Sunday November 21st marked the final day of business for La Palette, my favorite place in Kensington Market, and the space through which I’ve had the pleasure of helping to coordinate Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington since 2004 with owner Shamez Amlani.
Close friend of the restaurant, Michael Louis Johnson put it best – “Goodbye La Palette in Kensington. You were more than a restaurant, you were a pirate ship. You gave jobs to talented artists, you helped a neighbourhood re-discover itself, you opened a little trap door from which we could escape this drab world of concrete and digital white noise. I can’t possibly count the number of deeply human experiences I’ve had sitting in the warm glow you created. Thank you.”
I didn’t get any pix of myself dancing on the bar for the first and final time on Saturday night (!!), but I did photograph the people and performances from Sunday night.
While the original location is no more, thankfully we still have the new La Palette on Queen St. at Portland!!
Thank you to Shamez & Maria, and all the amazing staff that have come and gone over the years, for making La Palette so special for so many. xo xo