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Drake and Susur Lee collaborate on Toronto restaurant

Posted by Staff / September 21, 2015

frings torontoDrake has just opened a Toronto restaurant - and he's partnered with superstar chef Susur Lee on the venture. Fring's, at 455 King St. West near Spadina, opened tonight in the old Crush Wine Bar space.

While Drake and Susur have managed to keep details of the restaurant mostly under wraps, they have both teased about their collaboration on Instagram. A week ago Susur took to Instagram to announce his new project. Two days ago he posted a photo with graphics from Drake's Hotline Bling in the background.

Drake, for his part, shared his excitement for the opening, congratulating the chef along with sons Kai and Levi as well as best friend Angelo Ferraro.

frings torontoBeyond the teasers, the duo have been notably secretive about the launch and have managed to keep the details of the restaurant - including info about tonight's opening party - closely guarded.

What we do know has largely leaked out on social media tonight - Drake apparently showed up early to DJ and there's been a steady crowd outside trying to talk their way in. We have Ally Dean from Hello! Canada to thank for the news that Will Smith's offspring, Jayden Smith, has been grooving "like a boss" on the dancefloor.

Serena Williams may or may not also be making an appearance.

We'll post more details about the collaboration, menu and other details as we get them.

Discussion

38 Comments

meh / September 21, 2015 at 10:04 pm
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why isn't he making an appearance at the Polaris gala? Or did he?
Frances / September 22, 2015 at 04:39 am
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Double Yawn
cathie / September 22, 2015 at 07:20 am
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I really hope all these people lining up outside are friends and relatives of those involved
Gonzo / September 22, 2015 at 07:28 am
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Is this a fries and onion rings in the same carton themed restaurant?
Harvey WallB / September 22, 2015 at 08:06 am
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What the? Harveys introduced Frings back in the 80's!!! Rmember a haven for that Half order of fries, half order of onion rings! FRINGS!
Sarah / September 22, 2015 at 08:52 am
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Susur Lee LMAO.... is he still trying to roll sushi??
Duncan / September 22, 2015 at 08:54 am
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This photo resembles Target's opening day in Canada photos
Hungry / September 22, 2015 at 09:26 am
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A restaurant opening with no mention of food whatsoever.
GG / September 22, 2015 at 09:37 am
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Pretty sweet opening.. Drake, Jayden, Susur and the boys, free show by Drake, good food, open bar, top media, George Pimental photography, well-dressed crowd.. why is everyone hating? One of the best resto openings i've been to in a long time.
akswun replying to a comment from GG / September 22, 2015 at 09:46 am
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You can't expect anything less from BlogTO trolls.

Event sounded dope. Drake has been on his A game for 2015. How can you not be proud of the kid?
zitRemedy / September 22, 2015 at 09:55 am
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dead pool in 10 months. celebs and restaurants never do well. look at planet hollywood.
VeryFineHat / September 22, 2015 at 10:42 am
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Damn... a Drake restaurant? I was hoping for another venture by this fine gentleman http://carboncostume.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/gusfring.jpg
@VeryFineHat / September 22, 2015 at 10:55 am
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I almost peed myself laughing.....Los Pollos Hermanos!
sigh / September 22, 2015 at 11:48 am
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Good lord, King West just gets douchier and douchier every day.
What is Frings / September 22, 2015 at 11:53 am
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So did they explain the name Frings? Or are they just making fun of people that can't pronounce the word THINGS properly due to accents, speech impediments, etc?
Rick / September 22, 2015 at 12:22 pm
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WOW so much hate here....you people need to get a life
Haters Are Lame / September 22, 2015 at 02:32 pm
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So much hate on here for two men that have done more for Toronto than anyone commenting on this post. How can you condem a place you haven't even tried? Crush was irrelevant, This is exactly what this area needed. Hats off to Drake & Susur, all this hate is surely a sign that you're doing something right. New Toronto!!!
Carey / September 22, 2015 at 02:47 pm
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Haters gonna hate - how is this such a terrible thing?
BobX9 / September 22, 2015 at 03:20 pm
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Been to all of Susur's spots and I really like the food/vibe. I bet these haters have never even been.
Tall Poppy Syndrome / September 22, 2015 at 03:31 pm
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If there is one thing Canadians cannot stand is another Canadian who make it, when they themselves are miserable 9 to 5'ers barely eking out an existence. The hate becomes doubled when it is about successful Torotonians. Congrats to this group of losers who have proved to us how small minded and jealous they are. Well done, crowd, well done. Stand up and take a bow. No one on the planet is as small minded and petty as yourselves.
neilson replying to a comment from Sean Sanders / September 22, 2015 at 03:31 pm
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penning (ghostwriting?) soft hip-hop or presiding over a dubious empire of tiresome pan-asian gastronomic abortions does not preclude one’s self from criticism.

you’re incorrect in your projection that people are somehow jealous of drizzy or papa sur. anyone lamenting this garish eatery is objecting to the fact that it’s going to be a haven for dead-eyed social climbers literally forking-out untold sums of money for salmon tartare on kettle chips*.

It’s a culinary nightmare fronted by two stunted megalomaniacs, nothing more.

*this is not a joke, this is the actual fodder they served during the soft launch.
ProjectCafe / September 22, 2015 at 04:06 pm
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Los Pollos Hermanos?
The Chekan replying to a comment from neilson / September 22, 2015 at 04:34 pm
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The 'stunted megalomaniac' is you and the others here with the negative comments; grow the frack up and get a life, and stop coming to Blog TO to bitch all of the time. Nobody said that you or any of other whiners had to even go to this place.
Zark Fatah replying to a comment from GG / September 22, 2015 at 06:03 pm
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I was fortunate enough to have attended the invite only opening for friends & family. Being a fellow King West business owner I have a pretty good perspective on how Frings will do and I think it is destined for success for a few reasons. First off, the food I had was super tasty and unique for the King West area. The best way to describe what I tried would be gourmet comfort food. The new design is very well done, breaking up the space and providing a nice bar / lounge area adjacent to an intimate dining room with windows that open on to King West. Given it's location and the team behind it, Frings will be successful even after the buzz of it's ownership wears off.

As far as the opening event itself, I would love to see more of those beautiful faces back on King Street again soon. It was a cool, well dressed crowd that were mingling and enjoying the great cocktails and food being passed around all night. The music was of course amazing with a few different DJ's taking over the decks. Guests definitely got excited when Serena showed up but she wasn't the only celebrity in the room. Many of Toronto's local celebs and socialites were there to support. Fring's officially opens October 8th and I'm personally really looking forward to tasting the rest of what Susur has created as this cuisine is a definite departure from what we usually expect from him.

On a related note, I could easily join the hate band wagon and trash talk Fring's out of straight jealousy or fear of competition as I own a few businesses in the area. I truly believe that this establishment will only add to the momentum of King West's growing popularity. If "douchie" King West, Drake or Susur aren't your thing, that's cool but why trash talk. King West is the most dynamic street in the country whether your like it or not. Drake and Susur are both people we should be super proud of regardless of what you think of their talents. It's a shame that some of you don't embrace and support our locals but I guess small minded people would rather throw insults and negative opinions as that's much easier than taking the time to experience it for themselves and giving an educated opinion.

Good luck to Frings and the team behind it, you definitely have my full support.
????? / September 22, 2015 at 06:06 pm
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If this is the sort of establishment you wouldn't be interested in then don't go. Seems to me if a restaurant doesn't involve crowdfunding or a dozen cats it gets bad reviews on here.
Jamie / September 22, 2015 at 06:08 pm
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You celebrity gawkers need to understand we all can express ourselves. Stop being angry about those that are angry. Your doubling up on the anger.
Alan / September 22, 2015 at 06:11 pm
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So does this mean we all need to like Nickleback and the BareNaked Ladies? Were not allowed to dislike Canadian success stories??
Angelina / September 22, 2015 at 08:06 pm
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Class response, Zark Fatah. I rarely read these blog comments but I was intrigued and excited to hear this news about the Resto. Holy Moly, haters!!
The cream will always rise, is all I can say.
Good on you, Drake and Susur. Can`t wait till on a quiet, dreary January night when the commotion has died down to go in and experience it!!
Travis / September 22, 2015 at 09:38 pm
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Are we already considering this restaurant/lounge a Canadian Success Story? Sure Drake and Susur are Canadian success stories but that doesn't mean everything they touch turns to gold. We are commenting on the restaurant alone. Sure it was a great opening with all the celebs regardless of the location or the menu or the restaurant.
Carl / September 22, 2015 at 11:07 pm
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So do they even have Onion Rings, Fries or Frings there? Would love a thick cut onion ring and skin on potato wedges...
Dayne / September 23, 2015 at 10:15 am
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I have no problem with either of the owners. I have a problem with an article about a restaurant opening that doesn't mention a damn thing about the food or atmosphere. Who cares if Jayden Smith is there? I don't go to a restaurant to see an overrated celebrity, I go to eat.
Anna Shiweda / September 24, 2015 at 09:10 pm
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CHAMPAGNE WHAT???????!!!! CHAMPAGNE PAPI! JIMMY FROM DE GRASSI, AUBREY GRAHAM,REP OVO, EAST END! WE LOVE YOU AND ALL YOU STAND FOR!

LOVE
xxxxxxx
Maria / September 25, 2015 at 04:13 pm
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It's about fringing time.
Sarah / September 29, 2015 at 12:35 pm
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Where's the menu, Fring's website. Its great Drake is advertising the new restaurant but why IS the entire article about Drake. I want to see what the restaurant looks like, what the menu is like and the prices...c'mon Toronto.
Mr nobody / October 11, 2015 at 06:59 pm
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This was a write up about the opening party of a restaurant opening. Wait for the reviews if you want to know about the food. Also let word of mouth speak louder than one persons experience or opinion.
Gabriella replying to a comment from Carl / October 28, 2015 at 02:34 pm
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Fries were quite yum! I went there last night. Fairly priced, a lot of things were ment to be shared, but ofcourse they had meals! Well prepared food, everything we got was delicious. Nice atmostphere and friendly workers. Definately will go there again!
Gabriella replying to a comment from Carl / October 28, 2015 at 02:35 pm
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people people people. calm down! Stop throwing shade!
Gabriella replying to a comment from Sarah / October 28, 2015 at 02:37 pm
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25-40$ was the price of the main meals.
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