Who We Are

Urban Dish provides a dining experience that satisfies a need for superior food and a phenomenal cocktail program. 

Since changing ownership 5 years ago, this upscale but unpretentious locale has been receiving accolades and has a reputation of being one of the highest rated restaurants north of Toronto.  Through passion and a love for exceptional flavours, Owner Jennifer LeGallais has assembled a group of likeminded individuals that aim to bring her dream to life.

Their executive Chef, Dennis Thornton, has a vision and passion for food that pulls creative inspiration from local and abroad.

Urban Dish’s cocktail and bar program rivals anything you would find in downtown Toronto. Their Mixologist, Kevin Harris, exceeds local standards when serving up his handcrafted cocktails.  He provides a “wow” worthy experience that will leave you thirsting for more.  Think you don’t like Gin or Tequila? Think again!  He mixes up his own brand of specialty and classic cocktails that are sure to tempt and impress you.

The Executive Team

JENNIFER LEGALLAIS

Owner/ Operator

Born and raised in Barrie, Jennifer is no stranger to the numerous restaurants this city imparts on us.  Having a hunger (and thirst!) for an exceptional dining experience, Jen has raised the bar since taking over Urban Dish in 2012.

 

To make a good restaurant great, it takes superb food, outstanding cocktails, and remarkable service. Jen intuitively knew that Barrie was in need of a place that was top in all three categories.

 

Whether it be, securing the area’s only mixologist or her sought after chef, Jennifer has built a team of people that strive to exceed expectations in every facet of the business. With a little patience and a lot of perseverance (and maybe even a tiny dose of insanity), Jen has had the fortitude to turn Urban Dish into one of the most prominent establishments this city has to offer.

KEVIN HARRIS

General Manager/ Mixologist

With more than two decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Kevin joined Urban Dish in Sept of 2016 by way of Charlotte, NC, having helmed the bar for celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse at e2.

 

Kevin began his career in Los Angeles in the early 1990’s and has crafted his skills and knowledge in the likes of Denver, Chicago, Detroit and Las Vegas. His experience comes from working and managing everything  from fine dining to hotels, casinos and local pubs. Kevin’s expertise, inspiration and passion, though, lie behind the bar.

 

He describes his style as sophisticated, but simple and approachable. You’ll often hear him say, “we’re not drinking, we’re learning” and Kevin’s stories about his craft are endless. His goal is to give you an experience.  “You can get the basics anywhere outside our doors but when you’re here, just try something different, you won’t be disappointed!” And we wholeheartedly agree!