Jason George
By YP Contributor

Family and Tradition

Husband and wife team Steve Marr and Lisa Kitagawa own and operate The Jason George, a stylish and spacious pub and restaurant just a stone’s throw from St. Lawrence Market. The couple opened the traditional-style pub in early 2000 and named it after their baby boy, Jason George Marr. A section of the pub named ‘Kate’s Corner’ is dedicated to their daughter. Steve and Lisa themselves are constant amiable presences at the Front Street East hotspot.

The heritage-listed establishment was expanded in 2009 and now boasts an impressive 3300 square feet. The building was reportedly completed in the 1840s, the same decade as the St. Lawrence Market (1845), but much earlier than the nearby Gooderham Building (1892). Steve and Lisa have over 25 years of valuable experience in the hospitality industry and love welcoming customers into their relaxed and moodily lit Old Town haven.

The Jason George is different from other pubs in the area,” Steve, a former professional hockey player in Europe, says. “We are a mom-and-pop shop, we don’t have the usual pub décor, we have a diverse range of beers, we have a great old building, and we serve only home-cooked food.”

We are a mom-and-pop shop. We have a great old building, and we serve only home-cooked food. - Steve Marr, owner
The Jason George - 15 draught beers, extensive wine list, 80-seat patio, seven flat screen televisions, dart boards, lunch, dinner and platter menu, weekend brunch menu, daily meal specials, fireplace, wheelchair access
The Jason George has a stylish bar and huge range of bottles. Photo by Daniel Swinton.

A Recipe for Success

The Jason George’s generous and refined pub grub is one of its major attractions. Kitchen manager Leo Ancans creates daily blackboard features and the restaurant serves pub favourites such as steak, fish and chips, chicken wings, curry, nachos, an array of burgers and sandwiches and salads. The ‘Soup of the Moment’ and the ‘Daily Sandwich Combo’ are always huge hits.

“We specialize in home-cooked meals and all our dishes are made from scratch here,” Steve notes. “We still use halibut for our fish and chips, despite what it costs us. We make sure every dish on the menu uses quality ingredients.”

In addition to the usual menu, this pub also features a platter menu that's designed for parties and large groups. “We can seat 164 customers and we can handle large reservations of up to 100 people," Steve points out. "Our platter menu is affordable and very popular with groups. We love hosting,” he adds with a smile.

The platter menu includes such delights as mini beef Wellingtons, sliders, duck, shrimp and vegetarian options. The kitchen is open to at least 11 p.m. every night and some menu items are available even later.

The Jason George - 15 draught beers, extensive wine list, 80-seat patio, seven flat screen televisions, dart boards, lunch, dinner and platter menu, weekend brunch menu, daily meal specials, fireplace, wheelchair access
The cozy interior booths at The Jason George. Photo by Daniel Swinton.
The Jason George - 15 draught beers, extensive wine list, 80-seat patio, seven flat screen televisions, dart boards, lunch, dinner and platter menu, weekend brunch menu, daily meal specials, fireplace, wheelchair access
The exposed brick interior of The Jason George. Photo by Daniel Swinton.

Pints, Patio, Perfection

There is no end to the entertainment you'll find at The Jason George. “The 80-seat patio is very popular, especially in summer of course,” Steve remarks.

This prime piece of Toronto real estate is perfect for people watching while having a pint and affords guests a superb view of the St. Lawrence Market and, beyond, the skyscrapers of downtown Toronto. Whomever you bring ― a date, a cousin from Alberta, a friend ― the view’s sure to impress them.

Inside, there is a polished wood bar, quirky artwork, exposed brick walls, dartboards, flat-screen TVs and a projector screen, fireplaces and even an antique wooden wall telephone. Sports are beamed live to customers, there is free Wi-Fi and the servers have tremendous knowledge of their various menus. If you fancy a tipple, there are 15 draught beers, several ciders and an extensive wine list available.

The Jason George is an authentic pub in the heart of Toronto run by a family who are passionate about hospitality and providing quality products to their customers. Come for the food and drink, stay for the patio.

The Jason George - 15 draught beers, extensive wine list, 80-seat patio, seven flat screen televisions, dart boards, lunch, dinner and platter menu, weekend brunch menu, daily meal specials, fireplace, wheelchair access
The grand and historic Jason George on Front Street East features a huge patio. Photo by Daniel Swinton.
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