High-rise condominium towers continue to populate Toronto's Entertainment District, a part of the city known for its eclectic blend of dining, nightlife and entertainment venues, but most notably, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). A few years back, the TIFF Bell Lightbox and Festival Tower set the standard for future development in the area, not just by setting a height precedent, but also by adding to the neighbourhood's vibrance and entertainment culture.

Directly to the north of the Festival Tower and Bell Lightbox, The Daniels Corporation's Cinema Tower is also adding its own shot of culture to neighbourhood thanks to a 12,000-square-foot, 280-seat restaurant soon to open on the ground floor of Cinema Tower. Signage for Montecito Restaurant has been up on the podium's Adelaide Street frontage since mid-March, and the restaurant, owned by Canadian filmmaker Ivan Reitman (of Ghostbusters fame) is set to open this coming June, well in advance of the 2014 festival.

Cinema Tower, The Daniels Corporation, Kirkor Architects, Montecito Restaurant, Montecito signage on Adelaide Street as seen in mid-March, image by urbandreamer

As dozens of new developments and thousands of new residents descend on this growing area, the vibrant dining and retail environment currently only found on King Street is expected to gradually extend out in all directions, and this creative use of podium space is a sign of the changes to come

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