Hawthorne Food & Drink was established for the sole cause of giving back to the community. On the one hand, the restaurant serves delicious food made from local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. On the other, it provides free training and career development for people in need of skills and employment.Hawthorne Food & Drink is a social enterprise of Hospitality Workers Training Centre (HWTC), a non-profit organization based on a sectoral workforce development approach. It was created as a partnership between the Hospitality Workers’ union (UNITE HERE Local 75) and major hotels in Toronto and modeled on the Culinary Training Academy of Las Vegas. HWTC works with Toronto’s hospitality and food service employers, existing workers and new entrants in need of work to train, support and strengthen the industry’s valued workforce. To date HWTC has trained over 500 participants at Hawthorne and other industry partner facilities, including unemployed youth and those in receipt of Ontario Disability Supports and Ontario Works. Out of these trainees, 70% were successfully placed in jobs in the hospitality industry of Toronto in the first year of completion.
60 Richmond Street East
Monday to Friday 7:30 am – 11:30 am
Monday to Friday 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Tuesday to Friday 5 pm – 9 pm
Closed Saturday & Sunday