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Jul 4, 2011 03:01 PM

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: 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:

        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.