AMBITION IS TO PRESENT FOOD AND DRINK IN A TRADITIONAL WAY, AS WAS DONE BEFORE THEME AND CHAIN RESTAURANTS AND ENTERTAINMENT DINING BEGAN TO CROWD THE MARKETPLACE. WE ARE DECIDEDLY INFORMAL, BUT STRIVE FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AND A CIVILIZED ATMOSPHERE.

John W. Maxwell
Proprietor