Peter Oliver, the owner of the prominent Toronto restaurant group Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality, has passed away at the age of 71.
Oliver was diagnosed with late-stage cancer over a year ago and was recovering from therapy but he left away peacefully on Wednesday, September 21. He is survived by his wife and two children.
A well-known figure in Toronto’s restaurant scene, Oliver got his start in the business in the 1970s with a sandwich shop in midtown Toronto. He went on to open several more restaurants over the years, including popular spots like Canoe and Auberge du Pommier.
In 1995, Oliver partnered with restaurateur Michael Bonacini to form Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality. The company has since grown into one of the largest hospitality groups in Canada, with over 25 establishments across the country.
Oliver was highly respected within the industry and was known for his passion for food and hospitality. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 2003 for his contributions to the Canadian culinary landscape.
The team at Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality is mourning the loss of their beloved leader and co-founder. In a statement, they said, “Peter was an incredible man – a true pioneer in Canadian hospitality who will be deeply missed.”
Peter Oliver Early life
Peter Oliver was born in Cape Town, South Africa. After moving to Montreal in 1967, he pursued his education at McGill University. In 1978, he opened his first restaurant, Oliver’s Old-Normal Bakery, in Toronto.
In 1993, he partnered with Chef Michael Bonacini and the two went on to create the popular Oliver & Bonacini Hospitality company.
Peter’s success in the food industry was due to his dedication and hard work. He was a visionary man who constructed his empire from scratch. He was a very large and distinguished name in the food business. His success and happiness in his profession was a result of his dedication and hard work.