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What's the deal with Bloor St./Annex restaurants and closings?

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  • sake Sep 28, 2010 10:53 AM
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We've been in the neighborhood for 5 years now, and I am astonished at the number of empty storefronts that have remained closed the entire time we've been there, not to mention the turnover off the food establishment business. We went away for 2 weeks in Sept., and in just that amount of time I've seen the following closures/reopenings/reincarnations etc.: Organics on Bloor, the place that used to be Dooney's, the other tea place, Nataraj, and the addition of Sushi Couture.
Can the neighborhood not support decent restaurants? That's not to say all of these places were decent, but why can't we get something good, and not another mediocre sushi place?

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Dooneys Cafe
511 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1Y4, CA

Sushi Couture
456 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M5S 1X8, CA

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  1. I've lived in Toronto most of my life and restaurants on that Annex strip of Bloor tend to come and go fairly regularly. Maybe the high number of rentals and students make the population more transient - plus it's not really a foodie/bar destination place for those outside the hood. Just a thought.

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    1. re: Arcadiaseeker

      And yet some places have been there for years: By the Way Cafe, Future Bakery, Serra, Country Style, Sarah's, etc. although not all of these places are good.

      We're very lucky that Guu, Sushi Couture and Kenzo have decided to open in the hood.

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      Kenzo
      138 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON , CA

      Guu
      398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

      Sushi Couture
      456 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M5S 1X8, CA

      1. re: acd123

        How is Kenzo considered part of the annex??? Its at Dundas and Elizabeth!

        Im with you on Guu and SC

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        Kenzo
        138 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON , CA

        Guu
        398 Church Street, Toronto, ON M5B 2A2, CA

        1. re: themiguel

          There is one opening on bloor

          1. re: Benniep

            Really?? Now that is exciting!! Whereabouts??

            Is it the uptown Kenzo or the downtown Kenzo management that is expanding? If its downtown Im worried about decline of quality due to expansion.

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            Kenzo
            138 Dundas St. W., Toronto, ON , CA

            1. re: themiguel

              i cant remember exactly, north side of Bloor between Spadina and Bathurst...no clue on management.

              1. re: Benniep

                Yes, very exciting. It's on the north side of bloor, just west of Walmer if I remember correctly. It looked like the paper was off the windows and the sign was up, although i drove by kinda quickly and didn't have a good look.

                If the one on Bloor is anything like the one on Dundas, which I go to frequently, it will be great. I really hope the expansion does not lead to a decline in quality.

                1. re: acd123

                  Yeah I know its a bit of a controversial spot for chowhounders, but I have nothing but love for the downtown spot.

    2. High rents? Student population tastes? Bad food?