Then they decided to construct a new bar/restaurant, located not too far from the old one but built with a dfference. An upper level has been added, giving them twice as much space, there at Queen and Albert Street.
Elegantly classy, yet functional and modern, the open concept holds the space with green plant walls and large windows. The opening has been timed perfectly for the enjoyment of the crowds coming to see the events going on in the city for the G20 Summit. And on this Friday night before they shut the city down, the place is packed.
If you are planning to go you may want to go early and you will want to stay late to see the transformation that takes place.
When you first walk up, you notice the marble interior, the numerous bar stools and the bench style seating to accommodate a host of your friends. All multifunctional, you can do date night or hang out with your mates under cover.
You may decide that you want to be out under the sky so you head to the roof top. The anticipation of the roof top bar has had people interested since the signs went up months ago, showcasing the architect's renditions of what would come.
You can watch sports on the big screen, undercover, or you can choose to sit at the rail and be amazed at the thousands of people passing by as you sit, perched above the street.
On this spring afternoon the temperature is warm and there is a nice breeze. You are protected by an awning that covers most of the seating area. Then the sun goes down. The sky opens up as they retract all the shade coverings, opening you up to the moonlight and stars.
The bar has a large selection of delights including wine on tap. Again, this is such an amazing idea and bottle saving at the same time.
Now you would think dinner would be an afterthought with this modern concept but they have put as much thought into the meals as well. With a diverse yet small menu there is a good number of things to choose from, including pizza, steaks, burgers and rolls, salads and choices from the sea. The Nepalese Himalayan Curry is spicy and flavorful, the Beer Battered Fish and Chips, tasty and light.
The lights come on and you notice the ceiling opens up in yet another area allowing night to come in.
The bathroom seem to be the only problem, as there are only 2 toilets, for everyone to share, one of them being urinals. I guess you could go down the street to the toilets on the mall.
The new Jimmy's is indeed a great improvement to the urban landscape of the queen street mall. The feeling of the space and the ability to sit one level above the mall and look over and across the action is delightful. It is a pitty however that the quality of the food does not match the atmosphere. Maybe Jimmy's is going through its initial first 2 weeks as a new operation. Lets hope the food and more than the intent of good service improves. I'll give it one more go in a couple of weeks.