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BRB, friends

It's with a heavy heart that we've decided to close Founder temporarily amidst the accelerating spread of COVID-19. We've done everything we can to keep serving you, but the current climate has unfortunately made it unfeasible to keep operating at this time. That said, we believe closing temporarily gives us the best chance to bounce back successfully once it is safe to open again.

To the countless other small businesses like us weathering this new reality, we're cheering you on. To all the individuals who have taken us this far, thank you!

We'll be right back, we swear. Until then, if you'd like to support us, please consider buying a gift card.

See you again very soon,

Kendall Collingridge
Head Chef and Owner

A globally-inspired bistro in the heart of Little Portugal. How Toronto.

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2020 Diners' Choice Award Winner

Founder was voted as one of the best restaurants for international food and handcrafted cocktails by OpenTable diners. We were also voted as one of the best for romance, which means our dance moves are totally working (or that diners love us for date night).

We're lucky to serve a community that cares deeply about great food, great drinks, and great company. They think we're pretty great, too. Like, 4.8 out of 5 stars great. 

"Amazing isn't strong enough of a word to describe this gorgeous bar. The passion and creativity of the chef is clear and present in every dish. This is why Founder shines. Did I say the décor is stunning? It's definitely a must visit for everyone visiting Toronto. You won't be disappointed."


"The team at Founder is awesome. Their fried chicken is the best in the city in my opinion. Their chef, Kendall, is awesome! The cocktails are god send. I hosted a dinner party there and was really blown away by the service provided by the whole team there."


Our cocktails are pretty damn good, too

"Cocktails are classically inspired with creative twists and textures – a pomegranate foam here, a palo santo perfume there – and lesser-known spirits like aquavit and calvados step into the spotlight."

NOW Magazine