- ingloriouseater Apr 13, 2010 11:31 AM
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
Just posted about some Leslieville openings: http://www.bit.ly/b64oHG
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
2010 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4L, CA
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.
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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:
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
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).
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. http://www.chaska.ca
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
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...