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radius® to continue to thrive with transition to new owners

151 James Street South, Hamilton ON
Ian Ladd

Hamilton, ON – June 11, 2018 – Founded in 2012, radius® quickly became Hamilton’s top restaurant, long before the city’s internationally recognized culinary scene made its grand debut. radius® has been credited, by many, with being the restaurant that kicked-off the current food scene movement in Hamilton which includes restoring some of its magnificent buildings into stylish establishments that you might find in Toronto, Montreal or New York City.

radius® has steadily grown to be one of Hamilton’s most progressive restaurants, with double digit annual sales growth, hosting up to 390 guests in the summer with its multi-level patio. Today, the founders of the restaurant, Hamilton-born tech and real estate entrepreneur, Paven Bratch, and his entrepreneur wife, Bela Bratch, are pleased to announce that they will be handing the baton of ownership over to a new ownership group comprised of Ian Ladd and Lisa Mercanti-Ladd, Peter Chavez, together with managing partner, Dan Trevisani. Gordon Goss will remain in his leadership role at radius® as Executive Chef & AGM and will be instrumental in continuing the business as usual. Ladd and Chavez co-founded CARSTAR LC Group, a progressive, multi-unit automotive franchise operation which currently consists of 13 locations. Mercanti-Ladd was a former executive and part of the successful CARSTAR Canada operation that grew to more than 240 stores across Canada. Today, they own and operate two successful golf courses, Southbrook Golf & Country Club in Binbrook and Beechwood Golf and Social House in Niagara Falls, along with 13 CARSTAR locations.

“We cannot be happier to hand over what we and our team have created to such a fine and principled group led by Ian and Lisa – a group who are passionate about building on the radius ® heritage. We feel confident knowing that they have what it takes to continue to grow radius® while maintaining its reputation as a great place to celebrate, or just to enjoy a quiet moment on a patio with friends,” said Bela Bratch. “It is obviously an emotional day for us, but we plan to continue to support the new team and will be back for lots of great meals made and served by one of the best teams in the country.”

“We are delighted to add radius® to our family of businesses! This opportunity was very appealing to us both from a strategic and synergistic perspective, said Ladd. “We value the rich history, vision and hard-work that Paven and Bela, and the team have put in to making radius® a premier dining establishment in Hamilton.”

“I’m personally very excited to get to know and work with Gordon, all of the staff, customers and vendor partners,” says Trevisani. “Our group’s approach in business is to be hungry and humble. At radius®, we will promote a family culture and work in co-operation with
the talented hospitality experts to drive our vision, mission and values forward every day.”

Under its new ownership, radius® will continue to focus on creating new and amazing food and drink experiences under the leadership of Executive Chef, Gordon Goss. radius® is expected to continue to be a strong employer in the community. All of the staff will be offered an opportunity to continue with the new company and be part of its future growth and development.

Radius farms and restaurant on The Marilyn Denis Show on CTV

Skip to 4:20 for the segment featuring Radius farm to table.
Radius on The Marilyn Denis Show

Where to Eat in Hamilton – The Curious Creature

Everything about this place screams Hamilton: from the food on its menu (which is locally sourced – some of it even comes from the owner’s family farm in Carlisle!) to the building it’s housed in (which was once occupied by Isaac Buchanan, one of the city’s great innovators). The space is grand and oozing with character – think Montreal meets NYC. What I loved most? The diverse crowd: we spotted romantic dates, birthday parties and even a couple of long-time supporters who hopped over from a retirement home! Tip: grab a seat at the bar, order a Buchanan and raise your glass to his portrait as you take it all in. Oh, and I hear they have a multi-level patio in the summer so mark this place down for those long, summer nights ahead.

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Radius takes its name from its hyper local philosophy of sourcing ingredients. Housed in a restored historic building, the interior takes advantage of original features like 16-foot tin ceilings and exposed brick. Inside, two adjacent rooms function as a casual cafe/lounge and bistro/bar, plus there’s an expansive back patio in warmer months. The sophisticated menu from Executive Chef Gordon Ross draws from varied cultural influences and is known to include everything from charcuterie and cheese boards to poutines topped with herb roasted pork shoulder and steakhouse-worthy mains like the ribeye over potato rosti.

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radius Dining is a physically impressive restaurant. The ceilings are exposed original pressed metal. The room is ringed with new soaring glass windows. Dining is on multiple levels. The room is big.


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