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Somethings happening in the former Swiss Chalet spot near Logan. I've noticed workmen inside and now a liquor license application is posted in the window.
Anyone got the scoop? Please not another souvlaki or cheap suishi joint.

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  1. I think the permit application says 'st Louis grill' which upon googling does not look good - the other thing I noticed was that the applicant was listed something like "Swiss Chalet to be known as St Louis Grill" which makes me wonder if this is their new concept or something...

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    St Louis
    5307 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M2N5R4, CA

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    1. re: julesrules

      Oh no.. how disappointing. I had high hopes for that corner.

      1. re: julesrules

        There's no direct connection between St. Louis Bar & Grill and Swiss Chalet. AGCO applications often say "X to be known as Y" when a new place is opening in a location where there was another restaurant previously. I assume it has something to do with the legal process of transferring the liquor license.

      2. I had noticed that work seemed to stop about 3 weeks ago. I'll have to have another look. If Googs is right, I'd say we don't need a St Louis grill. But we could use some good Indian food.

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        1. re: foodyDudey

          Sorry I mentioned Googs, now I see it was julesrules who had posted. Timee to get new glasses.

          1. re: foodyDudey

            The thought of a St. Louis doesn't thrill me either. Was hoping for something new and innovative in some way. I'm surprised they picked that spot to open up at. I mean it's not like they're lining up at Gabby's just down the street. That's not to say I would turn down a good chicken wing. Oh well, we'll see what happens.

            1. re: millygirl

              Like the Danforth needs another wings and beer place. Sigh.

              1. re: Pincus

                Correct. You can get wings and beer at Brass Taps and a gew other placs between Carlaw and Pape, we don't need another spot for wings.

        2. So the new place is open, but from looking in I can't say I'll be in a rush to try it out. I see there is also a sports bar coming to the former Myth location. I'm surprised that people think Danforth requires so many sports bars in such a small strip.

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          1. re: foodyDudey

            I thought the same thing fd. Very disappointing.

            1. re: millygirl

              I went there for lunch one Saturday and it was disappointing.

              I wanted to give it a try because I really do like to support local businesses.

              The place looks nice - very bright as compared to when it was a Swiss Chalet as it always seemed so dark. The food was a huge let down. Wings are overpriced for their size....very small with hardly any meat. They were overcooked so they were very dry. Asked for mild and they were still too hot. Did like the fries though but that is no bonus when you are a place supposedly known for your wings.

              All in all, too expensive for the quality and quantity. Would not go back again. Wished they kept it as a Swiss Chalet. At least then you got a decent meal for the money.

              I can't wait to try out the wings at the new sports bar that will replace Myth, whenever that opens. I was surprised to see Myth gone. They'd been around for ages.

              1. re: bolistoli

                I'll be surprised if food is the focus at the new sports bar.

                I would think Brass Taps or the Old Nick are good bets for wings on the Danforth.

                I'm glad Swiss Chalet left the Danforth. Swiss Chalet belongs in places like Barrie, Mississauga and Whitby, not on the Danforth. If you want a decent meal for the money, head to Asteria on Danforth just east of Pape for a chicken souvlaki dinner. Better priced than Swiss Chalet, and you're less likely to end up with high blood pressure.

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                Old Nick
                123 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1N2, CA

                1. re: phoenikia

                  Brass Taps is pretty good for wings. And they've got a good selection of beer on tap (as long as there's Mill St. Tankhouse, I'm happy).

                  1. re: grandgourmand

                    They also have Beau's on draft, which we like. Before that we always ordered the Creemore draft.

                    1. re: foodyDudey

                      Yeah, I had Beau's there for the first time two months ago and really enjoyed it.

                      1. re: foodyDudey

                        i've heard of Beau...and have been seeing the big bottles at the LCBO. Never tried it, though. I'll give it a shot.

                        1. re: grandgourmand

                          They have not been bottling in the big ceramic looking bottles for quite awhile now. Maybe we should have a meet of the locals at Brass Taps one Monday, there are quite a few of us in the area.

                          1. re: grandgourmand

                            Have you tried Taps and Tales just West of Jerry's? A great local pub.

                2. re: foodyDudey

                  Myth is gone? Too bad. I have fond memories of that place.

                  1. re: Pincus

                    It closed about 6 months ago. I remember going when it first opened in the early 90's. It was still serving very good food in 2004 but went downhill sometime after that.

                    1. re: foodyDudey

                      It closed the week before St. Patrick's Day last March. The food was hit or miss for the last few years, but I still had enjoyed a considerably-better-than-most version of spanakopita at Myth the last year it was open.

                    2. re: Pincus

                      Sign on the construction hoarding suggests that the location will eventually become "Legions Sport's Bar" blech

                        1. re: bytepusher

                          Let's just open up a single sports bar stretching from Logan to Donlands and save time.

                          1. re: Pincus

                            Have you seen it since the plastic has come down? OMG what the hell were they thinking?? Vegas, Niagara Falls? Surely I am not the only one horrified by the new Legions fake stone front?

                            I mean really folks - that is just plain G-d awful ugly!!! And to think it took them how many months - 8 - to erect that piece of crap?? Mr Millygirl says he would have preferred the plastic sheeting to this.

                            1. re: millygirl

                              HIDEOUS!!!! When I heard "sports bar" I just thought some very utilitarian, nothing special building. I didn't expect to see the bloody Acropolis, or a Caesars Palace knock off. It is too big, too gaudy, and DOES NOT fit in. Talk about your urban blight!! If the outside is that garish, what will the inside look like? Donald Trump's apartment? Ugh! Why didn't they just leave it as it was?

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                              Caesars Palace
                              4 Goderich E, Seaforth, ON N0K1W0, CA

                              1. re: bolistoli

                                I could only laugh as I drove by it....

                                1. re: bolistoli

                                  Do you think they will have a "pit" where we can watch Greek Gladiators duelling it out to the end?

                                  Obviously nobody had to approve that monstrosity before they started work on it.

                                2. re: millygirl

                                  I'm going to walk by it tonight just so I can gawp at what sounds like a design wonder! Hoping someone dressed up as Zeus will be throwing lightning bolts around with "10% off our Greek Wings" written on them.

                                  1. re: millygirl

                                    Finally saw the Colossal Eyesore today. Yikes!

                                    By the way, Pincus, if what I've heard is true, Legion is not owned by Greeks or Greek Canadians, so if they're serving wings, they aren't Greek wings.

                                    For those in search of Greek wings, head to Rails and Ales or Whistler's. Rails and Ales has moved to 1106 Danforth, and will be open for business on July 1, 2011.

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                                    Rails and Ales Billards Lounge
                                    1106 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L5, CA

                                    1. re: prima

                                      I saw it and I took photos. Yes, I too felt like I was on the Vegas strip!

                                      prima, yeah, it looks very Roman in design. So I will expect someone dressed as Jupiter throwing lightning bolts around with "10% off our Roman Wings" written on them.

                                      1. re: Pincus

                                        Jupiter or Zeus? A few days ago you were hoping they were dressed up as Zeus. I was hoping for Aphrodite! Or even someone dressed up as Sappho and handing out "10% off my savoury pie" coupons would work this weekend.

                                        1. re: foodyDudey

                                          Zeus is Greek, Jupiter is the Roman version of Zeus. I never thought of women in this politically charged age, but I wouldn't object to seeing Venus out there myself.

                                          1. re: Pincus

                                            How about a lightning bolt to wipe out the whole nasty thing?

                                            1. re: bolistoli

                                              I don't know. Maybe they can add some rides for the kids.

                                3. re: bytepusher

                                  That Legions place has been empty each time I walked by. (and I mean completely empty! ) The LEGION name has been removed and now it is called "DAVOS" let's see if a name change brings in the masses. I can't imagine how they are still open with no business.

                                  1. re: foodyDudey

                                    They'll be packed whenever a big sports event is happening. Thats about it.

                                    1. re: foodyDudey

                                      And I was looking forward to watching the chariot races over some wine and a slice of pizza.

                                      1. re: Pincus

                                        Anyone want to buy a very lightly used sports bar? They have been closed for over a month.

                                          1. re: Pincus

                                            They're closed already?!! That didn't last long. Doesn't surprise me though. I NEVER saw anyone going in or out. Please now have someone tear down that hideous facade and open up something that will actually attract customers.

                                            1. re: bolistoli

                                              A pile of dung would attract more customers than that facade.