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Diana's Seafood opening restaurant

BR and I were at Diana's Seafood today on Lawrence (www.dianasseafood.com) and noticed that they took over the Coffee Time in front of their store. One of the workers said they were opening a restaurant and oyster bar in about six months. Anybody know anything about it? Who will the chef be? What will the style be?

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Diana's Seafood
2101 Lawrence Ave E, Toronto, ON M1R, CA

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  1. They have been preparing the site for six months already. A long time.

    1. When I asked about it, they said that they weren't sure if it was going to be a restaurant or an oyster bar (this was a week or so ago). Not sure when it's scheduled to open.

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      1. re: torontofoodiegirl

        We got the same answer when we asked about it a few months ago. Apparently there were differing views from different family members around what type of restaurant it's going to end up as.

        1. re: lyndak

          Hopefully quality will be their top priority. East Toronto (Scarborough) sure is lacking in even decent quality seafood restos. We had Red Lobster as one of our options and even that left (it's pretty sad when Red Lobster is really your only choice in your area). Fingers crossed, Diana's doesn't screw this up.

          1. re: scarberian

            I agree, this is what is lacking for most of the city...Fresh seafood...cooked to your liking. Simple. Although I love oysters...an oyster bar will not cut it in this neck of the woods.

            1. re: scarberian

              Zen Sushi. I'd kill to live near it. Yup, it's in Scarborough.

              1. re: pimentdespelette

                Yes they do seafood amazingly, BUT it is Japanese. I'm talking about more North American /European style of seafood resto. In Seattle and Vancouver they have great restos that specialize in seafood -- grilled, fried, blackened, poached, stuffed, baked, broiled, stewed, etc. At Zen you get great seafood, but Japanese style i.e. teriyaki salmon, sushi (incl. the spider and dragon makis), sashimi. As amazing as Zen is, Scarborough needs an alternative seafood resto i.e. alternative to Japanese or your typical fish and chips, that serve whole crabs, lobster, crawfish, oysters, mussels, clams, sustainable fish species, etc.

        2. Let's hope it's as good as the product in the retail store.

          DT

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            1. Last I heard they were planning on opening it in the new year (2011). I believe the chef will be the same chef they currently have in the retail store.

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              1. re: skrwdrvr

                Any update to the opening date?

                1. re: Googs

                  About a month ago the chef said July. It was drywalled and they were tiling it a week ago.

                  1. re: DUH CAR

                    They were in there working on it yesterday too. Still just framework without fixtures. It sure will be nice to be able to lunch then shop there.

                    1. re: DUH CAR

                      My boyfriend and I finally made it out to Diana's this past weekend to pick up some oysters (amazing Fanny Bays!) We were both super excited to see that work seems to be gearing up on the restaurant/oyster bar in front of the retail unit - including a posting on the wall that they were hiring front of house staff. A quick look inside gave a glimpse of some tables and chairs (I think) and everything appeared to be freshly painted and relatively clean - i.e. more of a finished restaurant than construction site.

                      Any word on when the place should be opening? The July 2011 deadline has passed...