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New on Queen East??? - Ruby Eats, Tavern, Olive & Olive

Hi All,

I noticed a handful of new foodie places that have recently opened or are about to open on my streetcar ride along Queen St East.

Anyone have any details/info on them?

Ruby Eats - Queen E/Broadview area
Olive and Olives (?) - Queen E/Degrassi area
Tavern (?) - Queen E/Caroline area

Any other news on new places opening soon?

Thanks! :)

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  1. - Le Canard Mort has just opened in the Barrio space.
    - Goods & Provisions will open at 1124 Queen St. East according to the liquor licence.
    - One more raw/vegan place further East, I thnk.
    - That new cupcake/bakery place a few doors West of Ruby Eats

    ...and waiting to see what crops up in The Foodist Market space.

    Two shots of Olive & Olives: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjvhspKu The interior is really nice though. Wouldn't let me shoot, sadly. The canned anchovy olives are only so-so. Too soft for my taste. Wanted garlic-stuffed, but they didn't yet have 'em. Will go back and see at some point.

    booming! again.

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    1. re: jlunar

      Do you have a name or any other info on this raw/vegan place?


      1. re: ylsf

        Belmonte Raw: http://belmonteraw.com

        It's raw food and a juice bar, from what I understand. No idea of an ETA, except that the buzz on their Twitter account @BelmonteRaw suggests it's imminent.

    2. Le Matin by Jean-Pierre Challet (from Ici Bistro, The Fifth etc) located at 1560 Queen St East
      Saw it listed on the leslieville farmers website saying the produce Bread and croissants but the Website is under construction so I dont know if it is up and running or what...

      1. Ruby Watchco opened more than a year ago..

        Ruby Watchco
        730 Queen St E, Toronto, ON , CA

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        1. re: iMarilyn

          There's actually a new space, called Ruby Eats opening on the corner where the shop Ring(?) used to be. Take-out or prepared foods, I imagine. It's open now, though, I think.

          1. re: jlunar

            Ooop. Papers are still up at Ruby Eats.

            1. re: jlunar

              Wow, this area is really heating up!!! Drove around today and couldn't believe all the work in progress and new shops abound. Must get out and do some foot patrol to really check things out.

        2. At the southwest corner of Queen E. and Caroline, where the framing shop used to be, there's a liquor application posted for what I assume will be an Italian place. Can't recall the name, but there was "Enoteca" in there.

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          1. re: TheGloaming

            There is a place called Ascari Enoteca opening.. but its not in the same place as you mentioned.


            1. re: Kassi22

              Yup, we're talking about the same place. 1111 Queen E. is at the S/W corner of Queen and Caroline. Thanks for the link!

              1. re: TheGloaming

                This is a new pasta/wine bar by the Table 17 owners. Supposed to open soon!

                Table 17
                782 Queen St. East, Toronto, ON M4M 1H4, CA

            2. re: TheGloaming

              Actually... I believe this is the same place... I just looked at a map :)

            3. I went to Olive & Olives and was impressed. The service was very relaxed and attentive, samples freely given in form of small shots (I'm speaking of the olive oil and the balsamic). Tasting pure really gave us a sense of the product, we ended up switching what we had originally picked as a result of being able to taste a variety. True we ended up with more expensive oil and balsamic but we make a snack of it with fresh bread and some dukha we also bought there. Very happy snacks, puts the savour in savoury.
              The oil is from family estate harvested in Spain tastes sweet upfront, grassy and a little bitterness after. Called Cortija de Suerte Alta ($29.95)

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              1. re: tearingmonkey

                Olive & Olives is an offshoot of a Montreal store of the same name that's been around for a few years. Their focus is on showcasing high-end olive oils, primarily Spanish (in my opinion, the most flavourful region for olive oil). I've been into the Toronto location once and chatted with the owner, Mia, who seems very nice and determined to make the place as big a success here as it is in Montreal. They have a cooking space in the back where they're planning to hold product tastings and food demonstrations from time to time.

                1. re: TOFoodFan

                  Took a look at the prices of familiar products a couple of months back and I walked back out. BTW, Costco also sells Olive & Olives products.

              2. Noticed this new place tonight too. I just found their website and it's owed by Chef Lynn Crawford and Sherie Stinson who both star in Restaurant MakeOver. http://www.rubyeats.com/blog/

                Also anticipating what will replace Food Market.. I enjoyed their products but found the owner to be lacking in a friendly attitude.

                I've also noticed Tavern and was surprised that another drink/eats spot was opening so close to places like Leslie Jones, etc.

                Loving Leslieville/Riverdale!! Such great 'hoods :


                Leslie Jones
                1182 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1L4, CA

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                1. re: jurbanski

                  Ruby Eats opened yesterday. We dropped in today. Nice little shop - she has some produce, oils, salts, honeys and a few salads ready to go, burrata cheese, dry pasta....and some kitchen ware too.

                  Cherie and Chef Lynn were both working away. Chef did a pasta demo while we were there. She pulled someone from the audience to help her out. Kind of a nice touch.

                  1. re: millygirl

                    Nice place. Her dried and candied olives were a new experience for me and a REAL treat!

                    1. re: justsayn

                      Yes Yes yes!!!
                      CANDIES OLIVES! If you haven't tried them yet, get yer butt to Ruby Eats. I am addicted to them!

                    2. re: millygirl

                      I bought some compound butters and honey on Sat and the butters were a big hit. Great addition to the hood.

                      1. re: millygirl

                        Dropped by Ruby Eats this evening and found it to be a warm, welcoming space - not too sparse (my pet peeve with some food shops). The produce (select fruits and vegetables) was jewel-like and there was an interesting variety of goods. Kitchenware included some tools used regularly at the restaurant (so explained the helpful staff member). I want to go back and pick up a few of the tiny, perfect pale green apples and a Japanese mandoline!

                        Bonus: they're open until 8:30 p.m. during the week. I can go after work!

                        1. re: ruminant

                          RUby Eats has some amazing homemade jams, I've had the peach & apricot, both excellent. Also the crAnberry sauce was a hit at thanksgiving!

                    3. Ruby eats - excellent local, sustainable food store. Also, cooking demos are great. They take all produce from store itself, as if they were shopping, then bringing food home to cook. Clever idea!

                      Eadry Foods: Try their chipotle chicken sandwich - very tasty/fresh.

                      Goods and Provisions: Still waiting for my first visit, but I went by it yesterday and it was already packed - on 2nd day or opening...good sign!

                      Le Canard Mort - Very good, authentic, moderately priced french food. Been there a few times for dinner. They are no also open fo brunch sat. sun!

                      Have fun dining in the east my friends!

                      1. There is a cute little shop called Empire the Collection on the south side of Queen just east of Broadview which carries a wide variety of British products. Delightful for a quick browse!


                        "Empire the Collection is home to all things British including pillows, pottery and food."

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                        1. re: ruminant

                          Yeah we're regulars at this shop. Prawn crisps, bitter lemon soda, and so on. Love it.

                        2. The Commissary, coming soon to the southeast corner of Queen and Logan (in the old Sophie space). Judging by the look of the website, could it be a concept similar to Goods & Provisions?