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Ghali kitchen re-opening at Greenwood/Queen East

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KitchenVoodoo May 9, 2007 05:05 PM

Just noticed a sign in the window today saying that they are re-opening. Can't wait! Missed trying the much praised pizzas before they moved.

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    Zengarden May 9, 2007 05:26 PM

    Will he keep the spot opposite the Chum City Building on Queen West?

    1. vorpal May 9, 2007 06:08 PM

      Amazing news! Now I don't have to keep kicking myself for not trying them when they were here before. Any word on when?

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        KitchenVoodoo May 10, 2007 03:41 PM

        No specifics on when... the sign only says "soon" - oh, and "yeah!!", so looks like they know they were missed. Hope running two locations won't dilute the quality. No idea if they plan to offer delivery.

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        julesrules May 10, 2007 05:56 AM

        That would be awesome.. I don't get down there often so keep us posted! Hopefully the delivery will be back on too.

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          thegory May 11, 2007 08:35 AM

          I know! I was so happy to see that!!! I walk by it every day looking for more clues on when they'll open. I was sad to see them go. On the sign it says they'll be open 24 hours on the weekend. do you think this was an old sign or they're planning a revamp of the east side location?

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            Dimbulb May 11, 2007 12:04 PM

            Don't hold your breath. He said he was starting weekend delivery out of the old location last February.

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            Atahualpa May 12, 2007 06:51 PM

            I don't think they'll be running two locations! I went through the Queen street food court building (whatever its real name is) today and they have been evicted! There was a posted notice.

            Any idea why?

            P.S. I've never eaten at the Ghali Kitchen. But, now I'm curious. When they re-open on Greenwood, what should one try?

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              Vise May 12, 2007 08:02 PM

              I quite enjoyed the jerk pork pizza, worth a try for sure if you live in the area.

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                Zengarden May 13, 2007 06:53 AM

                In the times that I have been there, they haven't been very busy. I wonder if they just couldn't do well given you had to walk all the way to the back of the Queen West location to scout them out.

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                  Atahualpa May 13, 2007 07:18 AM

                  I would happily come to the same conclusion -- I'm in that market frequently and they never were all that busy -- except for the fact that the notice clearly said they had been evicted (and must not return to the premises under penalty of law etc . . . ). That sounds like more than just that they were unhappy with the location.

                  Maybe it was the horribly obnoxious music they blasted out and forced everyone (i.e. the other shop owners) to listen too.

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                  julesrules May 14, 2007 06:41 AM

                  DH loves the pizzas, I love the pastas (availability depends, but I've enjoyed the jerk pork/tomato and some kind of coconut chicken curry). Sandwiches not so good.
                  The pizzas are very thin crust.

                3. Leslieville May 14, 2007 07:01 AM

                  I'm glad to hear they are coming back!! I found that whole move very weird, if it was too expensive atGreenwood and Queen,how did they think they could manage on Queen West? Much as I love their food, I fear that this is another place that will fail due to disorganization. They had a great patio area that never got cleaned up and used and you never quite knew what would greet you or what food there would be! That said, I wish them the best,we need them here!!

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                    julesrules May 14, 2007 07:08 AM

                    Totally agree - great food, good buzz, but they need to get their act together.

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                      Vise May 14, 2007 08:00 AM

                      Agreed they need to get things sorted out, but if you know anything about the owner (George) its not a surprise. Purely conjecture but I think he spends more time thinking about his acting career then anything else... too bad too cause his food can be great. He is a super nice guy but without 110% dedication to the business it will be tough to achieve any level of consistency.

                      Also, I had no idea he was in Rollerball (terrible movie btw)... if you're interested you can check out his IMDB profile: http://imdb.com/name/nm1047901/

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                      charxchar May 14, 2007 11:49 AM

                      I don't know why people like Ghali so much! I had the 'Burroti' but it was bland, had no taste, and the greasy, cheap oil they cooked the food in gave me an instant stomachache. "Rasta Pasta" just sounds scary. I was really excited to eat it, but the end result...just bad. I hate Steven Davey, I think he has the worst taste.

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