Food Here's What It's Like to Open a Restaurant with Drake

20:24  12 february  2018
20:24  12 february  2018 Source:   Food & Wine

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Along with close pals Nessel “Chubbs” Breezer and chef Antonio Park, Drake has officially opened Pick 6ix in the buzzing core of Toronto’s financial district. The restaurant name and meaning is twofold; according to chef Park, the name draws from both American football, when an interception is returned for a touchdown, and the unofficial name for Toronto popularized by Drizzy himself.

Park met Drake through his best friend P.K. Subban, who invited the duo to LeBron James’ birthday bash with Maverick Carter (his business partner and close friend) almost two years ago. Chef Park cites their mutual love of gastronomy and Toronto as why they made the perfect fit.

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Here ’ s what happened at the pre- opening parties for Pick 6ix, the new Drake -affiliated restaurant . It ’ s like when you go home and your mom is resting, maybe watching TV, but when she sees you come in, she cooks for you. What do you do as mom?

It sounds like Drake might be out here diversifying his investments. There hasn't been an official announcement or confirmation from Drake or his camp that whatever that is opening will in fact be a restaurant .

“Although I could have opened something on my own, this opportunity really spoke to me," says Park. "Drake represents Toronto in the best way possible. He’s the city’s unofficial ambassador, so how could I refuse to partner with someone who’s so excited about the city and celebrates it wherever he is in the world?”

Park also mentions a je ne sais quoi element to their relationship. “Drake’s a visionary but he’s also incredibly humble and a super nice guy," he says. He’s down-to-earth and doesn’t have to be, especially in light of his status as a mega-celebrity. He can’t be on the street for more than 30 seconds without getting ambushed by practically every paparazzi on the planet.” 

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I heard it ’ s Drake ’ s nickname for Rihanna. [Laughs] Maybe. It seems like there are so many more quality restaurant options than, say, 10 years ago. I think there isn’t enough thinking about stability and creating a restaurant that will be here in 10 years.

So far no other information has been released, but keep it locked here for more details when they surface. You may also like . Food Music. Drake & OVO Chubbs Open Pick 6ix Restaurant in Toronto.

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During the restaurant’s soft opening on Wednesday night, chef Park explains that the posh and modern space reflects the trio’s desire to showcase the diversity of Toronto. “Drake, Chubbs and I want it to be a special place for everyone to go to. It’s a blend between a restaurant, a lounge, and a sports bar that celebrates multiculturalism.” Along with a Champagne (papi) wall, there are bespoke cocktails by Lawrence Picard, sakes with a cult following such as vintage Kuheiji and robust wines including Frédéric Magnien Meursault Burgundy and Limerick Lane Zinfandel from the Russian River Valley.

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