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>r RESTAURANTS liberty entertainment group Always Entertaining A Toronto developer of landmark night spots marks its 25th year. By Jamie Morgan >> Liberty Entertainment Group President and CEO Nick Di Donato stands in front of the Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex in Toronto, one of the firm’s signature facilities. or Nick Di Donato, working in the restaurant business started as a means to an end: Make some money, pay for school. He did just that, but after several years as an engineer, he went into the restaurant business again. Only this time, he partnered with his brother, Pat Di Donato. For Pat, who boasts 30 years of experience in the industry, working in hospitality was always the goal. In 1986, the company profile two ventured into business together with P.M. Toronto. It was a trial-and-error operation for the brothers, but the Liberty Entertainment Group sports bar became a success by catering to hockey fans Headquarters: Toronto who were missing out on the live action at nearby Maple Corporate employees: 20 Specialties: Event facilities, restauLeaf Gardens. rants and nightclubs After a successful two years, Pat, the company’s execNick Di Donato, president and CEO: “Even though it’s a recession, it’s still utive vice president, was ready to launch another P.M. time for opportunity.” Toronto, but Nick was in a conundrum. “Working fulltime as an engineer and having a part-time restaurant is F one thing, but working full-time as an engineer and having several part-time restaurants is quite different,” he recalls. “I needed to make a decision.” He left engineering to become president and CEO of Liberty Entertainment Group. That decision led not only to a second P.M. Toronto but the Torontobased entertainment empire that exists today. After blanketing Toronto’s downtown with 10 separate venues, including restaurants, night clubs and event facilities, the group has expanded into the backyard of Canada’s neighbor to the south with the re-open- 208 food and drink • spring 2011 • PHOTO: JJ Thompson, The Compendium Daily

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Food and Drink - Spring 2011

Food and Drink - Spring 2011
Tableside Chat
Table of Contents
News a la Carte
Current Events
FAD Exclusive
A Ripening Field
History in the Making
New Wine Paradigm
Don Sebastiani & Sons/ The Other Guys
St. Julian Winery
Ste. Genevieve Winery
Herzog Wine Cellars
Meier’s Wine Cellar
Oak Ridge Winery
Producers: Keeping Trade Secrets
MaMa Rosa’s Pizza
Gel Spice Co. LLC
Vegetable Juices Inc.
Royal Caribbean Bakery/Caribbean Food Delights
Red Stripe Beer
Robertet Flavors
Annabelle Candy
Andrea Foods
Anchor Brewing
F&F Foods
Santa Sweets Inc.
Hillside Candy
Ricos Products
Sethness Greenleaf Inc.
Wunder-Bar: Automatic Bar Controls
Antigua Distillery
AMES International
Amato’s Bakery
Charlie’s Pride Meats
Citromax Group of Companies
Diamond Bakery
Grindmaster- Cecilware Corp.
Heartland Mill
Kirschenman Enterprises
Rakhra Mushroom Farm
FAME Food Management
Schneider Packaging Equipment Co. Inc.
Sea Harvest Corporation (Pty) Ltd.
Sparrer Sausage Co. Inc.
Jamaican Teas Ltd.
Westminster Cracker Co.
Distributors: Don’t Risk It
The Fricks Company
U.S. Foodservice – Milwaukee Division
Arizona Select Distribution
Fairway Packing Co.
Ingredient Innovations
J.J. Taylor Distributing Co. of Minnesota Inc.
Mastronardi Produce
Milne Fruit Products Inc.
Pellerito Foods
Albion Fisheries Ltd.
RPE Inc.
Retailers: Savoring the Moment
Roadtown Wholesale Trading Ltd.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Quick Chek
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
Sendik’s Fine Foods Inc.
Zaro’s Bakery
Balboa Brands
Restaurants: Toss Around Ideas
Sizzler USA
Dick’s Last Resort
Granite City Food & Brewery Ltd.
Liberty Entertainment Group
Roly Poly Franchise Systems
Santa Fe Cattle Co.
Winger’s USA Inc.
Bensi Restaurant Group Inc.
Leo’s Coney Island
Three Things

Food and Drink - Spring 2011