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What's happening at 971 Ossington (near Hallam)?

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I've driven by this spot for the past few weeks, and it looks like someone's done quite a nice renovation on this space. I recently saw a bunch of tables and chairs in the window, so I'm assuming that it's going to be a restaurant. Does anyone know anything more about this space, e.g. what kind of restaurant, when does it open, who is associated with it?

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  1. It's right near my house so I asked one of the construction guys. He said that it will be a Portuguese resto but I don't have any details.

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    1. re: acd123

      As I recall the licence notice in the Star - always a good hint of what's to come in these cases - said it'll be a resto called the Action Lite (sounds dinerish) and it'll be licensed. Quite welcome in the neighbourhood, whatever it is.

      1. re: newsrim

        kind of a weird name, no?

        1. re: acd123

          Not sure what the rules are, but I think the operators aren't obliged to stick by the listed name. At any rate, I think it'll be open soon; eatravel's right, they'd done a lot of work before the garbage bags went up covering the windows.

          1. re: newsrim

            The plastic on the windows came down this week - and it looks like they are getting very close to opening. Anybody have an update?

            1. re: pelliottharris

              There was some kind of a preview night earlier this week - people being served inside and everything - so it's getting close. I think there's a notice in the window so I'll have to check that out. Wow, I feel like a stalker. Also, my girlfriend suggests the name of the place, contrary to the licence notice, may be Actinolite.

              1. re: newsrim

                What is in a name!! I think it is called Aconite!
                They are waiting for a liquor licence to come through before opening, which they hope will be shortly. They have no web page. They intend to serve locally grown food with menu changing accordingly. They come from somewhere in North Ontario.

                1. re: AzulH

                  I was wrong. Newsrim's girlfriend was right.
                  The place will be called "Actinolite" after the Northern Ontario settlement from whence the husband-and-wife owners come. (Actinolite is an asbestos like mineral which is a mined at the town).
                  They are now planning to open in mid-March. The menu will be fairly simple with a selection of approximately 5 starters and 5 mains based on local produce.
                  If it passes muster, then I will try and organise a Chowhound meet there.

                  1. re: AzulH

                    Corey Mintz of the Star weighs in: apparently a former chef at Susur's behind it and it should open in a few weeks:
                    http://www.toronto.com/blog/post/7149...

                    1. re: newsrim

                      exciting! it feels like years and years that that building has been in the renovation process, waiting for something to happen. great to have another addition in the area.

                      1. re: smartygirl

                        It apparently has been years, the chef doing much of the work himself whenever he had time and money to work on it. Most recent delays have been because the chef and his wife have been busy lately as they have been involved behind the scenes in Top Chef Canada 2, some of the reports of soft openings/private dinners etc in the past may in fact have been filming for the show.

                        1. re: bytepusher

                          It's been at least 4 years, if you look up the address on Google Maps you can see that work was being done outside in 2008!
                          http://g.co/maps/kqdwv

                    2. re: AzulH

                      is it mid-march yet? drove by this evening, and they do have the name in the window, but the garbage bags are still up. they also have a facebook page now, but nothing there, really http://www.facebook.com/ActinoliteRes...

      2. the garbage bags are down, they are opening weds 28 march! hours are tuesday through saturday, 6 till 10 or 11.

        1. and they will take reservations for up to 15, the rest (I guess about another 15 ) they keep open for local walk-ins.

          www.actinoliterestaurant.com (Doesn't appear to have any info yet)

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          1. re: AzulH

            looks like a domain squatter to me!

          2. Article in Post City, looks terrific:

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

            1. This place looks good, I'm already reading 5 star reviews elsewhere even though they JUST opened.

              I called to make a group reservation for Easter weekend (my birthday!) but unfortunately they are closed that weekend for the holiday :(