Toronto Diner Has Cool Connection To Hollywood

Published On March 6, 2018 | By Carrie Buchanan |

The Lakeview is an iconic, 24 hour Restaurant in the heart of Toronto West. It has been restored in its historic 1932 style to serve traditional and re-invented diner classics and comfort food and it has a very cool connection to Hollywood and the recent Oscar winning film “The Shape of Water”.

Yes, it’s known for it’s comfort food, but over the years, the Toronto diner has been involved in a lot of movies, including a cameo in the Oscar award winning film “The Shape of Water”.  

Film crews take over about once every month or two for movie, tv and commercial shoots, temporarily shutting down the place.  It’s the old time look that makes it perfect for movies like “The Shape of Water” which is set in the 60’s.  For the movie, Lakeview Restaurant was turned into a Dixie-themed pie shop in Baltimore, where one of the film’s characters buys a fridge full of key lime pies. After the movie hit theatres, the diner had to add key lime pie to its menu so patrons could re-enact the scene where one of the characters takes a bite and sticks out her green-stained tongue.  

Other customers order the chicken a la king dish featured in the 1988 movie “Cocktail” starring Tom Cruise, whose character gets a serving dumped on his head. Some come just to sit on the same stool where John Travolta sat in a pink-sequined dress in the movie “Hairspray,” 

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Other stars that have stopped by on screen include Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Wahlberg, Willem Dafoe and Michelle Williams, and many more celebrities have stopped by to eat when the cameras weren’t rolling.

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