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Former Cluck Grunt and Low on Bayview

bangers and mash Jan 17, 2009 06:49 PM

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. Lazar RE: bangers and mash Jan 17, 2009 07:02 PM

    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
      jayt90 RE: Lazar Jan 17, 2009 10:07 PM

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

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      Dean Tudor RE: bangers and mash Jan 17, 2009 08:04 PM

      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: Dean Tudor
        duckdown RE: Dean Tudor Jan 17, 2009 11:21 PM

        Hopefully BBQ!

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        abigllama RE: bangers and mash Jan 17, 2009 10:57 PM

        Wow that didn't last long....

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        1. re: abigllama
          Pizza Lover RE: abigllama Jan 18, 2009 06:23 AM

          Wasn't this just on Restaurant Makeover last week?

          1. re: Pizza Lover
            Wench Foraday RE: Pizza Lover Jan 18, 2009 08:22 AM

            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
              torontofoodiegirl RE: Wench Foraday Jan 19, 2009 07:00 AM

              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).

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          taterbrandy RE: bangers and mash Jan 18, 2009 03:04 PM

          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. re: taterbrandy
            Dean Tudor RE: taterbrandy Jan 19, 2009 08:24 AM

            Google maps show Highway 61 Barbeque


          2. estufarian RE: bangers and mash Jan 19, 2009 07:49 AM

            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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              bruceter RE: estufarian Jan 19, 2009 08:55 AM

              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
                gregclow RE: estufarian Jan 19, 2009 08:56 AM

                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
                  robgm RE: gregclow Feb 1, 2009 12:37 PM

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

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                highway61bbq RE: bangers and mash Jan 22, 2009 12:45 PM

                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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                  CoffeeAddict416 RE: highway61bbq Jan 22, 2009 12:47 PM

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

                  1. re: highway61bbq
                    embee RE: highway61bbq Jan 22, 2009 12:49 PM

                    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
                      Squeakycheese RE: bangers and mash Jan 23, 2009 03:53 PM

                      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
                        atomeyes RE: highway61bbq Feb 2, 2009 05:56 AM

                        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
                          embee RE: atomeyes Feb 2, 2009 06:56 AM

                          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
                            OnDaGo RE: atomeyes Feb 2, 2009 07:35 PM

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

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                              atomeyes RE: OnDaGo Feb 3, 2009 10:02 AM

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

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                                OnDaGo RE: atomeyes Feb 3, 2009 10:37 AM

                                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
                                  Pantz RE: OnDaGo Feb 3, 2009 03:08 PM

                                  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
                                    OnDaGo RE: Pantz Feb 3, 2009 03:24 PM

                                    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. Davwud RE: bangers and mash Feb 17, 2009 08:12 AM

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


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