416 SNACK BAR is a bar about Toronto. What does that mean? It's really quite simple: with each snack we serve, we aim to represent the quality and diversity that characterizes this beautiful city. Statistically, it's the most ethnically abundant urban place on the planet, with almost 49% of our population being foreign-born and no one group dominating this half of our friends and neighbours. The result: proprietors Dave Stewart and Adrian Ravinsky grew up trying to find the city's best Jamaican beef patty, the best margarita pizza, the best souvla - and aim to bring that type of snack to your face.
Over the last decade, things have changed a lot in Toronto, and definitely for the better. So we celebrate that every day at 416.
It's been said that our lack of a distinct regional cuisine means that Toronto doesn't have it's own culture - we strongly disagree. Our culture is a culture of many cultures, living happily together - respectfully distinct and highly delicious. Come stuff your face and see what we mean.
The man in charge of the guys in charge of deliciousness is Dustin A. Gallagher, Esquire. Enthusiastic smiler, gleeful taster of everything and proud family man, his background stems back to working at Susur in its prime. Stints on Top Chef Canada and Iron Chef America got him some shine but his food unquestionably speaks for itself. You'll never catch him side-plating a dish or unnecessarily squiggling a sauce - his style is straight-forward crunch to squish ratio-rooted. He's also the exec chef and a partner at our sister spot Peoples Eatery, located in Chinatown on Spadina Avenue.
Mark is the guy in charge of making the cooks cook things properly. Also chief organizer, his reorientation of the walk-in fridge and dry storage areas are legendary. His background is fairly diverse, having worked at fishing lodges in British Columbia (where he did a significant part of his growing up), in corporate chain joints (hence the organizational skills) as well as in a handful of spots here in TO. Overall nice guy, but don't leave things mussed up in the kitchen or he'll muss you up.
Melissa Curr and Daniel Sanchez are the front of house management tandem in charge of making sure hospitality is extended, wines are the right temperature, lights are correct, napkins are folded when you're up to pee - all of the stuff that keeps the front humming. 416 is all about offering an elevated level of service in what looks like a dive bar - and these two are in charge of making that happen. Mel's come up happened at King Street staple Buca, as well as Cocktail Bar and The Harbord Room. Daniel's experience is diverse: Soho House, Peoples Eatery, Campagnolo, Grand Electric.. we could go on.