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Bye Bye Roy Square

juunbug25 Nov 19, 2007 09:56 AM

I went to Ritz today for lunch with a friend and there was a notice that says it will be closed in December . Apparently, the new condo will be built very very soon. This is a sad sad day for those of us who likes cheap and affordable food in an otherwise expensive area. Gone will be many many restaurants with offering under $5. I don't think Ginger is affected so at least there is still that choice and Falafel House has already moved across the street.

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  1. OnDaGo RE: juunbug25 Nov 19, 2007 09:59 AM

    Ritz also has another location around Yonge and Wellesley

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      hungry_pangolin RE: OnDaGo Nov 19, 2007 11:59 AM

      I think that there's one one the west side of Yonge, just steps north of College, by the Starbucks.

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        OnDaGo RE: hungry_pangolin Nov 19, 2007 01:22 PM

        Yup and another one further north... by Wellesley

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        Mike Tyson RE: OnDaGo Dec 20, 2007 05:16 PM

        I like the curry goat at the Yonge/College area Ritz more than Roy Square.

        Roy Square Ritz sometimes has good jerk chicken, ackee + salt fish, fried chicken though.

      3. xtal RE: juunbug25 Nov 19, 2007 01:37 PM

        I'm going to miss that little alley. Especially the Biryani House there.

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          jayt90 RE: xtal Nov 19, 2007 03:24 PM

          Roy's Square was a great short cut for cab drivers turning right from Yonge St. northbound to Bloor St. east.

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            Mike Tyson RE: jayt90 Dec 20, 2007 05:16 PM

            damn condos! sigh.

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          tartiflette RE: juunbug25 Dec 20, 2007 06:09 PM

          Sigh. Yet another interesting Toronto neighbourhood gem bites the dust courtesy of your local friendly developer. Fear not, locals... I'm sure their generic street-level retail will include a Starbucks, a dry cleaner, and a Lululemon to replace the interesting variety of ethnic foods you could previously buy at that corner.

          I'll definitely miss Banana Leafs. They were one of the last remaining places in the Yonge/Bloor area that offered healthy, tasty and generously portioned food for reasonable prices. :(

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            Mike Tyson RE: tartiflette Dec 20, 2007 06:41 PM

            yeah I liked Banana Leaf. Their soups were alright.

            I liked their Mango chicken, curries, etc.

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              juunbug25 RE: Mike Tyson Jan 11, 2008 04:58 PM

              I've been eating their special almost every day the last two weeks. For $3.99, it's a steal.. i see the Jamaican place already shut down. RIP Roy square!

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                Mike Tyson RE: juunbug25 Jan 12, 2008 07:44 AM

                The other Ritz on Yonge intimidate me... too small... crowded... slow... meh.

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                xssnrg RE: Mike Tyson Jan 11, 2008 05:11 PM

                Oh noooo! Banana Leaf was a destination for hot and sour soup. Used to get it when my hairdresser (Solo Bace) was next door. It's the hot and sour by which all others are measured for me. Hope they land somewhere!

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                  DDD RE: xssnrg Jan 13, 2008 03:10 PM

                  not to mention biryani house!

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                    Mike Tyson RE: DDD Jan 13, 2008 03:59 PM

                    Biryani House is still there till Jan 26th I believe.

                    So hurry hurry hurry!

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                      DDD RE: Mike Tyson Jan 14, 2008 02:49 PM

                      I think they will be relocating afterwards

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                        fickle RE: DDD Feb 21, 2008 05:52 PM

                        The Biryani house relocated to Hayden street, in between Focaccia and their takeout spot where the sushi place used to be. I think it's 15 Hayden? They're open and they were very busy tonight when I walked past.

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              pearlD RE: juunbug25 Jan 14, 2008 03:34 PM

              Is everything gone at Roy's Square?

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                Tara9000 RE: pearlD Jan 15, 2008 04:28 AM

                Not yet. The Salad House, Roy Garden (the chinese place), and Biryani House are still there (ones accessible from the lane way). On the outside strip, Harvey's, Toby's, and The Fallafel House are still open. From what I hear, it seems like these places will be around until the third week of January.

                Then I guess it's ground-breaking time.

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                  Mike Tyson RE: Tara9000 Jan 15, 2008 05:27 AM

                  They are probably closing off that subway entrance into the lane too right? obviously.

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                SNACKeR RE: juunbug25 Jan 15, 2008 05:30 AM

                I miss the Roy Sq. Ritz. The Australian(?) woman who worked the cash was always really nice, even when the pressure was on.

                1. Teep RE: juunbug25 Jan 15, 2008 08:00 AM

                  I will miss Roy's Garden - they will close down as they can't find an affordable place in the area. The quality is so-so but it was great to have authentic Cantonese fast food right next to where I work (e.g. fish balls and rice vermicelli soup with preserved veggies).

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                    Tara9000 RE: Teep Jan 15, 2008 08:40 AM

                    Yeah, the two I'll miss are Roy Garden (sigh, loved the Mongolian Chicken), and The Salad House, especially since I am still "being good" with my new year's resolution.

                    Teep - we may work at the same company and not even know it. :)

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                      Teep RE: Tara9000 Jan 15, 2008 12:45 PM

                      Sorry, there isn't a Tara on our floor! :-)

                      For healthy, try Simply Zoup on Yonge (just across from Roys Square), there are a couple of nice low fat soups (as well as lovely high fat ones!)

                  2. juunbug25 RE: juunbug25 Jan 29, 2008 09:13 AM

                    Roy Square is now gone, I went to Banana Leaf last week and they asked for my email address. They were taking down everyone's email.

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                      xssnrg RE: juunbug25 Jan 30, 2008 04:54 PM

                      Would you please let me know where they land? I am missing the hot and sour - it was my fav in the city!

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                        Mike Tyson RE: xssnrg Jan 30, 2008 04:54 PM

                        I liked their mango chicken ;)

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                          xssnrg RE: Mike Tyson Jan 30, 2008 04:56 PM

                          Pathetic. I am sitting here - full and fine and still missing that food!

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                            Mike Tyson RE: xssnrg Jan 30, 2008 04:56 PM

                            What did you just eat???

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                              xssnrg RE: Mike Tyson Jan 30, 2008 04:59 PM

                              Penne with spicy sausage and dried tomato cream sauce. So good!

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                                Mike Tyson RE: xssnrg Jan 31, 2008 05:27 AM

                                haha sausage fest!!!!!!!!!!!!!! j/k ;)

                                sausage also goes well with steamed jasmine rice and veggies btw...

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                                  xssnrg RE: Mike Tyson Jan 31, 2008 03:27 PM

                                  I am not such a big fan of jasmine rice for some reason... sorry I didn't respond - chow went down.

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                                    Mike Tyson RE: xssnrg Jan 31, 2008 04:02 PM

                                    No prob... meh steamed rice from the cooker is good..... doesn't have to be jasmine lol.

                    2. Googs RE: juunbug25 Jan 29, 2008 11:06 AM

                      Tell you what. If all of these restos want to move to a neighbourhood that appreciates well-priced ethnic food, there are a ton of empty spaces on Parliament between Gerrard and Wellesley.

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