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Hey, it's already time to launch a new series...Taste T.O. and Greg Clow are my main sources, but they are on hiatus...

Any word yet on some food, bar, and restaurant closings? I've got some prime candidates, but they have not yet announced...

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  1. Yasi's Place has closed according to Blogto.com

    http://www.blogto.com/deadpool/2011/0...

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    Yasi's Place
    299 Wallace Ave, Toronto, ON M6P3N2, CA

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    1. re: ylsf

      This is really sad.

    2. Just so you know, TasteTO.com (Greg Clow and Sheryl Kirby) is no longer on hiatus. It's been back up and running for a few weeks now. Greg is continuing his Sunday updates on openings/closings, etc.

      1. Open Window Bakery as noted in a separate post.

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        1. re: Arcadiaseeker

          The whole lot of them??? Where am I going to get a big, ole-fashioned heavily frosted chocolate cake now???

          1. re: Moimoi

            Sadly yes - there's a whole thread on the topic here. And discussion on where to find a comparable chocolate cake:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/760430

        2. Kokkino on the Danforth. Sign on the door seems to suggest that chattels have been seized because operators were not paying rent.

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          Kokkino
          414 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P3, CA

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          1. re: Zengarden

            Trapezzi on the Danforth was dark last night when I walked by at 7:00 p.m. (which is usually not a good sign). The website is down too (www.trapezzi.com).

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            Trapezzi
            505 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P5, CA

            1. re: 2 cents

              I guess you don't walk by there very often, it's been closed for over 4 months and I mentioned it in early December here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/678449

              1. re: foodyDudey

                Trapezzi seemed to be open on the weekend.

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                Trapezzi
                505 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P5, CA

          2. Oddfellows

            http://www.eyeweekly.com/food/crumbs/...
            http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...

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            1. re: shekamoo

              Ah, just walked by there the other night and was pointing out the communal table to my friend. I always meant to go for their "taco hell" night but never made it out (and looks like they aren't offering it for winter). ... Closes February 1st according to links

              1. re: shekamoo

                I'm still devastated that Oddfellows closed. Lordy, lordy, how I wish I could still visit my old hipster haunt again. :(

                1. re: biggreenmatt

                  It's too bad that parts and labour isn't the next level

              2. Both LPQ locations in Toronto are closed now, I think.

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                1. re: 2 cents

                  Old news also!

                  1. re: foodyDudey

                    Really? I thought it just closed at the beginning of the month. Huh.

                    1. re: 2 cents

                      But it's the end of the month now, the LPQ closing was discussed when it happened.

                      1. re: foodyDudey

                        Huh. Thought this series was about 2011 closings, not it-just-happened closings. Silly me.

                        1. re: 2 cents

                          What I meant was that the LPQ closings were mentioned in their own thread earlier in the month: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/419821

                2. Urban Restaurant on King Street has a for lease sign on the window. Just noticed this when I was in the area yesterday.

                  1. Oh Boy Burger (Queen West) will be closed as of Feb 13, they have a sign up on their window.

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                    1. re: ggom1

                      How did it compare to all those other so called gourmet burger joints?

                      1. re: Brain of J

                        Didn't compare well to Craft, Hero, South St., etc. Burgers were dry with a few bits of gristle.

                    2. I was looking forward to trying the Hyderabadi biryani at Ghareeb Nawaz but when I stopped by at lunch today it was closed and there was a "For Lease" sign in the window.

                      Further down the Danforth, The New Kabab House was also shut. No notice in the window, but a pile of mail inside the door and no signs of life.

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                      Ghareeb Nawaz Restaurant
                      1071 Danforth Rd, Toronto, ON M1J1E4, CA

                      New Kabab House
                      2928 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4C1M1, CA

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                      1. re: hal2010

                        I was sort of hoping that more burger joints and coffee shops would close.

                        1. re: hal2010

                          hal2010; I was following up with your comment about Ghareeb Nawaz. I was there on Monday and it was open for business. After I asked the owner about the forsale sign he pointed to the fact that its on the neighbor window and doesn't effect the restaurant.

                          1. re: bobby45

                            Thanks. I drove by today and it seemed to be open. Not sure why they were closed at noon last Friday? I'll try them again this Friday as I'll be up that way.

                            1. re: hal2010

                              Its because they go for prayers.

                        2. Porquois Pas, French resto at Yonge and Sheppard. Been there for years and years. RIP.

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                          1. re: jacquieF

                            It closed in 2010, not this year.

                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/735695

                            I guess it had it's run after being around over 20 years.

                          2. Quigley's on Queen in the Beach seems to be closed for good. Tables removed and music posters from November in the windows.

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                            1. re: Frids

                              Wow, that's disappointing. That was our go to place on Friday night of the Beaches jazz fest for years now. Plus I enjoyed brunch on their patio in the summer.

                            2. Cinq01 (or Cinq 01) has closed according to their twitter site. A new restaurant takes its place... will post in Openings.

                              1. I guess BBQ just isn't catching on in the West GTA. First Big Smoke in Oakville closes and now Pete's Hillbilly Heaven in Burlington. The latter, in particular, had great pulled pork. I already miss it. :(

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                                1. re: cynalan

                                  Crap! It closed down? The owners there were really nice. Sounds like they had a nasty legal battle with the original franchiser... Do you have any more details on the closing?

                                  Another example of a restaurant that was featured on a deal site and then closed down a few months later (got a voucher from Wagjag I think).

                                  Just checked their website.. Been closed since November 30!

                                  http://www.peteshillbillyheaven.com/

                                  1. re: ylsf

                                    Oh Boy Burger at Queen and Portland is done. I only ate there once and I recall it being okay. They seemed busy whenever I'd pass by.

                                  2. re: cynalan

                                    Wow, those 2 closed???

                                    Jeez.

                                    1. re: cynalan

                                      I'm sorry to hear about Big Smoke's fate. Their pulled pork sandwich was heavenly.

                                    2. Pikilia, the old Mr. Greek at Danforth and Carlaw, has a For Lease sign in the window.

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                                      1. re: Zengarden

                                        Yes, that was short lived. In a way, I see that the old Greektown is starting to get pushed aside slowly but surely. The Danforth is changing, and I am not sure in a positive way. Survival of the fittest I guess.

                                      2. RIP The Hoof Cafe...

                                        just noting it in this thread for posterity.

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                                        http://www.foodpr0n.com -- food. is. love.

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                                        1. re: jlunar

                                          it's closed? I thought they were just revamping it into more of a traditional restaurant.

                                          That's a shame.

                                          1. re: Lazar

                                            They are revamping it, but, the Hoof Cafe as it was known is dead now. Whatvever comes after will hopefully be as interesting, but what was there before is now gone, hence jlunar posting the note here.

                                        2. Made in France is closed. Sign up that the landlord has terminated the lease. Too bad, as they had a nice selection of things you don't find elsewhere.

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                                          1. re: Snarf

                                            I saw that too! I feel guilty because the only time I stepped into that store was when they had their two-for-one sale just before Christmas, and I spent about $80. But I never went back!
                                            It seemed like it was run by a nice French family.

                                          2. Chaska, the little Indian takeout restaurant (and dry goods store / coffee shop / art gallery / event space) at Jarvis and Esplanade across from the south St. Lawrence Market has now closed. I am very sad to see it go, it was a great warm addition to the neighbourhood.

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                                            Chaska
                                            125 Lower Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M5E 1Z6, CA

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                                            1. re: Gary

                                              I was just about to post this. Since my company relocated to Queens Quay and Jarvis it was a good lunch option and also a good spot to grab some take-out if I was in a rush on the way home. They seemed to be doing an okay pace of business.

                                              1. re: jamesm

                                                Hmm... I figured this place wouldn't last actually. Whenever I went by on the weekends it seemed dead... even in early evenings... Maybe they were doing okay lunch business?

                                                Too bad they closed down, hadn't gotten around to having a meal there, just walked in to see what they had...

                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                  Yeah, I'm guessing lunch was there busiest time since it's a bit of a deadzone around there after work. Too bad because good quick take-away is seriously lacking near my office and I simply cannot tolerate Cafe Supreme, or La Prep as it was re-branded over the weekend. No menu change, same crap just different coffee cups and signage.

                                                  1. re: jamesm

                                                    Hey I went out exploring today near work and found a few places near Sherbourne and The Esplanade. A shwarma place, sushi (Miyaki), a new Indian place (Tumeric) and a Pizza Nova. Had the sushi and it was alright for takeout. Anything is better than La Crap! I miss Chaska.

                                                    1. re: ikapai

                                                      These restaurants are actually located at the northeast corner of Princess Street and The Esplanade. The Shawarma House is probably the best of the bunch, very fresh ingredients, and everything made with care. Sushi Miyaki is okay, popular with the local lunch crowd, though I prefer their cooked dishes to their raw sushi, frankly. Both are far superior to nearby "Fuzen" Japanese near Front and George. Pizza Nova is as expected for a chain, nothing exceptional. The Tumeric place used to be known as the Canadian Deli but I've not tried its most recent incarnation, though I see interesting things like "curried goat" on their menu boards that might rank them as worthy of a re-visit. Nearby at Sherbourne and Front behind Rabba is Bolet's Burrito, very good.

                                                      1. re: Gary

                                                        Yep that's why I said "near" Sherbourne and The Esplanade. You can see it from the corner. We are desperate for new places to eat, and even Pizza Nova is better than what they sell in our cafe. My experience with Bolet Burrito was not positive and I have no desire to return. My burrito was not all that flavourful or enjoyable. Canned mushrooms should not be a topping.. We had a great burrito place in Liberty Village and Bolet does not compare..

                                                      2. re: ikapai

                                                        Thanks -- just saw this reply. The Cafe Supreme rebrand made me laugh. Exact same food, just different coffee cups. The place is brutal.

                                                2. re: Gary

                                                  I passed by Cumbrae's on Church tonight and it was all papered up.

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                                                  Cumbrae's
                                                  481 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

                                                  1. re: millygirl

                                                    WHUT. NO. Please tell me they're just doing some reno.

                                                    1. re: jlunar

                                                      I know! I think maybe it is a reno because their website doesn't say anything and the store is still listed. But it was weird because I didn't see any signs posted to say that they were under renovation.

                                                      Maybe someone else can shed some light??

                                                      For me, the Bayview one is my preferred location so I must admit I'm not to bothered. But still....

                                                    2. re: millygirl

                                                      They were open yesterday (Sunday, March 6). Didn't go in because I was with a group, but the shop looked its normal busy self when we passed by. Could it be that you saw those white awnings that they pull down over their windows every night? I would hate to think that Cumbrae's is closing even for a short time!

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                                                      Cumbrae's
                                                      481 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

                                                      1. re: waydowntown

                                                        phew.

                                                        1. re: waydowntown

                                                          Oh! Maybe that's it. Thanks waydowntown. Glad to hear it and sorry for the confusion.

                                                          1. re: waydowntown

                                                            Cumbrae's always looks papered up at night. It's still there and open!

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                                                            Cumbrae's
                                                            481 Church St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

                                                      2. Romagnia Mia on Front served their last dinner under that name last night. They will close for 4 weeks and reopen with a new name, different configuration of the space and a modified/expanded menu. Same chef.

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                                                        1. re: bytepusher

                                                          I was just on their website, I wish I knew about that final blow-out dinner in advance:

                                                          Here is the announcement of the dinner from the website:

                                                          On March 6th 2011, we are hosting a special feast/dinner to celebrate the 14 years that we have had at Romagna Mia.

                                                          The theme of the evening, Big Night! The 1996 industry acclaimed movie about two brother, Primo & Secondo.

                                                          "The Dinner" will be prepared by seven chefs that were once under Gabriele's mentoring. Each Chef will prepare one of the seven courses that were showcased in the movie.

                                                          Each course will be paired with an exceptional wine from the Northern Italian region.

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                                                          Romagna Mia
                                                          106 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1E1, CA

                                                          1. re: foodyDudey

                                                            It was mentioned here in some other threads

                                                            1. re: bytepusher

                                                              I wonder if anyone here went, I'd like to know how it was.

                                                        2. Euro Crepe Cafe - about 3 weeks ago
                                                          Pikilia - just over a month ago

                                                          Both places were on the same block, only doors away from each other.

                                                          TRAPEZZI HAS NOT CLOSED! They merely changed ownership...

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                                                          Euro Crepe Cafe
                                                          582 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1R1, CA

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                                                          1. re: FrancoD

                                                            Euro Crepe Cafe sold 333 "$14 for $33 worth of crepes" coupons in February, I guess all those have to be refunded.

                                                            http://dealicious.ca/index.php?dealId...

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                                                            Euro Crepe Cafe
                                                            582 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1R1, CA

                                                            1. re: foodyDudey

                                                              Yeah I know, its unfortunate. I bought one to but haven't followed up with that...

                                                            2. re: FrancoD

                                                              Really? Trapezzi sure looks closed. Never see any action going on. Are these new owners open for business?

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                                                              Trapezzi
                                                              505 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P5, CA

                                                              1. re: millygirl

                                                                Was open last night as I walked by...

                                                                1. re: millygirl

                                                                  The paper has been off the windows for at least two weeks now.

                                                              2. Looks like My Place in Bloor West Village is closed. Windows were covered up with paper recently.

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                                                                1. re: panko

                                                                  Apparently the property is going to reopen in a few weeks as a new concept. My Place was a nice venue with better food (though pricey) than any other pub in the area, and a good commitment to live music.

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                                                                  My Place Restaurant
                                                                  2 Main St W, Smiths Falls, ON K7A1M5, CA

                                                                  1. re: panko

                                                                    Wasn't think place closed last year? I had a gift card that I got from a charity silent auction that I didn't get around to using and read about it closing down last year here and when I tried to call there was no answer so I assumed it was closed... please don't tell me it was open somewhat recently! ..

                                                                    I am guessing it was closed for a while if the other poster is mentioning plans to re-open....

                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                      It closed for a while last year, then the landlord reopened it and tried to run it for a while.

                                                                  2. Poutine Plus has officially closed. For lease sign on the window.

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                                                                    1. re: food face

                                                                      Terrible news. I thought that was one of the better poutines in the city and much better than the Smoke's crap across the street. Plus the Nathan's fix was an added bonus.

                                                                      1. re: abigllama

                                                                        Yes. Sad indeed.

                                                                    2. Two more closings:

                                                                      Sweet Tooth on the Danforth has been closed a couple of weeks. They served pastries, coffee and cakes.

                                                                      Also, KC Caribbean, on Pape @ Mortimer has closed.

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                                                                      1. re: FrancoD

                                                                        Xe Lua on Gerrard at Broadview is closed for renovations. Don't know about the Spadina location.

                                                                        1. re: Frids

                                                                          Looks like Xe Lua on Gerrard has reopened and that their closure really was for renovations.

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                                                                          Xe Lua Restaurant
                                                                          625 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M1Y2, CA

                                                                      2. I heard that the Banknote at the corner of King and Bathurst is closed or closing soon.

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                                                                        1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                                                                          Where did you hear this? I went in on Tuesday and no one would admit to knowing anything about closing. I liked that they carry Big Wheel, although it never seems to be in stock these days.

                                                                          1. re: SweetSweetPotato

                                                                            I heard through the resto grapevine that someone else has taken the lease on the space and is going to be opening a new place. I'll see if I can get more deets.

                                                                        2. Looks like Vanipha Lanna on St. Clair near Oakwood has closed. It was a nice neighbourhood Thai/Laotian place. Sad to see it go.

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                                                                          1. re: Jimmy100

                                                                            So am I. The food was delicious. Any idea if they are gone forever or just moving?

                                                                            1. re: Jimmy100

                                                                              That's too bad - I liked them. A cheaper place with (IMHO) slightly better food opened over on Vaughan Road and they deliver for free (Taste of Thai House). Once we discovered that place we did not go back to Vannipha.

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                                                                              Thai House Restaurant
                                                                              506 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V2B3, CA

                                                                            2. Nawab Indian cuisine in Thornhill (7700 Bathurst Street at Promenade Village Shops) has closed. Walked by today and saw a note on the door that the landlord had terminated the least and taken over the premises.

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                                                                              1. re: EB_TO

                                                                                I'm surprised they lasted this long- the place is too big and was always empty.

                                                                                1. re: EB_TO

                                                                                  The Wild Wing location right across the street from Nawab (in the Smart Centre at Bathurst and Centre) is also closed. Never ate there but walked by the other day and saw the same kind of notice - lease terminated etc.

                                                                                  1. re: EB_TO

                                                                                    India Kitchen at Donlands and Danforth looks to be closed as well as an Irish Pub called Seanachai closer to Greenwood.

                                                                                    1. re: Poorboy

                                                                                      Wow. India Kitchen wasn't there very long. Not surprised about the pub though.

                                                                                2. pulp kitchen!
                                                                                  Not upset though - was never a fan

                                                                                  Erin
                                                                                  http://www.cookiesandtomatoes.com

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                                                                                  1. re: ekim256

                                                                                    Didn't Pulp Kitchen close sometime last year? Seems to me it's been gone forever.

                                                                                    1. re: millygirl

                                                                                      I think it closed twice. Two different locations.

                                                                                      1. re: Herb

                                                                                        Definitely Queen Street East location closed last year. Foodist Market is in that space now.

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                                                                                        Foodist Market
                                                                                        1129 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1K9, CA

                                                                                        1. re: Herb

                                                                                          must've closed when I was away - I was just tipped off :)

                                                                                        2. re: millygirl

                                                                                          I seem to recall that they moved locations last year, didn't know that they shuttered permanently

                                                                                      2. The Hornero Restaurant at 528 Yonge has closed over the last few days. The place is empty and there's a new sign in the front. Looks like St. Louis Wings and Ribs is going in.

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                                                                                        St. Louis
                                                                                        595 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G2C2, CA

                                                                                        The Hornero Restaurant
                                                                                        528 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4Y1X9, CA

                                                                                        1. Chippy's at 490 Bloor West has closed. The website shows an unspecified "new location opening soon". Queen West location is still open.

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                                                                                          1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                            I was in the area today, sign up there saying that Smoke's Poutinerie is moving in. June 6th opening I think it said.

                                                                                            1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                              I think the "new location opening soon" on the Chippy's website might refer to the Bloor location, as the copyright notice on the site says 2004...

                                                                                            2. Driving around to T & T's last Saturday, I thought that I would stop in to Cherry St. Restaurant for lunch (as I have been meaning to go for a while, since they opened back in Sept/Oct for 2010).

                                                                                              As I was driving by, I noticed the 8.5" × 11" white sheet of paper crudely scotch taped to the front door, and the place was devoid of lights & life. Since I was driving, this still did not prove anything to me. I happen to still have their phone number, which I dialed to hear that it was "not in service".

                                                                                              In pace requiescat Cherry Restaurant...we hardly knew ye

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                                                                                              Cherry St. Restaurant
                                                                                              275 Cherry St, Toronto, ON M5A 3L3, CA

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                                                                                              1. re: Lazar

                                                                                                Wow, I had been meaning to go there too. I wonder how long ago it closed down and what happened? I thought the owner put in all kinds of money in to renovate/restore it...Shame if it is indeed closed down (which is sounds like it is from your experience!).

                                                                                                1. re: Lazar

                                                                                                  Oh how interesting. I was a strong supporter of Cherry St. when they first opened last year and went regularly through the winter. A few months went by without a visit and we finally made it back there about 3 weeks ago. What a HUGE change for the worse. They had changed the menu, changed the staff and I'm guessing changed the kitchen. The food was more expensive and the quality had gone seriously downhill. They didn't even have real cheddar cheese for their grilled cheese -- what I got was that hideous "processed" cheddar. My husband's omelette was swimming in grease and his potatoes were cold. The staff was young and sweet, but rather clueless. I was SO sad that one of our favourite casual breakfast joints had taken such a dive.

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                                                                                                  Cherry St. Restaurant
                                                                                                  275 Cherry St, Toronto, ON M5A 3L3, CA

                                                                                                  1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                    That's too bad, I had wanted to try it out but each time I drove by it wasn't lunch time. I wonder why there would be such a drastic change in menu etc. I thought the Turtle Island Recycling owner had set that up mainly for his employees so they could find some decent food nearby.

                                                                                                    1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                      The impression I got was that they were suddenly trying to appeal to the film industry crowd. What used to be a basic diner menu now had salads with goat cheese, roasted vegetables and balsamic vinaigrette. The old manager and the main waitress were both down-to-earth and middle aged. The new staff were all under 28.

                                                                                                      1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                        Well it seems that I should have been a bit more thorough. I happened to be on Cherry St. last night, and just for S&G I thought I would see what the signage on seemingly closed Cherry St Restaurant had to say.

                                                                                                        Yes, they were closed, but not permanently. According to the note (in summary), they had a pipe burst, which highlighted major plumbing issues, and the restaurant will be closed while all the issues are being fixed. I don't know what the date of the posting was, but it did say that they were hoping to be open by May 13th.

                                                                                                        So, I apologize for posting any of this a little prematurely....but the 13th has passed, and it still looked completely dead to me....

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                                                                                                        Cherry St. Restaurant
                                                                                                        275 Cherry St, Toronto, ON M5A 3L3, CA

                                                                                                        1. re: Lazar

                                                                                                          If it was a sewage pipe and not a fresh water pipe, there could be a lot of work involved in the cleanup, especially if the ceiling fan was on. :-)

                                                                                                2. Patris on Danforth is now closed, there are For Lease signs on the windows.

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                                                                                                  Patris Restaurant
                                                                                                  888 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J1L7, CA

                                                                                                  1. Just passed Crispy Roll on Queen. For lease signs are up....

                                                                                                    1. I *THINK* ND Sushi on Laird has closed.
                                                                                                      There's a new sign plastered across the main window advertising another sushi name.

                                                                                                      1. Ferraro North on Centre Street in Thornhill is closed. There were speculations about this in another thread but I passed by the other day and all the signs are gone.

                                                                                                        1. Nutralicious, 1234 Woodbine Ave at Lumsden. For lease signs on the windows.

                                                                                                          1. Vault on Avenue Rd. Pretentious service, expensive & meh food, and too fancy to be a neighborhood restoraunt. It was bound to happen sooner rather than later. But hopefully it won't be a trend for the 'hood. LOVE Kitchen, Stratto, and Copper Chimney.
                                                                                                            http://runningandrecipes.blogspot.com/

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                                                                                                            Copper Chimney
                                                                                                            619 Kingston Rd W, Ajax, ON L1S6L8, CA

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                                                                                                            1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

                                                                                                              Copper Chimney was/ is on Avenue Road?

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                                                                                                              Copper Chimney
                                                                                                              619 Kingston Rd W, Ajax, ON L1S6L8, CA

                                                                                                              1. re: Brain of J

                                                                                                                Yes, Copper Chimney is on Avenue Road, a block and a half South of Wilson.

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                                                                                                                Copper Chimney
                                                                                                                619 Kingston Rd W, Ajax, ON L1S6L8, CA

                                                                                                            2. Nitya restaurant in the Gerrard India Bazaar has announced they will close, last service on May 31

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                                                                                                              1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                No loss. Incredbly bad food.

                                                                                                              2. Drove by Dash Kitchen on the Danforth yesterday - papered up and a "for rent" sign in the window. It looked like there was a note posted - are they moving? closing? No info on their website.

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                                                                                                                1. re: peppermint pate

                                                                                                                  Closing. I have a photo of their "good bye" message (attached). Papers were up just before Mother's Day.

                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                2. Sounds like SpiceSafar on King Street is closed (or has been for a while) according to this posting on Blogto talking about Montreal brands :

                                                                                                                  http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2011/...

                                                                                                                  Can anyone confirm? I tried calling the number on their website and got a "this number is not in service message". I called Wagjag and they processed by voucher return.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                    Yup, it's closed since mid-April. In its place is Atelier Cafe Lounge.

                                                                                                                  2. m:brgr on king west?

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                                                                                                                    1. re: hungreez

                                                                                                                      Closed - there's a message on their website to come visit their Montreal location

                                                                                                                      1. re: furhead

                                                                                                                        i don't think i will fly to montreal for their burgers....

                                                                                                                    2. Was at St. Lawrence Market earlier this week and was shocked to see that a huge shop had tarping all over empty shelving and space... it looks like Olympic Cheese is gone. It's too bad as I would occasionally pick up some products from them and it seems that they were the first cheese shop to open at SLM back in 1958.

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                                                                                                                      92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

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                                                                                                                      1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                        Olympic is just closed for renos. They posted on Twitter yesterday that they'll be open next week:

                                                                                                                        http://twitter.com/#!/olympiccheese/s...

                                                                                                                        1. re: gregclow

                                                                                                                          Thanks for the correction and apologies for the incorrect info! I wasn't aware of the renos but am glad that they'll be back.

                                                                                                                      2. Ozzero's on Mount Pleasant where Cambalache was has a for lease sign up. Noticed it coming out of Bread and Butter last weekend.

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                                                                                                                        505 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON , CA

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                                                                                                                        1. re: Sherm_TO

                                                                                                                          Man, I wish I had read this thread before driving over there the other day to use my Dealsharing.com voucher.

                                                                                                                          Seems like yet another restaurant to take advantage of a group buy and steal some money before closing up shop.

                                                                                                                          Luckily the folks at Dealsharing.com were very easy to deal with and refunded my money in a couple days.

                                                                                                                        2. Smokeless Joe on John St. in the entertainment will close as of Tuesday. Their remaining stock of beers is dwindling, so if you want to visit for a final drink make it quick. The staff says they are relocating, but there is no word on where or when that might happen. So for now, I view this as a sad closure of one of my favourite places in Toronto.

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                                                                                                                          Toronto, ON, Toronto, ON , CA

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                                                                                                                          1. re: Gary

                                                                                                                            Dang. But, if they are truly relocating to a new space that's a bit larger, I wouldn't mind so much.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Gary

                                                                                                                              Smokeless Joe is back, relocated to 488 College St:

                                                                                                                              http://www.toronto.com/blog/post/7004...

                                                                                                                              http://twitter.com/#!/smokelessjoe

                                                                                                                            2. Elegantview - Long time Chinese and Dim Sum restaurant at Victoria Park and McNichol is latest victim of intense competition in the area.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: T Long

                                                                                                                                oh boo...!

                                                                                                                              2. The Drake's BBQ pop-up shop closed down at the start of July. Too bad because I never got a chance to try it!

                                                                                                                                http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/E...

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                                                                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                  Damn, I never got to try it! :(

                                                                                                                                  Why would they close it? Seemed like it was doing well, no.....?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                    its a "pop up" shop by definition they stay open a month or two then change to something totally different..

                                                                                                                                    1. re: RogerDoger

                                                                                                                                      True.

                                                                                                                                      Although, I guess it had been around for a fairly extended period, so I'd assumed, as I think others probably had, that they were no longer a pop-up but permanent. But I guess that's true.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: magic

                                                                                                                                      Yeah, I wish they had given a bit more notice... but, oh well, on to the next thing I guess :)

                                                                                                                                      1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                        Yes, exactly.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                          The Drake is tearing that building down to expand the hotel. It may well pop-up again.

                                                                                                                                      2. re: magic

                                                                                                                                        IMO you didn't miss anything.

                                                                                                                                      3. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                        Honestly, I don't think that you were missing too much. It was ok, but not great.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Lazar

                                                                                                                                          i agree, ok, not great, but nice to have in that part of queen west.

                                                                                                                                          they were very upfront that this was going to be a shorter term venture that replaced the ice cream scoop shop short term venture....

                                                                                                                                          1. re: ingloriouseater

                                                                                                                                            Considering it was a Drake pop-up shop they did a decent job. Nothing spectacular but great for a quick bite or after the bar for people in the neighborhood. I just wished they were licenced. Are they going back to the ice-cream place now?

                                                                                                                                            1. re: jamesm

                                                                                                                                              The space going to be part of the hotel expansion so it's a bit TBD now. But the expansion makes sense for shutting, everytime I went there it was fairly busy. It wasn't the greatest but I always enjoyed my food and it was perfect for a quick option in the area.

                                                                                                                                      4. Bar One is gone, according to the Star.

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                                                                                                                                        924 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J1G6, CA

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: rationallawyer

                                                                                                                                          That used to be a great little place. Haven't been for years but i'm surprised since it always seemed to be hopping.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                                                                                                                                            They seemed to be doing well right to the end. Don't know what happened?

                                                                                                                                        2. James Joyce on Bloor.

                                                                                                                                          And sadly - at the end of the month............Cha Liu dim sum shoppe at Yonge and Eg. Their lease is up and they haven't been able to find a new location.

                                                                                                                                          1. The Irish Nacho place mentioned in this thread is closed (at least today, with a landlord notice on the door):

                                                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/766442

                                                                                                                                            It is south of Dundas on Church. Pretty much they are done, rent owing was over $8000

                                                                                                                                            1. China House after 53 years....making room for a condo....

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: MeMeMe

                                                                                                                                                I thought I read that the new owner will remain open for take out business and looking to reopen at another location?

                                                                                                                                              2. Congee Royal in front of J-town (Vic Park and Steeles) has closed. Latest in a sequence of failed restaurants in the same premise. Housed one of the "Town & Country Buffets" in the 80's

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: T Long

                                                                                                                                                  Ame on Mercer has washed away...thank god.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: linalool

                                                                                                                                                    Yet another Charles Khabouth food mistake. The food was actually good before the brothers left and poof. Maybe he should just stick to clubs!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: JennaBean

                                                                                                                                                      Charles Khabouth is to restaurants what Michel Leblanc is to airlines...

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: JennaBean

                                                                                                                                                        I'm confused. I don't remember the food at Rain (and later Ame) ever being good, even when the Rubino bros. were at the helm.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: tjr

                                                                                                                                                          I agree. Over complicated for the sake of being complicated

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ingloriouseater

                                                                                                                                                            Isn't that Guy Rubino's forte? Ate at Rain once before it officially opened and it was pleasant, but the servers were gushing over the food like it was the second coming. The closest comparison I can think of is real estate agents talking about a house they have for sale. Yeah, it's nice, but not that nice.

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: tjr

                                                                                                                                                            I'm glad to read this thread -- I don't know where I'd gotten the impression that Rain was an amazing restaurant with flawless, innovative food -- but I thought I'd pass them through my vegan test when I was in my vegan days. I figured because they kept talking about their "Asian-inspired" cuisine, they'd have some fresh takes on vegan food. Most Asian food does vegan well (broadly speaking).

                                                                                                                                                            The experience was disappointing on all levels. On the food front, everything was bland, or (oddly) overly vinegared, and uninspired. It felt like they thought I should be fine with garnishes and pickles, charged at entree prices. Service-wise, although we'd told our servers when making our reservation weeks in advance that I would need a vegan menu, they forgot, then made a fuss when I reminded them after we arrived. Since I'd been accommodated at an oyster bar in the Distillery district (of all places!) with no notice -- and thrilled by a delicious vegan meal made on the spot by a charming chef -- I expected similar service at this restaurant that was charging 3x what that oyster bar did.

                                                                                                                                                            Ugh. That brought back some bad memories.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: cdnexpat

                                                                                                                                                              It's all about them, not you. End of story. If you ever watched their silly ego boosting TV show a few years ago it would tell you all you needed to know -DON'T GO to a Rubino joint!

                                                                                                                                                    2. Just walked by Ackee Tree on Spadina just north of Queen. The windows were papered over and there was a short note saying they are closed after 5 years. I wonder if it's related to the rest of the building that used to have Blockbuster looking like it is slated for redevelopment?

                                                                                                                                                      Honestly, I found that they had gone down hill in the last year or so. But in their hey day, it was a good place to have in the hood. My faves were their jerk chicken sandwich, sweet potato fries, stew beef and fried chicken.

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                                                                                                                                                      170 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON M5T2C2, CA

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: num nums

                                                                                                                                                        They've definitely taken a nose drive over the past few years - here's hoping that we get a good replacement!

                                                                                                                                                      2. River on roncesvalles is thankfully closed, for sale andeverything is for sale this weekend if you want to pick up some used restaurant chattels

                                                                                                                                                        1. Sado Sushi on Eglinton will be under new ownership as of tomorrow. The restaurant will not be closing but I'm told the menu will change.

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                                                                                                                                                          1116 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C2E2, CA

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Tatai

                                                                                                                                                            Has anyone been since the changeover?

                                                                                                                                                          2. Paper on the windows at the Peter's Place diner at Broadview and Danforth. Man that location is cursed.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                              We got a flyer in our mailbox announcing the opening of The One That Got Away Fish and Chips - on Broadview and we couldn't figure out where it was going - this was before Peter's Place was papered over. Yes the same address as Peter' s Place, where there was a fish and chip shop that went under before Peter's Place came in. I agree with bytepusher - this location must be cursed. In our 24+ years in the neighbourhood, no one has had a success here.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: MorseCat

                                                                                                                                                                Oh YES! I'm trilled to have them move into my hood!!!

                                                                                                                                                            2. Looks like Sasaya on Eglinton/Oriole Parkway closed. Man were they overpriced and nothing special. Had been there for decades though. Some new Japanese restaurant opened in its place.

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                Didn't Sasaya close a few years ago? That was the first place I ate sushi at, back around 1978!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                                                  No no, it was still operating......

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                    I mentioned that as I was sure I read in a newspaper that it was closing, that was a few years ago. Perhaps some other people bought it and kept it going. It used to be quite good in the late 70's, some friends and I would eat there about once every month.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                                                      Maybe a year and a half ago or so they changed their sign out front, but it was still called Sasaya. Who knows, maybe it was under different owners as you say. But as of a few weeks ago it's no longer called Sasaya....

                                                                                                                                                                2. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                  That was the first place I ever had sushi and it was one of the better places for awhile.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                                                                                                                                                                    I drove by it maybe thousands of times, but only went once. It was very expensive, super-small portions, and probably not even mediocre quality.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                      Back in the late 70's and early 80's there was very little choice for sushi and the quality was very good. I'm not sure what you mean by " probably not even mediocre quality" if you never tried it out back at that time.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                                                        Well, I guess I just meant that its quality was maybe on par with other run-of-the-mill dime-a-dozen sushi joints today. I have no idea if it was any good back then, it might have been for all I know. But when I visited a few years ago, in my single experience at least, it wasn't special at all and pretty pricey, especially for the small portions.

                                                                                                                                                                        And yeah, they were certainly one of the very first to bring sushi to Toronto. At the very least midtown.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                          I remember the food being quite good there. But 30 years later, anything could have happened. I read a few negative reviews from a few years back that said a lot of teenagers ate there, which leads me to think the prices dropped and most likely the quality did also.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                                                            Those damned teenagers.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                              The Japanese place that took over when Sasaya on Eglinton closed now appears to have closed itself. I cannot confirm this 100% but there is a big FOR LEASE sign in the window.

                                                                                                                                                                              I realize this info should arguably be posted on the 2012 Closings thread but since there was talk about it on this thread I thought it more appropriate to post here.

                                                                                                                                                                3. Lai Toh Heen is closing down. Too bad.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: childofthestorm

                                                                                                                                                                    Wow this is surprising! Too bad. Will Lai Wah Heen follow?

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: childofthestorm

                                                                                                                                                                      Have they already closed, or is this a heads-up? Any more details/background known?

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: T Long

                                                                                                                                                                        Closing Sep 18th. Story here:

                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: syoung

                                                                                                                                                                          Wow. The article refers to it as being the cheaper cousin. I was always under the impression the Mount Pleasant location (sorry always got the names confused) was the more expensive of the two.

                                                                                                                                                                          As a side note, we just recently went to the hotel location and really enjoyed our meal.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: millygirl

                                                                                                                                                                            A quick glance at the online menus at both LWHeen and LWToh indicates little consistency between the two...they have many different menu items and for similar items the prices often vary. Sometimes the price at Heen is higher, sometimes its higher at Toh. Certainly there is little reason to call Toh the "cheaper" cousin...suspect that is an uninformed term used by the torontolife writer.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: childofthestorm

                                                                                                                                                                        That's too bad.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                                                                                                                                                                          Chris Nuttall-Smith from Toronto Life posted it on his Twitter yesterday.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: childofthestorm

                                                                                                                                                                            According to opentable you can't book after september 18

                                                                                                                                                                      3. Retro Burger on Yonge south of St Clair has gone.
                                                                                                                                                                        Won't be missed!

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                                                                                                                                                                        1450 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T 1Y5, CA

                                                                                                                                                                        1. Moe's Southwest Grill on Eglington is no longer with us.

                                                                                                                                                                          I'll miss the spot-on southern taco joint queso dip. The burritos were ok but were made better by pouring the roasted corn and green salsas on everything.

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                                                                                                                                                                          35 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4P1A1, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: abigllama

                                                                                                                                                                            I walked by the other day and it said closed for renovations.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MeMeMe

                                                                                                                                                                              On Wed around 4PM two computer printed signs on the door said "CLOSED" and "Thank you to our family and friends for all of your support". Inside it was dark and looked like most of the furniture had been removed.

                                                                                                                                                                              Just called to double check and their number is no longer in service.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: abigllama

                                                                                                                                                                                What is happening with all these descent uptown joints closing.

                                                                                                                                                                                Super sad about Chi Liu. I went to take a friend there last Monday to find the "for lease" sign in window.

                                                                                                                                                                                I hope they do find a new location (maybe uptown as well).

                                                                                                                                                                                Also on a nostaligic note sad about China House and holy crap LTW is going too, no more uptown dim sum for me. Sigh.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. Petite Thuet on Eglinton (at Bathurst) closed.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                              Also gone in North Toronto: the Mount Pleasant and Soudan branch of Sweet Gallery (next door to Lai Toh Heen), which appears to have closed in late September.

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                                                                                                                                                                              694 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

                                                                                                                                                                              Lai Toh Heen
                                                                                                                                                                              692 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4S, CA

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jamie

                                                                                                                                                                                I always wondered about that place. The few things I had were just okay.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jamie

                                                                                                                                                                                  Hmm, that place was there for literally decades.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jamie

                                                                                                                                                                                    Actually, I think that both of the city locations have closed (Bloor West and Mt. Pleasant), but the main location in Etobicoke is still around.

                                                                                                                                                                                    In any case, I don't think that it is any great loss. Haven't been there for years but I felt the offereings were average at best, and every visit I made encountered disinterested and rude service...at both city locations.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Lazar

                                                                                                                                                                                      Anyone know what's going in there? Looks like they're doing some work on the place.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: torontofoodiegirl

                                                                                                                                                                                        To answer my own question, it's a Starbucks going in. I do love Starbucks, but am kind of sad that Mount Pleasant is getting another big chain business. Am also sad that that great patio won't be used for a real restaurant; there are too few restaurants with patios in the 'hood.

                                                                                                                                                                                        New question: does anyone know what's going in where Lai Toh Heen was? Looks like renos are well underway.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. Bombay Poori - One of Richmond Hill's best Indian restaurant

                                                                                                                                                                                  Richmond Court, Chalmers/Hwy7 - Head to Times Square instead

                                                                                                                                                                                  Kaiseki Sakura - Missed their braised ox-tongue but nothing else.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Big Joy congee and noodles - no body makes a better congee with pig's liver better in town! Sigh!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  328 7 Hwy, Thornhill, ON L4B1A1, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Charles Yu

                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm sad to see Kaiseki Sakura close. I really liked it, even though it was a little too pricey to be on my regular roster.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: piccola

                                                                                                                                                                                      Same here. This was one of our go to special occasion spots for years and the food was always interesting and delicious, as were the cocktails, and the service was fantastic. The restaurant never got much traction here on Chowhound -- many seemingly couldn't get past the idea that the word "kaiseki" was in the name but it was not a strictly traditional kaiseki menu. The good news is that the offical closure email sent out from the restaurant this week said "Don't worry, Daisuke is not going anywhere!! It is just too early to announce his new venture" so there's hope for the future. Maybe he'll try something at a lower price point?

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gary

                                                                                                                                                                                        I hope so. While it might have been good value, the price is what dissuaded me from trying the place over the years, much as I wanted to.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Cafe Taste ( 1330 Queen St West (@ Brock St.)
                                                                                                                                                                                    is closing October 17. To be taken over by a new restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. I noticed that Manos Meats/Deli is closed in the St. Lawrence Market. I used to always get their roast beef sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                                                      A new place is up, Carniceros I think.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ultimobailey

                                                                                                                                                                                        In it's original ownership, Manos was my go to butcher at the SLM. When the new owners took over they looked very lost and the cuts weren't in the least enticing. If Carniceros means they're adding a Spanish style butcher to complement the other styles in the house, I'd welcome the change.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Just don't go too upmarket there, SLM!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. What's up w/ Fare Bistro on Queen East? Website is under renovation - "New Website Coming Soon" is never a good sign - and the last couple of times I've gone by the place looked closed (no lights, chairs on tables, etc.).

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1097 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1K7, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I noticed Fionn MacCools on St. Clair west of Yonge has been replaced by Harry's Social Kitchen and Bar. They have $15 burgers.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: hal2010

                                                                                                                                                                                            $15 burgers? How social is that?

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Brain of J

                                                                                                                                                                                              He meant to say Harry's Socialist Kitchen. They're spreading the wealth.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                                                Is it on the "occupy" list?

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Spin Desserts at Yonge and Eglinton, not surprisingly, is closed. Windows all papered up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MeMeMe

                                                                                                                                                                                              Is it officially closed? I walked by there yesterday thinking it was closed too, but on the door they have sign saying they are closed for a few days due to water damage. That sign on the door has been there for at least 10 days though. If it is closed, that's insanely fast--it was only open for a few months!!

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: illy

                                                                                                                                                                                                http://spindessert.com/contact-midtow...

                                                                                                                                                                                                Looks like it was 'severe' water damage. I was hoping that something else worthwhile would open up. Dang.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. We don't often stray outside the city of Toronto in this thread but

                                                                                                                                                                                              About Thyme Bistro in Vineland has announced they will close as of October 29th

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                                                                                                                                                                                              3457 King St, Vineland, ON L0R2C0, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I hope this is false info, but I just read elsewhere that Weezie's at King and Power is closed with a landlord failure-to-pay notice on the door. Can anyone confirm? A sad loss if true.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Gary

                                                                                                                                                                                                  FALSE

                                                                                                                                                                                                  But they are closed today with a plumbing problem and hope to open in a day.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Where did you read that?

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Gary

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Walked by there this morning and that's what the notice on the window looked like.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Frids

                                                                                                                                                                                                      That notice is not for Weezie's Restaurant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Anymore info on Weezie's? I can't imagine they would close as they are always busy and the food is always very good.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Gary

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I was at Weezie's as of last Friday- things seemed to be going fine. Steak tartar is arguably the best in town.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      That said, with only 20 tables and surprisingly reasonable prices for really good bistro nosh, I always wondered how they stayed in business. Not that I really care, so long as it doesn't interfere with my tartar supply.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      354 King St E, Toronto, ON M5A1K9, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Gary

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Okay, good news, I walked by today and the restaurant is NOT closed, everything looks fine with tables set for dinner. It was closed for lunch as usual, though, and it looks very dark in general, and with the paper menu taped to the window I suppose could have looked like a landlord notice to someone who was just driving by. Very glad this was a false alarm, long live Weezie's!

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Gary

                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's not exactly what happened and apparently I wasn't the only one to have made the error but it was an error. foodyDudey is correct, the notice seen was not for Weezie's Restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Frids

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I'm very happy to hear Ms Constance is still in business. I thought perhaps that #$%^&* grocery store took 'em down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. According to their Twitter account, Bigabaldi's is closing at the end of the month.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: sloweater

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Baba Ali on Lake Shore has closed, not that too many people noticed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: sloweater

                                                                                                                                                                                                            I had read rave reviews about this place. Any idea why they closed?

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Brain of J

                                                                                                                                                                                                              No business,

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Brain of J

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Poor location is my best guess.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: sloweater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It was the location, they said it wasn't working out for them. I told them to send me their new location if they find another spot so I can get my garlic dough knot fix. Had the nodini from Buca the other night and it just wasn't the same :-(

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. sierra grill is apparently closed... does anyone know when that happened?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Taps and Tales on the Danforth is closing because the owner is selling the business. It is being bought by the owners of Hot House and according to the staff at Taps it will either be much the same as the current bar or it will be more upscale. That stretch of the Danforth from Greenwood to Woodbine could do with a couple of nicer restaurants but I am going to miss my local!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Kooper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sounds like it will still be open in almost it's current form but with new owners so I'm not sure why you will miss it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Some of the staff we got to know really well over the year's won't be back and fear of the unknown. Taps is at the top of my price range to be "The Local". If dinner items go up much more then it will be a "now and then restaurant" rather than a frequent night out or quick dinner when we don't want to cook.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. I saw a Bailiff's notice posted on Cafe Demetre at 400 Danforth Ave. last night. (not that I'll miss it, I hadn't been there in about 17 years)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Adding Tomi Kro and Carpano to the list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Unfortunately, I just discovered Carpano last month, and have been telling friends it was one of the last actually mid-ranged spots in town for a decent meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Personally, I hadn't had a good meal at Tomi Kro in a few years. I think the expansion, combined with the competition of 20 new restaurants opening within the last three years, lead to their demise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: dlw88

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think Tomi-Kro was mentioned here last week. I heard that there was a disagreement among some of the partners. I also heard they often owed money to the waiters.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: dlw88

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        OH NO! I'm so sad about Carpano. I was just there a couple of weeks ago. I will sorely miss their fantastic panini. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: dlw88

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ugh, that is very disappointing about Carpano. Easily my favourite reasonably-priced nice dinner out and I will miss them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Manybears

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Very sad on the loss of Carpano.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: dlw88

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Any word on why for Carpano? Their web site is still up and I haven't seen Sidecar tweet anything about them (I haven't found a twitter account for Carpano).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              yes it is true about Carpano, the restaurant has been sold and will be reopening in a couple of weeks. Not sure what kind of cuisine / pricepoint.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: k_collin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Chuck & Co. on St. Clair has closed. Walked by this weekend and saw the "for lease" signs. I always thought that the location was prime (and still is) for a good burger joint and hope that one moves in to fill the void. Unfortunately, my one experience actually eating at Chuck & Co. didn't make me want to go back - with an overcooked and tasteless burger and soggy fries.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Oh well...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                672 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 1A9, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: glickjor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I feel like that location is cursed! I hope something decent moves in there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The only curse that location has is with bad restaurants.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: glickjor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I guess McD's and Stockyards and the new Harvey's were enough for the burger fan. I feel the location was great but the space wasn't very kid friendly and it took a while for the food. It was good, not amazing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I agree about the cursed location...weird.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: MeMeMe

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MeMeMe I agree on the kid-friendly comment - the only time I went was with my kids and I think the set up could have been better, especially given the huge number of families in this neighbourhood that would be the most likely customers at a place like that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Seriously - having your kids sit on tippy stools with a high top marble table did not make for a relaxing meal!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: glickjor

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Shocked that it lasted as long as it did. Ate there once, and vowed never again. And every time I drove past, it was always empty.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No great loss

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Lazar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i tried the liberty village location 3 times....had promise and a very pleasing counter girl, but never got better....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ingloriouseater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Nope - their burgers suck and their pockets are deep.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Mangez on queen west is papered up

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Chimichanga in Yorkville has bitten the dust. Big "For Lease" sign. I can't imagine why that location would have worked.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: rationallawyer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Chimichanga at Yonge and Eg. is also closed. Note for rent not paid on the door dated Oct. 25th or so.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Does anyone know if Ceno has closed? Website and email are down and their voice mail is full. Sadly I can't get up there to do a walk-by and find out

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Sadly Nona on Yonge St. has closed. Too bad. They were so good. A rare gem. Delish AND healthy. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. say good-bye to liberty noodle in liberty village...can chuck & co be far behind?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ingloriouseater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        WOOO HOOO! Nice digs for a great place to open! And I've been praying for over a year that Chuck would pack his bags too - such garbage - and on that note I cannot believe a simple burger place can be so stubborn as to not change it up when they see no one wants to eat their crap! They don't deserve to be in any business.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          when liberty noodle opened i always said it will make a nice place for the next owners...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ingloriouseater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sad but true.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Arshad obviously isn't the wise one at Blowfish....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hasn't Liberty Noodle just opened in that new Eaton Centre food court?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: iMarilyn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yes I saw it there for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: ingloriouseater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I haven't been in that area much but seeing NO ONE there on a Saturday night at 8pm made me wonder how long it would last. Will be interesting to see what moves in.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I never ate there personally based on mediocre reviews.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. It seems Alize on Yonge has closed. There was a notice a few days ago stating that the locks had been changed due to unpaid rent and now the windows have been papered over.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2459 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M4P 2H6, CA

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Degustation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            A sign in the window indicates that Piazzetta #3 will be opening in the old Alize space - not sure when.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Liberty Belle Bistro, after a great splash onto the scene they are now shuttered due to personal health reasons of the owner.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ingloriouseater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's really sad news. I stopped by last Sunday to try some brunch (saw great reviews online) and the place was closed, but didn't say why.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ingloriouseater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Sad news - do you know for sure it was his health or is this something you read? thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  reported on the grid.to and linked from toronto life

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ingloriouseater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    OK thanks. It came across to me as your own personal info giving it much more weight than a press release. I hope he is fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      no, just a quote from him really, but i hope that is something that he can recover from

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ingloriouseater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The article in the Grid said he's okay now and is "onward and upward".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.thegridto.com/life/food-dr...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Brad's on Roncesvalles has closed up. On the plus side a new restaurant called 'The Ace' is opening a few blocks south fairly soon. They have a menu up on the door.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Woo Buffet at Yonge Dundas has a lease termination for the second time this year. Reported by people trying to redeem their daily deal vouchers:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://forums.redflagdeals.com/woo-bu...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Looks like the Southside Grill in Forest Hill Village is finished. Overpriced, even by neighborhood standards. I don't think that it ever found it's niche.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Looking for confirmation. Noticed Inigo closed for the past week or so with a note on the door "Do not enter".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't wish them any harm, but I sure hope something better opens. I don't get why they couldn't add just a hint of seasoning....something. And then make chicken I can't make at home, or get at Metro for that matter!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. forte bistro at richmond and york is closed, volos must have hit them pretty hard

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ingloriouseater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          they seem to have re-opened. the lights are back on, they are answering their phones again and opentable is back up

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Anyone know if Alara has closed? I have gone by three times in the last month and a half at the dinner hour and each time, the lights are off and the place is mostly shuttered. I have also tried calling many times, but the phone just keeps ringing.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LTL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think you have already answered your own question, what do you think? Try calling again, the number is not in service.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They were never reliable in answering the phone when they were confirmed to be "in business". Hence the open question in hopes that someone has more info than I do.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Does anyone know if Relish Bar & Grill is still open? 3 days, 3 phone calls; no answer, no outgoing message, just an annoying fax machine. The website says they have a private event today, but lord knows that could be inaccurate.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yes, open, I called them last night to see but didn't end up going there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Quesada Grill at 200 Bloor West is closing down today. Got an e-mail saying that a condo building is being built there next year. I am not sure if that is the same building as Subway and the Bloor location of Pho Hung? Looks like it. Anyone have info on when/if Pho Hung is closing or relocating?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Granowska's on Roncesvalles is closing at the end of the month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                this is very sad news for me and mine. the apple tarts were our fave but we very much enjoyed this local institution....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                i hope it does make way for another coffee shop, thai resto or sushi joint....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                my little poland is becoming much smaller.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                sad, sad news

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ingloriouseater

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What?!?! Wow. That is a real shock!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Do you know what the reason is? It's always busy when I go there, or pass by.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Lazar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Toronto Life has some details:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Not really a closing per se, but it looks like the Harvest Wagon on Eglinton is now called Fresh Harvest Fine Foods. A change in ownership I assume? At any rate there you go...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also, across the street Okko Fine Foods is now gone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. My sister and I went to organic big burger on brownsline today(dec 26) and it is all papered up with a sign saying opening soon OBQ.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Does anyone know if organic big burger is gone and this is a new place going in or are they just remodelling?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ninja5ca

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Not sure, but just looked at their website and it says another location coming soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.organicbigburger.com/conta...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Belinis in Yorkville closed about a month ago after over 25 Years

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere--it looks like Bluestone Bistro in Markham closed in October. Too bad, was hoping to try their brunch on New Year's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: estrelas

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Wow, they've been there forever. Too bad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. From another thread, http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/825670
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          it appears that El Jacal restaurant building has closed. (Bloor and Dufferin, Mexican) although catering may be still viable...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Honey's Beestro at Avenue and Lawrence has closed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: rationallawyer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ha to go there after playing ultimate and it was horr-awful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Sadly, Richman's Bakery has closed. It's a bad week for independent bakeries in the City of Toronto.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: rationallawyer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Richman's closed?? Really??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: rationallawyer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  What other bakeries closed this week?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Granowska's (sp?) the Polish bakery on Roncesvales.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: rationallawyer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Right.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Davisville Diner on Yonge Street. Closed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: letrell

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Garlic Pepper- Yonge & Wellesley closed. Double storefront and not enough dine in. Too bad. It was yummy.