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Sep 5, 2009 08:34 AM

Finally! Some good news. Add these openings to your "To-Do" list.

398West. Mitchell Lipperman, executive chef

Böhmer. Paul Boemer, chef/owner

My Place: A Canadian Pub. Brad Long, chef/owner

Oh Boy Burger Market. Joey McGuirk, owner

The Roosevelt Room. Trevor Wilkinson, executive chef

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  1. I think I'm going to pass on The Roosevelt Room. They seem to be pretty full of themselves by their website statements. Is this what is expected to fill the void of the high enders scaling back or closing?

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    1. re: ingloriouseater

      Both the My Place pub and the Roosevelt Room sound like very ambitious ventures involving chefs who are already running their own restaurants. Have they not learned from the likes of Jamie Kennedy that this may not be the best time to launch a restaurant empire? I wish them both the best, but I agree with ingloriouseater that the Roosevelt Room doesn't sound like the type of place where I'd personally be comfortable. Hopefully the food will live up to the attitude.

      1. re: ingloriouseater

        I just read the website for the Roosevelt! I am with ya on this. Very full of themselves...blah blah blah. Way too wordy with the bios and design info, etc. I am pretty darn sure that Trevor was NOT exec chef at at least one of those restaurants he claims to have been. Sous chef maybe but not exec.
        The place does sound way over the top. Not my kinda place. I don't mean to be unkind but...
        Good luck to them.

        1. re: froglegs

          I would go to the Roosevelt. All a restaurant has to do is to play a Charleston video to modern music and I am sold.

          next restaurant to play 'Charleston style' from youtube will be my number 1.

          1. re: froglegs

            Froglegs -- If you're talking about Centro Trevor's bio says he was sous chef de cuisine.

        2. Construction on Oh Boy stopped months ago.

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          1. re: ChalkBoy

            It'll happen. Trust me.

            Not that it's relevant to whether or not it'll open, but the owner is the same person who co-owned The Betty Ford, Atlas, and now Prohibition.

            1. re: Googs

              He never owned Prohibition, he did not have the money to invest for a share and he was let go a few months after they opened. Joey was always more of a promoter he just liked to say he owned the places and they did not mind as long as he brought in the crowds...

              1. re: OnDaGo

                Aahhh I seeee. You're absolutely right. You must be exceptionally well-connected OnDaGo.

                1. re: Googs

                  Its a very small world.. I have a few very good friends that between them know 98% of the people in the bar / restaurant industry in Toronto...

              2. re: Googs

                Oh Boy Burger have taken a while, but they are very much under construction now, probably only a few weeks off.

            2. Googs,

              Do you know anything more about 398 West? Thanks.

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              1. re: sherry f

                Nope, not a thing more sherry f. It was simply a round of "Follow-The-Chef" for me.

                  1. re: JamesJT


                    Here is an article about it from the Jewish Tribune:

                    And a few ratings from a Kashrut website:

              2. Samovar. Rumen Dimitroff, owner
                They've been up and running for about 6 weeks so not technically an opening. Samovar is without a doubt the sexiest place in Cabbagetown.

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                1. re: Googs

                  Was there not a fire in the building last week?

                  1. re: OnDaGo

                    I was at Samovar last week on Thursday I think it was. Unless it happened on the weekend and didn't make any radio or print news I'm gonna go with no on that one. Please correct me if you find out more. I'll probably be dropping in this week after a Sustainable Sushi Omakase at Omi. I'll report back.

                      1. re: OnDaGo

                        We live very close to My Place: A Canadian Pub so will stop by for a beer and maybe a poutine. The outside decor is a complete eyesore.

                        1. re: OnDaGo

                          It IS. Honest. I was just there last week. That fire it must have been a small one. Every business in the building (there's at least 3) was open. Not even the tell-tale aroma. AND Samovar was fabulous.

                          1. re: Googs

                            Googs -

                            Can you say a bit more about Samovar... specifics on food, bartending, and atmosphere (how was the crowd?) would be great. I'm looking for a new spot for a low-key-ish but still romantic place to do a little celebrating next week and this looks ideal.

                            Thanks - R!

                            1. re: Rabbit

                              Nice atmosphere. Reminds me of a hipster lounge in New York. Food & martini's are great. I've tried a 5oz Striploin and Spicy sausage plate. Friendly staff and ownership.
                              Repeat for sure, I hate the chaos & traffic of the downtown core, this is an ideal spot to spend time.

                              1. re: 5andman

                                I generally go to Samovar after dinner so I can't tell you much about the food. I've snacked, but certainly not enough to have an opinion.

                                The crowd is mainly one side or the other of 30. The long, high-ceilinged room is quite pretty. All seating involves a banquette of some kind. They have elaborate Russian teapots adorning the tables behind which are fireplaces built into the walls so they're above your head. Backlit is my favourite for that glowing look. I've enjoyed many (too many) martinis at Samovar the prices of which start at $8. and go up from there. Service is always terrific with just a spot of friendliness that makes it a comfortable evening out.

                                1. re: Googs

                                  Any ideas how late they serve food till at Samovar?

                                  We're looking to grab a later, probably after 10, dinner and coctails following an event on Saturday and this looks perfect.

                        2. re: Googs

                          There's a sustainable sushi omakase at Omi?! Wow - what a great idea. How much does this cost?

                          1. re: Yum2MyTum

                            I think it's a special request thing that Googs has managed to arrange personally. She'll be able to tell you more about it.

                            1. re: Yum2MyTum

                              aser is correct. I arranged the SSO for hubby and I with a week's notice. Not sure if he's going to make it a regular thing at Omi. I'm encouraged that he's even willing.

                      2. Bogged down with TIFF at the moment, but SO EXCITED about My Place: A Canadian Pub! So close to me, it will surely become our new local. Really looking forward to trying it, and so thrilled it's taken over the run down spot and turned it into something appealing for the neighbourhood. Thanks to Brad Long for the location! Brydens has great cheap beer, but unfortunately, I'm not sure they can compete menu-wise - hope Bryden's will just turn the menu up a notch instead of going under....I don't want to see them fail. Finally, a destination in BWV.

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                        1. re: tochipotle

                          i hope its great, i worry, brad long is really a jazzed up roadhouse cook. the addition to the hood would be great if they can execute something interesting with a good value and good service. my expectations are low that is why i didn't say 'great'.