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Former Smalltalk on Bayview

Drove by today and noticed a sign for the new place - Joey Fiasaco's. Apparently opening next week. Strange name, sounds like a Gio's knock off or something. Anybody know anything more?

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  1. Supposedly an outpost of McSorley's down the street. If so, I'd venture cheap and not very good.

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    1. re: embee

      Oh that's sad. It's such a prime location. I would have loved a good addition to the strip.

    2. The name is 'something Fiasco'............. I think that will probably say it all! ;)

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      1. re: kawarthagirl

        Yeah, that's kind of what I was thinking, too bad :( But maybe there is hope yet, I notice the place formerly known as Riveria has also closed and something else is in the works!

        1. re: millygirl

          Interesting! I never went there but my mom went there with a friend and had a HORRIBLE meal with lame service... so it's no wonder... there is plenty of competition on Bayview, such that the people who really don't make an effort, really won't make it......... :)

          1. re: max factor

            Max, I have been to McSorley's and it was okay for what it is, a sports bar restaurant. I can only speak for myself, but I am disappointed because we are without kids, and would much prefer to see something with more upscale dining opening. I wish them well, but for us, a family restaurant is not something to get excited about. There is your answer.

            1. re: max factor

              Mc Sorley's has its place, but it isn't a place for me. It's very reasonably priced, blah tasting, frozen/canned foods served in a fake roadhouse atmosphere targeted to Leaside families. I assume they get a sports bar drinking crowd later in the evening, but I haven't been there after dinner, so don't know.

              I have no reason to expect that their Italian spot will be targeted differently - that's the market they've done well with. They might surprise me, but I'm not holding my breath.

              There is already some decent mass market Italian-style food on that strip and I doubt that Joey Fiasco's will have higher culinary aspirations. I don't care much about "upscale"; I do care about food better than I can get from the frozen food counter.

              As always, I hope they do well. But I always hope for new places I want to eat at myself. Do you expect that they WILL surprise me?

          2. re: kawarthagirl

            Kinda what I was thinking too! But maybe there is hope yet....I also noticed that where Riveria once was, some reno work is being done. Keeping my fingers crossed.

            1. re: millygirl

              Perhaps this is where the new Cluck, Grunt and Low is going?

              1. re: bogie

                oohhh... THAT might prove interesting... ;)

          3. The North Toronto Post (december issue) has a blurb in its 'Counter culture' section.
            ".....the ownership group from the poppular sports club McSorley's.... are converting into a casual open-kitchen, Italian restaurant....scheduled to open early december....fun,casual Itallian."

            Also in same section: Wolfgang Puck Bistro (January), Petite Four bakery, Sassafraz, Terroni, Nyood, Satori. Few facts - mostly advertorial.

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            1. re: estufarian

              Confirmed Cluck, Grunt and Low IS going to be where Riveria was on Bayview. Saw the signs up today.