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Sep 8, 2010 09:18 AM

Bright Pearl Closed ?

Does anyone when the "Bright Pearl Seafood Restaurant"
on Spadina Av. will be open ?

They are not answering their phone and their door is locked...

Bright Pearl
346 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2G2, CA

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  1. Not sure, however their webiste is down.

      1. re: ace123

        Their sign says "closed for renovations", but........

      2. There was a news story on the Chinese channel about this. There has always been disagreement between the partners here and those in Hong Kong who actually own the building. The main issue is the Spadina entrance, which the local partners feel is the "main entrance", has been rented out to vendors and is completely blocked. The reporter said business was doing well and is not the reason for the closure.

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        1. re: Teep

          Hi Teep: Your note on another thread put more significance in their "closed for reno" sign for me. Regarding the entrance, I thought the side entrance was deliberate and related to feng shui considerations given the building's history. Interesting that the locals would mess with that.

          1. re: T Long

            Can you elaborate on the building's history?

              1. re: T Long

                I don't think that info is correct. I seem to recall the stone lions being installed when that building opened as the Hsin Kuang restaurant in the early 90s. Lions are found in front of majestic buildings or tombs, but not funeral homes.

                Some online media are reporting that they are looking for new partners to reopen the restaurant.

                1. re: Teep

                  Have no idea of it's actual truth, but the "fact" that it used to be a funeral home has been told to me since I was a kid... just one of those things a Toronto CBC might now...

                  1. re: jlunar

                    I always heard the same growing up -- well, not funeral home but the city morgue.

                  2. re: Teep

                    The Lions certainly pre-date that era.
                    Don't know anything about a Funeral Home, but that address was the 'last resting place' of "Paul's Deep Sea Santung" (still sadly missed) after several smaller places, Paul moved here and closed about a year later - probably around early-mid 1980's. The lions were certainly there before he moved in.

                    Edited to add: (from some research on Toronto - and maybe the source of the legend)

                    The Labour Lyceum, 346 Spadina Avenue, was the centre of Toronto labour activity from 1928 to 1968. "The Toronto Labour Lyceum Association, Limited", was incorporated in 1913 to serve trade unions that were not affiliated with the Communist Party. When the American feminist and anarchist Emma Goldman died in Toronto in 1940 her body lay in state here before being shipped to Chicago for burial.

                    Additional edit: as I recall going to a Mongolian BBQ restaurant there in 'approx' 1980 (it was a relative's favourite restaurant and when it closed down I re-met the owners in San Francisco - they bought the entire grill themselves in the bankruptcy sale and moved it to SF). This makes the 'entire Morgue theory' dependent on what existed there between 1968 and 1980. I'm also adding a believable quote from which narrows down the date and also quotes the morgue bellief, but provides no REAL proof of its existence

                    "My dad use to be one of the owners of the old Hsin Kuang Restaurant, and I practically grew up at that place up until it closed down. I can confirm that prior to being Hsin Kuang, the building was an old Chinese morgue / funeral home, and than it was later turned into a Mongolian hot-pot restaurant. When Hsin Kuang bought the building in 1984, the Mongolian restaurant was already closed; however, in the basement, there was an old tavern that was still open. The tavern's entrance was on the St. Andrew side of the street. Hsin Kuang rebuilt the whole building and the tavern in the basement moved out. At that time Hsin Kuang occupied 3 floors including the basement. Even before Hsin Kuang opened its doors, we were told that there were a lot of paranormal activities in the building, especially in the basement tavern."

                    It is my recollection that the lions were installed during the 1984 renovation.

                2. re: hari mirch

                  All I know of the history of the building is the urban legends that it is supposedly haunted.

            1. Oh dear. We were supposed to have our wedding reception at Bright Pearl next June. The website has been down and no one has responded to our emails and phone calls recently, so we were getting concerned. Also, since we live in Chicago, we can't just stop by to see what's going. However, from what I'm reading here, it sounds like we need to look for a new dim sum venue. Any suggestions?

              Bright Pearl
              346 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2G2, CA

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              1. re: winerock

                Pearl Harbourfront. Really beautiful restaurant, good accessibility, great food and gorgeous view.

                I hope you didn't lose your deposit!

                1. re: winerock

                  For how many people? unfortunately there is no other big banquet hall downtown. Hopefully they will find someone to reopen a new restaurant.

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