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Former Cluck Grunt and Low on Bayview

Walked past the Cluck Grunt and Low on Bayview the other day (closed for months) and saw a sign that said "Something exciting is coming to Bayview in February", and mentioning "Highway 61". Anyone know any details?

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  1. Wow...how out of am I? I had no idea Cluck Grunt and Low has a location on Bayview. Where about is it? I am assuming it is south of Eglinton

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    1. re: Lazar

      Closed by greed, ineptitude, and the power of Chow.

    2. No, but Highway 61 is the Blues Road in the Deep South (LA, Mississippi), so it'll be something southern...

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        1. re: abigllama

          Wasn't this just on Restaurant Makeover last week?

          1. re: Pizza Lover

            Yes...and naturally, just before the closing credits, they took care to let us know that it has been packed every night since being Restaurant Made-over. Pity...

            1. re: Wench Foraday

              The funny thing is, the few times I was in there or walked by there, it was always packed (or, if not packed, at least pretty busy). Was surpised to see it close because it looked like it was doing pretty well (in spite of not-so-great reviews on this board).

        2. I just searched Google for 'Highway 61 Toronto' and the result came back with Highway 61 at the address, so no website but they have registered the business name with directory assistance.

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          1. I recall the following quote from Toronto Life's rave review (Chatto?)

            "Thuet slow-cooks the meats in the combi-ovens at Cluck, Grunt & Low’s second location (1620 Bayview Ave.)"

            So where does the smoking occur now? Or did they ever "smoke"?

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            1. re: estufarian

              Live in the area.. Just a theory ,but Duffs just a few doors south of them. Probably murdered them every night. Duffs never not busy, hardly. Plus CG@L'S cole slaw sucked

              1. re: estufarian

                Rumours are that they've been preparing their meat at a shut-down restaurant at Queen & Dufferin for a few months now. (Tyler's Place, for those who live in the area.)

                Having smelled the aroma coming out of the place, I can confirm that there's something going on in there. Whether or not it's Cluck, I can't be 100% sure, but that's what I've heard.

                1. re: gregclow

                  the original location of cg&l is up for sale too

              2. Hey everybody! I believe I can shed some light on this issue. I am one of the partners of Highway 61, located on Bayview. We are a brand new restaurant featuring southern barbeque, a unique draft selection, and blues music. We are looking to open late February, and should have our website (with menu) up in a bit. Hope I answered a few questions, and we hope you come down and give us a try.

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                1. re: highway61bbq

                  please don't repeat the mistakes of CGL!!!
                  There's such a huge opportunity to do proper BBQ in this town!

                  1. re: highway61bbq

                    If you're any good, I'll be there regularly. If you repeat GG&L's food quality, service, and pricing structure, good luck and good bye.

                    1. re: bangers and mash

                      Hey Bangers! Given your id I assume you are a B&M aficionado? Any tips where to get good ones in Toronto?

                      1. re: highway61bbq

                        the same question that we asked of CG&L will be asked of Hwy 61:

                        with a kitchen that small, where do you plan on doing the on-site smoking?

                        1. re: atomeyes

                          If they want to, then can find a way. Caplansky's kitchen is about the size of a typical 1970's apartment bathroom. The Bayview location has lots of space. But do they want to?

                          1. re: atomeyes

                            Bayview where hwy 61 is loacated always had a big kitchen and a smoker onsite, Bloor street did not...

                            1. re: OnDaGo

                              you sure?
                              thought it was confirmed that Bayview's meats were pre-smoked elsewhere

                              1. re: atomeyes

                                Maybe at the end or their run but when the first opened they moved the smoking on site there... for both them and the Bloor location

                                1. re: OnDaGo

                                  On the Restaurant Makeover for the Bayview C.G.& L., Lynn Crawford apparently got her brother to supply the smoker. Perhaps it was a loaner?

                                  That whole episode was just infuriating ( hey, let's help some business guy with his lame franchise concept), but the kicker for me was when Lynn cooked the pulled pork by braising it in the kitchen's oven instead of the smoker. I thought that may have been due to the production schedule of the show meaning they didn't have the smoker at that point. But then she went out and put the ribs in the smoker. Very disappointing.

                                  Let's hope Highway 61 does it better. Hopefully by getting an obsessed "Caplansky" in the pit.

                                  1. re: Pantz

                                    That is the difference between "TV" and reality.. They had the smoker for 6 months before that... it was used by the other location to smoke their stuff offsite... they just wanted to "show" that Lynn actually contributed..

                        2. I'm looking forward to this. Let's hope they do it right.

                          DT