Tapas aren’t the only thing Aristedes Pasparakis and Veronica Laudes have in common. Both are former employees of the Laurentian Room, he the Cabbagetown supper club’s consulting chef at the outset, she a server when the landmark art deco room first launched three years ago. Regrettably, the Laurentian struggled from the get-go and finally kicked the bucket earlier this month.
Renda Abdo, the brains behind 7 West and Wish, has just opened Straight (553 Church, 416-926-2501) in the Church and Wellesley village. Described on its website as catering to “sophisticated men and women,” the resto-lounge in the three-storey Victorian that was once Babylon features DJs like Denise Benson and Deko-Ze Thursdays through Sundays.