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Keeping fellow Chowhounds apprised of restaurant closings.


It has been a most disappointing week for this Chowhound in regard to sampling the eclectic, culinary offerings scouted out through this otherwise helpful website. Two separate restaurant locations were simply 'not available',
The CORVINA restaurant on Kingston Road, whose "chicken paprika", was the object of my desire for dinner after learning here about it's remarkable taste, was discovered to be (presumably ) closed and out of business. A call for a takeout order yielded a recorded message only........... "THE NUMBER YOU HAVE REACHED IS NOT IN SERVICE"
Tonight, after begging here for suggestions (SEE "February is "Black History" month- African Restaurant Suggestions?) reading several reviews, studing entrees, much anticipation and speculation about the upcoming experience, I was abruptly notified that the selected establishment was ..."CLOSED FOR A FEW WEEKS DUE TO RENOVATIONS"
SIMBA'S GRILL on Donlands Ave, according to the voice on the phone, presumably one of the principal owners, is TEMPORARILY CLOSED and will remain unopen for 2 or 3 weeks while it undergoes some form of RENOVATION.
Thank you in advance.
Can you empathize, if this same sort of fate has befallen you even once in a week's time.
As a knowledgeable collective of eyes and ears what can be done to help prevent this type of occurence?

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  1. Let's just hope it's not the victim of another Restaurant Makeover!

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    1. re: estragon

      If you are refering to Simba's Grill, I have a gut instinct (most obvious place for a Chowhound to get an instinct) that this just might be "Lights out" for that little spot. After all as I understand it the proprieter-couple is aged and there was a noticeable hesitation and just the slightest hint of untruth when the woman on the phone responded to my inquiry about the grill's ability to seat me for a dinner this evening.
      QUOTE;." The restaurant is closed ..for umh..renovations" It may be two or ..OH,.. maybe even several weeks before we'll open again". "I'm sorry"
      End QUOTE
      Let's just hope that I read her wrong!

    2. I was wondering about Corvina. I noticed that it has been for sale now for quite a while (I keep seeing the ad in the paper.)


      1. Alas, such is the nature of the restaurant business. I always check for a yellow pages listing before venturing out to anything recommended here. Sometimes I even call to confirm their hours, but mainly to see if they still exist. The Balkan Bistro was a notable disappointment.

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        1. re: missmu

          That's a prudent thing to do,missmu. Unfortunately it's often, in my routine and I'm sure the same for others, the last of the preparations I make before venturing out. Also, while viewing the Chowhound threads I will write down on paper the name and general local for an interesting eatery suggested and when I'm in a certain GTA neighbourhood I'll check my list for one of the recommendations. A spontaneous visit rather than a planned outing. I'm not a cell phone carrier so I usually just show up at the last minute ready to eat.
          Sound familar?

          1. re: fruglescot

            Apparently the" Ho-Lee Chow takeout location at Woodbine and Queen S.t East has been reported closed as of this date.

        2. Fat Phil's Marlee no more-R.I.P
          An event worth its own topic.

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          Vinnie Vidimangi Feb 05, 2008 08:53AM

          1. Pomegranate - closed
            Ontario (including Toronto) - 2222 Queen St. East, Toronto ON, Canada - Beach, Beaches

            416-693-2992 Type of place: restaurant
            Cuisine: Fusion - Italian
            Atmosphere: casual, kid-friendly

            What You Should Know
            Pomegranate–House of Culinary Passion

            Last updated by JamieK on January 04, 2008

            1. El Bodegon is sadly closed as well. Something called Corner Stone Cafe will open in it's place.

              1. I read in the National Post this week that Scaramouche may be forced to relocate as the new managers at 1 Benevenuto want to triple or quadruple the rent. What a loss this would be! A beautiful restaurant, elegant without being pretentious, a great view despite being on the ground floor, wonderful food, friendly service - losing it would be just another valuable part of Toronto's past gone forever.

                  JamieK and ct198 have reported in another thread "Fish & Chips" that OLD YORKE F&C at 96 Laird Drive, Toronto is closed until MARCH (Sign says Feb19th) due to renovations.

                  1. Dear friends of Izakaya Restaurant, at 69 Front Street

                    It is with mixed emotions that I write this letter to inform you that due to a number of circumstances .."Saturday the 23rd of February".. will be our last day of operation. It has been a truly wonderful experience to have operated Izakaya for that last three years. The entire team has put their heart and soul into making this restaurant a success and in so many ways it has been. Unfortunately, due to the economics of this particular location Izakaya Restaurant at 69 Front Street has seen its day.

                    Note; An exerpt from an open letter to their customers by the owners at Izakaya

                    1. CLOSED
                      Schnitzel House Steeles W .......no more. R.I.P.
                      Once we were schnitzel, now we are pad Thai.

                      Vinnie Vidimangi Feb 17, 2008 02:45PM

                      1. Bye Bye Roy Square Yonge St. @ Bloor-
                        I went to Ritz today for lunch with a friend and there was a notice that says it 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.
                        Bye Bye-Very Very-Sad Sad-Many Many
                        juunbug25 Nov 19, 2007 12:56PM
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