When I tell people where I live, the first question is inevitably when is Cactus Club Cafe Yonge Sheppard Centre opening? Building on the North York location began less than a year ago, but the drawings and plans have been in the works for closer to four years.

This third location for Ontario is still putting in the finishing touches, with an estimated opening date slated for soon! They promise. The nuts and bolts are in place, so it truly is a matter of months. They’re fully in the hiring process with a job fair coming on May 4th, which is a great sign (interested applicants learn more here).

We were invited in for a preview, donning hard hats and all.

Cactus Club Cafe Yonge Sheppard Centre Might be its Best Yet

A primer for those who haven’t visited a CCC. It’s the best in the breed of casual unpretentious dining institutions. Each Cactus Club Cafe is unique but follows a similar design; an upscale atmosphere with inviting social spaces. Every location brings globally inspired food and curated cocktail menus. Born on the West Coast, the Yonge and Sheppard location will be the company’s 33rd location.

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The space will feature a full bar, lounge, dining room and patio putting North York nightlife on the map

It’s the kind of easy clubhouse where you can meet friends for dinner, drinks or anything in between. With a culinary focus, the food is exciting. It’s consistently good and consistently busy. As a leader in the category of casual fine dining, Cactus Club Cafe is one of the fastest-growing restaurant groups in all of North America.

Everyone is Welcome at this Club

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Tory Nash, Corina Phu and Paul Woodham of Cactus Club Cafe

Home to big chain restaurants, small mom-and-pop shops, food courts and everything in between, this section of Yonge Street is a global array of culinary delights. Nestling up to these tenants proves this pocket is worth a trek uptown. It’s thriving. While other parts of the city are seeing lower vacancies, this part of town is equal parts neighbourhood and bustling business magnet. Plus, it’s still growing. An adjacent prime corner is in construction and more homes and condo developments already have shovels in the ground.

Cactus Club Cafe Yonge Sheppard Centre at a Glance

🔪 14,000 square feet with two entrances- Sheppard Ave East and Longo’s

🌵  Tricked-out all-season patio with 58 seats and weatherproof design, fans, string lights, blinds, greenery, four TVs and heaters

⛱ Lounge, Dining Room and Patio accommodate up to 306 guests

🍔 Uber popular menu items like sushi, poke bowls and salads will deliver on CCC’s culinary pedigree

🍺 15 beers taps, and wine on tap (two white wines, two red wines) and a full cocktail program by Sam  Zavari

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A High-tech and not too-high-up patio will draw you in and up

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The state-of-the-art space will provide new nightlife to one of north Toronto’s most populated neighbourhoods. Cactus Club’s signature DJ selections will curate music powered by a mega-watt sound system. The lounge will feature three retractable projectors and five TVs. All of this will pale in comparison to the vibrant art that Cactus Club cultivates at each location. A 10-foot Daniel Mazzone mural will greet guests off the Sheppard Avenue East entrance. Expect more inspired pieces to invigorate the indoor space.

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Coming soon- The newest Cactus Club Cafe is coming to Yonge and Sheppard 🌵 We took the hard hat tour! #auburnlaneeats #cactusclubcafe #yongeandsheppard #comingsoon

♬ Unstoppable (I put my armor on, show you how strong I am) – Sia

Not only will this long-awaited opening bring new life to this bustling community but a ton of jobs, too. Chef Paul Woodham aims to hire over 60 line cooks alone for the kitchen, all of whom will be encouraged and supported to fulfil their Red Seal Chef certification, carving out careers and solid futures instead of just jobs.

This is a fully wheelchair-accessible location. Stay tuned as we literally stalk the opening! And be sure to follow along: @https://www.instagram.com/cactusclubcafe

All images by Libby Roach.