Name: The Annex Hotel Contact: 296 Brunswick Ave., 647-277-1179, theannex.com, @annexhotels Neighbourhood: The Annex Previously: The Green Room Owners: Justin Fong, Andrew Peek (Delphia) and Trevor Speis (The Good Son, Mrs. Robinson). Chefs: For Annex Commons, Big Trouble Pizza & Seven Lives Tacos, and for the Annex Wine bar, chef Hoon Ji. Director of food and beverage: Hassel Aviles (The Underground Market).
The new boutique hotel’s lobby is a café by day and a wine bar at night. During the day, the menu features things like avocado toast and pastries from Mabel’s Bakery. At night, it switches over to stuff that goes well with wine: conservas, meat-and-cheese plates, steak tartare. The hotel’s evenings-only venue, The Commons, is a mini food hall with a menu from Big Trouble Pizza and tacos and tostadas from Seven Lives. Everything is available to go, and a Brunswick-facing takeout window will sell coffee later this March.
The Lobby Bar’s coffee counter serves espresso-based drinks, while the bar serves low-intervention wines, local craft beer and cocktails, both signature and classic. Over at the Commons, there’s more craft beer, more cocktails (including negronis on tap) and a short wine list.
The smaller of the two venues, Lobby Bar doubles as a daytime workspace complete with plush furniture to sink into and fast Wi-Fi. Come summer, an outdoor patio will add space for an extra 20 people. The Commons, decorated with exposed brick, concrete floors and plenty of plants, features an open kitchen, and two bars (one for wine, the other for cocktails and beer).