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Jul 13, 2008 08:56 AM

Something new coming to The Danforth

I happened to notice a liquor permit application sign in the window of what used to be the home decor store Romancing The Home on the Danforth, near Pape. This is a huge storefront with a great location. I always thought it would make a great restaurant. Anybody have the scoop?

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  1. I just passed by and noticed some signage in the windows. It's going to be called Local. Website is but it doesn't have any info as yet posted. Anybody else watching this spot, or is it just me? I really love the curved glass front windows.

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    1. re: millygirl


      i've watched this space for awhile now too, and love both the space and the curved windows. I went to the website you mentioned and subscribed. Once you do they tell you they are opening Sept 2008, but no details on exactly what is opening! So, until then, keep watching the skies!

    2. The window dressing indicates it's going to be some kind of wine/tapas/mezes place.

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      1. re: Pincus

        Mezes....just what we need, another greek restaurant in the 'hood. I missed that part.

        1. re: millygirl

          just registered on line for local....flash page is nicely done, hope the place will be as tastefull. does'nt look like it's going to be a greek place prob. more like a uber tapas/wine bar now that we def. need!...good luck

          1. re: ecomans

            What's the address/website. Every time I type Local/Danforth/Restaurant etc. I get everything but.

        2. re: Pincus

          It's owned by the same people as Trapezzi. As far as I know, it will be small plates, but not specifically Greek food (although it's owned by Greek Canadians.).

          1. re: phoenikia

            There is a little brochure/coupon that is available at the door while they are renovating that emphasizes "tapas", "mezes", "bar", "fashion" and whole bunch of other words that make it sound uber trendy.

            Ida know. I'm not very excited by the prospect of another mezes place on the danforth for young fashionistas. But am willing to keep an open mind.

            1. re: bluedog

              I think the owners are trying to corner the hip/trendy, 25-40 (without kids or kids left with the babysitter/yiayia/papou) demographic. Most of the restaurants like Mezes, Pantheon, Megas, Astoria, Kalyvia, etc. have a mostly family clientele, and not exactly a hip atmosphere. Avli is slightly nicer inside, but more romantic or cozy than contemporary. Lambros serves mezes in a contemporary space, but it hasn't really caught on for some reason.

              My guess is that the crowd the new place will be trying to attract is the 20/30something crowd that heads to Trapezzi for drinks late on Friday and Saturday nights, and I'm expecting the food to be fusiony King West style small plates/tapas/mezes/whatever.

              1. re: phoenikia

                phoenikia, or anyone else for that matter, have you eaten at Trapezzi? Just wondering what the food is like, never been. Thanks

                1. re: millygirl

                  I've eaten there quite a few times, although it's usually a result of being hungry when I'm meeting people for drinks.

                  The food is contemporary Mediterranean, with primarily Greek influences right now- the menu seems to have become more Greek over the last year. The quality is generally fair to good.

                  When I do eat at Trapezzi, I usually order their gnocchi with gorgonzola and pistachios. Not gnocchi in the league of Da Gianni e Maria or Noce (the gnocchi at Trapezzi is a little dense/heavy compared to my ideal gnocchi), but pretty good for the Danforth. I noticed that spinach and red pepper have now been added to the description of the gnocchi on the menu, which I don't believe were part of the dish when I ordered it a couple times in the winter.

                  The salads are usually fine, but not always substantial. They have a couple Greek- inspired dishes like the paidakia (grilled lamb chops), which I haven't tried because I eat them regularly at home. I didn't enjoy their flatbreads or grilled calamari. I do like the raspberry mojito they serve.

                  Some of my non-foodie friends really like their $30 prix fixe (they seem to have one available most of the time).


                2. re: phoenikia

                  "the crowd the new place will be trying to attract is the 20/30something crowd that heads to Trapezzi for drinks late on Friday and Saturday nights, and I'm expecting the food to be fusiony King West style small plates/tapas/mezes/whatever"

                  e.g. Myth, but better (let's hope).

                  1. re: bluedog

                    Maybe it will be like the food at Lambros. I know it's rarely mentioned here on CH, but the food at Lambros is quite good.

                    1. re: foodyDudey

                      I walked by last week and the contractor ??..told me that it would be opening this week. (soft opening).
                      He even gave me a coupon for a free appetizer...
                      No doubt..this place is going to be beautiful.
                      As for the food...time will tell. LOL