Changeover from ‘Bread Bar’ to Bardō now complete for Hamilton restaurant chain

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Published February 12, 2024 at 4:47 pm

Hamilton-based Pearle Hospitality has completed the transformation of all three Earth to Table: Bread Bar locations – including two in the Steel City – to Bardō restaurants.

The new name is pronounced ‘bar-dough,’ a playful nod to the much-loved dough and the craveable menus locals have enjoyed for the past 14 years.

The changeover began at the James Street location in Hamilton and at on Gordon Street in Guelph, with new branding and design elements and a $500,000 renovation now complete at the second Hamilton restaurant on Locke Street.

Pearle Hospitality, which is headquartered in Ancaster, is also set to open a new location in Elora in 2025.

Bardō’s elevated menu will continue the commitment to Bread Bar’s ethos: ‘Good Ingredients Matter’ with a focus on its much-loved dough featured throughout the menu.

“It all started with a desire to provide our guests with quality food at an approachable price point in a vibrant atmosphere,” said Pearle Hospitality CEO Aaron Ciancone. “Fast forward 14 years, and now we have three locations with a fourth on the way. Our restaurants have become a destination for celebrations, date nights and everyday dining and I am looking forward to introducing Bardō to many more communities.”

While embracing the new name, Bardō will maintain the same team and culinary promise Bread Bar guests have grown to love. The fan-favourite stone-baked pizzas with the unique ingredients and names (Sweet Cheery Pie, Princess Pickle, The Hulk and Miso Sweet) will remain at Bardō, as well as its lunch and dinner menus – featuring soups, salads, mains such as short rib on a bun and grain bowls and plenty of sandwich options – and all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch.

Family-owned Pearle Hospitality – founded by the Ciancone family in 1936 – boasts a portfolio that also includes a golf club, a farm, a luxury hotel and Pearle Weddings & Events, a group specializing in staging weddings and events at Pearle Hospitality venues, such as Ancaster Mill, Cambridge Mill, Elora Mill and the Pearle Hotel and Spa in Burlington.

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