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Apr 13, 2010 11:31 AM

Openings 2010

This is probably a more positive take on the closings 2010, and there seems to be many new restos opening, both good and bad.

Perhaps we can outline them on one thread.

Blue Plate is opening where Boho was on Roncesvalles
Lardon opened where Silver Spoon was on Roncesvalles
Hoops is opening another location in the Vdara/Satori space on Queen West
Origin has opened

392 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R2M9, CA

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  1. Just posted about some Leslieville openings:

    What Are You Looking At Bar And Lounge, 996 Queen Street East, Toronto
    Ruby Watchco, 730 Queen Street East, Toronto
    Great Burger Kitchen 1056 Gerrard East, Toronto

    Upcoming (papers are still in the window):
    Grinder Coffeehouse 1021 Gerrard East, Toronto
    Majesteas 950 Queen Street East, Toronto
    Café Florentin 948 Queen Street East, Toronto

    Great Burger Kitchen
    1056 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1Z8, CA

    Café Florentin
    2010 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA

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    1. re: jlunar

      Three on St. Clair West -- Cafe Leopold, Prop and Cocoa Latte.

        1. re: MeMeMe

          Very yummy -- it's at St. Clair and Arlington on the corner. Have only been for lunch but plan to go for dinner soon. There have been one or two positive reviews on here I think.

          1. re: Arcadiaseeker

            Went for Dinner at Prop on the weekend. Very nice! Good mussels, good grilled fish (spigula), had excellent rapini on the side and a terrific rum cake. I didn't order the wine, but I think there's a large list at $39/bottle. Would go back, but might not make a special trip. Wish we had something like this on the Danforth.

      1. re: jlunar

        Grinder is open
        Majesteas is open

        Waiting on Cafe Florentin..!

      2. I do like the idea - but as a suggestion, please include address and website (if possible).
        Also (optionally) add to Chow and if no website put opening hours.

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        1. re: estufarian

          Estufarian, I added the Kensington Cornerstone to Chow (first time ever) but it doesn't seem to list Ontario or Canada as location options, just the US. What am I doing wrong? Or is it just Chow?

          1. re: vidkid

            I usually add by hitting the 'Manage Your Links' bar just below this text box. However, I noticed it didn't work properly when I last tried and didn't get around to reporting it (my last report of a problem took months to fix - and weeks to even get Chow to agree that something was wrong).
            I'm guessing there's 'currently' a problem.

            1. re: estufarian

              most certainly. Also, some existing restos aren't linking. boo!

        2. The Kensington Cornerstone apparently will be opening soon (they say April 24, 2010). They have a Facebook page but I can't find any actual website. Here's the FB one:

          Menu highlights:

          Vegetable Paella with tofu chorizo, saffron rice, seasonal vegetables

          Seared Scallops and Sweet Potato Gnocchi, herbed brown butter drizzle

          Corn-dusted calamari, tomatillo salsa, chipotle cream, charred lemon

          Roast Beef Mushroom Melt Bagel with White Cheddar, Caramelized Onions, Horseradish

          Pulled Pork Quesadilla with Manchego Cheese, Avocado Salad, Pico de Gallo

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          1. re: vidkid

            Looks delicious! Can't wait to try it out!

            1. re: food4thot

              I wound up here for brunch a couple weeks ago, the food was pretty good. I had the Cornerstone, which is basically eggs benedict but instead of an english muffin base, they use a grilled cheese sandwich. It was pretty awesome lol. I think they have an actual website now, but when I went the website menu was slightly different than the available menu. They have a big front patio area too (not yet open when I went).


          2. Midtown:
            Hotel Gelato, 532 Eglinton West, Toronto

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            1. re: ezrider4428

              There's also a new gelato place on the east side of Bayview...forget the name though. (Oops - just noticed Millygirl's post below -- it's the Mad Italian).

            2. St Lawrence Market Area:

              Chaska. 125 Jarvis, across from the south market, in a unit that used to be an electric motorcycle shop. Interesting concept with coffee, pastries, pie from "Wanda's Pie in the Sky" as well as takeaway Indian curries and grocery items.

              Ritz Caribbean Foods & Sports Bar at 77 Lower Jarvis, just south of the Esplanade, formerly a Golden Griddle. Jerk, rotis, beer, big TVs, same owners as other Ritz Caribbean restaurants in the city.

              Bolet's Burrito. 134 Lower Sherbourne, behind the Rabba on the southwest corner of Front and Sherbourne. Tiny spot, mainly takeaway with burritos and quesadillas.

              Shawarma House. 222 The Esplanade, corner of Esplanade and Princess between the Coffee Time and the Pizza Nova. Shawarma and falafels made with more care than normal and nice fresh ingredients. Also... samosas (!?) which are not bad, but not great either.

              A No Frills grocery store is going into the (former) Toronto Sun building at 333 King East. Demolition has already been underway for a while, they are noisily clearing out the old presses to make room for cheap grocery goodness.

              Finally, not really an opening, but the Jason George Pub on Front just east of Jarvis is reportedly expanding into the neighbouring unit that formerly held various incarnations of Cafe Asia.

              The Jason George
              100 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5A1E1, CA

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              1. re: Gary

                Queen Margherita Pizza, 1402 Queen E
                After a protracted delay/wait for their liquor licence (what else is new) open today, I understand.

                1. re: SharkfinSoup

                  I like this post :) Great idea inglorius eater!

                  Mad Italian (gelato) - Bayview and Eglinton - should give Hollywood a run for it's money.

                  1. re: millygirl

                    oooh. NEW GELATO PLACES. I like it. I thought they were dwindling in number, but apparently, not so in the Bayview/Eg area...

                2. re: Gary

                  Add to this list a new location of Petite Thuet in the former Zoulpy's space at 244 King East. They've been using it as a prep kitchen for a few months, but I had read they will be opening it as a bakery to take advantage of the patio. Sure enough, just today I saw they've finally got a new sign up. Not open yet, though, so count this as an "opening soon" for 2010...

                  1. re: Gary

                    Have you noticed if this has opened yet?

                    1. re: JennaBean

                      Yes, it's been open now or a week or two, but I haven't visited yet. At last check the back patio does not seem to be set up yet, though (being used as a parking lot, ack!)