What’s on the menu at Good Company, a new Queen West café and cocktail bar (that’s also a barbershop)

What’s on the menu at Good Company, a new Queen West café and cocktail bar (that’s also a barbershop)

For all your bagel tower, beer and buzz cut needs

A cocktail in a coupe glass garnished with a fake one-hundred-dollar bill sits on a shelf surrounded by bottles of liquor

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Name: Good Company
Contact: 498 Queen St. W., goodcompany.setmore.com, @goodcompanyto
Neighbourhood: Queen West
Owners: Mandy Todaro and Eric Buzzeo
Chef: Mandy Todaro
Accessibility: The main-floor café and bar is accessible, but there are stairs to the barbershop
 
Anyone who finds themselves on Queen West both thirsty and in need of a haircut is in luck. Good Company is the latest in a growing trend of café-by-day, bar-by-night spots opening up across the city. Sometime during the middle of the pandemic, Mandy Todaro and her partner, Eric Buzzeo, decided to turn their love of hosting dinner parties into a business for when the world opened up again. After a few hurdles, they were finally able to open the café and barbershop portion of Good Company this past July, and they launched their cocktail bar menu in late November.

The outside of a restaurant with a rollup garage door and some sidewalk seating

A woman holding a glass of white wine sits next to a man who has his arm around her
Owners Mandy Todaro and Eric Buzzeo

During the day, Todaro serves up coffee-based beverages and brunchy plates. Meanwhile, Buzzeo, a barber with 15 years of experience, works upstairs. When the sun sets, the space transforms into a chill bar, with snacks and cocktails available until 2 a.m.

The food

Although she has a background in bartending, Todaro has always loved cooking, so she came up with all the menus. The daytime menu means mile-high mortadella sandwiches, an amped-up take on avocado toast and three-tier bagel towers. The nighttime bar menu features shareable snacks, like burrata with toasted sourdough, steak tartare and spiedini.

A three-tiered tower loaded with toasted bagels, smoked fish, and other savoury and sweet accoutrements
Get the best of both worlds with this bagel tower. One tier is loaded with mascarpone cheese topped with honey-soaked blueberries, mint, lime zest and crumbled pistachios; the other with smoked salmon, salmon roe, red onion, lemon and shallot cream cheese. $31

 

A ball of creamy burrata on a black truffle base comes with toasted sourdough slices and Maldon salt
A ball of creamy burrata on a black truffle base comes with toasted sourdough slices and Maldon salt. $18

 

The steak tartare is made with AAA tenderloin and grainy French mustard. It’s topped with grated parmesan, alfalfa sprouts, an egg yolk and a pickled pepper
The steak tartare is made with AAA tenderloin and grainy French mustard. It’s topped with grated parmesan, alfalfa sprouts, an egg yolk and a pickled pepper. $26

 

Avocado mousse is topped with lump crab tossed in garlic aïoli, fried shallots, scallions and a stack of kettle chips
A mound of decadent avocado mousse is topped with lump crab tossed in garlic aioli, fried shallots, scallions and a stack of kettle chips. $21

 

A silky slab of tiramisu made with Amaro Montenegro and espresso
A silky slab of tiramisu made with Amaro Montenegro and espresso. $12

 

The drinks

The focus here is coffee and coffee-based drinks made with De Mello beans—including some boozy ones, like an espresso martini or the tequila-based Filthy Chai. Or go all out with a mimosa bottle. During bar hours, guests can enjoy a rotating selection of small-batch wine from Traynor Vineyard, beer, or a selection of classic and signature cocktails. The Nonno Peppe, named after Todaro’s grandfather, is a blend of Cynar, Amaro Montenegro and coffee, and it’s served on an Italian playing card in place of a coaster. “My nonno could barely speak English, but we always played cards together,” Todaro says. Zero-proof cocktails are also available upon request.

A woman holds a plastic cup that contains a coffee-based beverage
The Cinny Bun, a customer favourite, is a cappuccino shaken with ice and mixed with a cinnamon bun syrup. $7

 

A cup filled with a pistachio-topped latte sits on a saucer
This not-too-sweet pistachio latte is another fan favourite. $6.25

 

A vibrant green cocktail made with tequila, mezcal, benedictine, cucumber-basil syrup, lime juice and a few drops of dill oil
The refreshing Herbie Fully Loaded is named after the movie Todaro saw on her first-ever date. It’s made with tequila, mezcal, Bénédictine, cucumber-basil syrup, lime juice and a few drops of dill oil. $18

 

A cocktail in a coupe glass garnished with a fake one-hundred-dollar bill sits on a shelf surrounded by bottles of liquor
The Working Girl is made with vodka, Licor 43, spiced vanilla syrup, mango purée, lime juice and a shot of prosecco. $18

 

The space

The two-floor space is Todaro’s Pinterest board brought to life. From the DIY limewash walls to the light woods and black accents, it’s a calming place to work in during the day. At night, it’s a buzzy bar with a DJ spinning until 2 a.m. The space can also be booked for private parties of up to 75 people. The street-facing garage door at the front will open up to a sidewalk patio during the summer.

An empty café

A coffee menu written on butcher block paper

A dimly lit restaurant with standing tables, stools and hanging plants

Tables and banquette seating in a restaurant

The inside of a barbershop