Welcome to Loire

The old adage of 'good friends, good food and good wine' is a way of life for Jean-Charles Dupoire and Sylvain Brissonnet. It's also the inspiration for Loire.

As childhood friends in France's Loire Valley, Chef Jean-Charles and Sommelier Sylvain learned the importance and enjoyment of good food and wine. While their travels and careers took them around the world both together and apart, their friendship lasted years and they eventually reunited in Ontario.

Having honed their skills with experience in some of the world's finest restaurants and hotels, Jean-Charles and Sylvain began working towards their dream of owning and operating their own restaurant. They envisioned a place where Jean-Charles could explore his creativity and test the limits of his own kitchen, and where Sylvain could develop a wine list that truly reflected and enhanced the menu.

Finally, after ten years of experience in Canada, they decided that the time was right to settle more deeply into the community and open their restaurant. Pooling their resources, they found a spot on downtown Toronto's Harbord Street and began the planning and creating that, in the fall of 2008, became Loire.

Named after the region where they grew up and became friends, Loire is a reflection of Jean-Charles' and Sylvain's friendship, history and desire to share their passion for quality ingredients, creative preparations and great wine with their new home in the Harbord community.

Sylvain Brissonnet      &      Jean-Charles Dupoire