Screen Lounge

Screen Lounge is a sleek and sophisticated new lounge and rooftop patio, brought to you by the owners of Fran's Restaurant . Yes you read that right, and no, don't expect to get midnight pancakes and waffles here. Above the Fran's at Yonge and College, Screen Lounge and Fran's may share the same owners and general vicinity, but that's where the similarities end.

Opened less than a week, Screen Lounge is geared to the urban, young professional crowd. From its entrance on College Street, guests climb a narrow flight of black stairs to the main floor dining and lounge area with a fully stocked bar, chocolate brown booths, hanging decorative lights, and a plush ruby red bench seat spanning the west wall.

Another flight of stairs takes you to the rooftop patio, which has its own fully stocked bar, low red and black booths and table seating, and a very modest view of College Street and area. It's just three floors, after all.

Screen Lounge, true to its name, plays black and white movies in the evenings on four separate projector walls. "Old movies--the classics," manager Rafal Zwiedrynski says on the rooftop patio, motioning toward the east brick wall. "And we'll have the popcorn machine running too in the evenings."

Don't let the kernels fool you, however. Screen Lounge's menu is much more sophisticated, offering a lunch menu including gourmet Kobe burgers ($13), lobster melt sandwiches ($17), and an Asian infusion-meets-tapas dinner menu of Raw Bar sushi, appetizers, and entrees such as sake and miso-infused black cod ($27).

The cocktail menu includes several sakes, cognacs, and scotches, as well as seven beers on tap ($9/pint) and classic cocktails ($14). The signature drink--the Exclusive Screening ($14)--is a mix of premium vodka and Hpnotiq, along with passion fruit puree and a kiwi star. Screen Lounge also makes its own bitters for cocktails such as its Raspberry Fields ($16), which is a mix of raspberry vodka, Navan, macerated raspberries, and bitters.

The plan for Screen Lounge, according to Rafal, is to keep the rooftop patio open through the winter. "We want to build a roof, sort of like a glass dome," he says. "We haven't fully decided; we'll see how construction goes."

In the meantime, the patio is poised to take in summer crowds with fresh pitchers of sangria ($34) a live DJ on weekends. And for after last call, there's always pancakes and waffles downstairs.

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