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Restaurant Openings, 2009 (Toronto)

I've just moved here from Montreal, where the CH board has a thread with this title. I couldn't find it anywhere in Toronto. Apologies if I missed it. If I didn't, I'll ask: Does anyone know of any new Toronto restaurants set to open in the coming weeks and months? Thanks!

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  1. The only one that comes to mind is that a third location of Le Gourmand cafe is opening at Yonge and Eg.

    I'm interested in hearing about any dinner destinations set to open.

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    1. re: torontofoodiegirl

      I'll be in the area this weekend so I may give a try. Will report back soon. PS I think they already opened, although it doesn't look so from outside.

    2. Simple Cafe just east of the beer store at Queen and Leslie opened just before christmas. Cute little place all white interior serves great organic fair trade coffe and all home made soups & sandwhiches.. with some homey desserts. Prices are good $4 for soup $6 for a build your own sandwhich...

      1. A new Milagro is set to open on Yonge north of Lawrence early this year. In the former Herbs space.

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        1. re: Snarf

          BLU on Yorkville right across from the fire hall is worth investigating.

          1. re: wheel of fortune

            I checked out their menu on someone elses recomendation and found it was very boring standard salad, steak, pasta place... why is it worth investigating?

            1. re: wheel of fortune

              any relation to blu (and then lub-another restaurant makeover and now closed) on church street?

              1. re: robgm

                Nope. But what a boring restaurant name. There was even a Blu Bistro in the Beach. Like all those Red restaurants a few years back.

                1. re: Dimbulb

                  I believe the owner is Swedish or Finnish and Blu has two dots above the u, but my computer doesn't. Maybe it means something brilliant in one of those languages.

          2. given the current economic climate, i would hesitate to open anything in '09. they say it's only going to get worse....

            1. The shuttered Kubo Radio in Leslieville in supposed to become a pub, something the area sorely needs.

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              1. re: childofthestorm

                Patrick the owner of Starfish is opening an Irish pub on Queen east of leslie just east of the beer store in one of those old garage buildings..

                1. re: OnDaGo

                  Ooooohhh now that's worth taking the Queen car in the wrong direction. OnDaGo, please post if you notice the Patrick's Irish pub getting close to opening. I'd be happy to christen it.

                  1. re: Googs

                    No where close yet.. just the first dumpster load of trash going out the building... probably will be a spring thing.. they have a nice spot out front for a patio...

                    1. re: OnDaGo

                      Pretty much right in front of my house. I'm excited.

                      1. re: OnDaGo

                        I would prefer that location east of Leslie but that seems extremely ambitious (turning an auto garage into a pub) are you sure it isn't going to be where Kubo was? I read THAT's also becoming an irish pub called The Roy. I'd love to have some fresh oysters within walking distance, tho :)

                        1. re: thegory

                          Positive... auto garage is perfect, lots of open space high ceilings, rollup door for summer.. once you replace the stale oil smell with the stale beer smell it will be like a true pub!

                          And beside the area out front for a patio is PERFECT!

                        2. re: OnDaGo

                          that's great news...like thegory says below, great to have some fresh oysters in the area.

                        3. re: Googs

                          Ha, Queen car in the wrong direction...I hate the Beach...

                          1. re: Googs

                            Now that is a scoop, yes please keep us posted!!!

                            1. re: millygirl

                              on martiniboys.com I read kubo will be replace by "The Roy", which, I have to (somewhat sadly) assume is not actually named for Roy Anderson, who, despite his unfortunate habit of leaving his dates at hockey games, was actually a nice (if kind of boring) guy.ubo Radio, the Asian-themed pub in Leslieville (or is it the edge of Leslieville?), has closed; in its place we will soon have The Roy, which, I have to (somewhat sadly) assume is not actually named for Roy Anderson.- opening March 7

                              Meanwhile, also on martiniboys.com, in that garage you were speaking about, Patrick McMurray, champion Oyster shucker and owner of Starfish, has set his sights on that old auto body garage, and is toiling away to turn it into an authentic Irish local, called the Ceili Cottage.

                              Nice thread - I'm new to Leslieville, so the news is always a treat,

                              1. re: MasaakiT

                                Welcome to the hood... Check out the cafe beside where Patricks pub is going to be great people and great food...

                            2. re: Googs

                              It will be called "the Cottage" and is opening in March... They will have an I rish Dance school in the back and a Bar / restaurant / Patio in the front... Food wise they say they will be serving "interesting, small plates of cured meats and fish, cheeses, organic vegetables, and just a few Oysters. Leaning towards Irish and Celtic thoughts on the menu, we will match that with 16 taps, nice wines, whiskeys galore, and proper cocktails."

                              They will also have live music...

                              I tried to post this as a new post on its own but it was deleted... why I do no know...

                              1. re: OnDaGo

                                and in the same vicinity, I see construction continuing at the site of the new Le Papillon on the Park on Eastern just west of Coxwell -
                                http://lepapilloneast.com/

                                1. re: OnDaGo

                                  Thank you for the post, that VERY good to know!!