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House of Chan Affected by Subway Plans

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  1. I'm sorry to see this, yet another 'childhood' memory down the tube along with the late lamented China House...'tho we hadn't been in years, it was just such 'part' of us who grew up in the neighbourhood.....oh well

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    1. re: pearlD

      Any update on the closure / relocation? An updated story in the Star, http://tinyurl.com/bd64vou states the expropriation won't take place until 2015. I drove by it today and there's a sign in the window of the door that says "Closed" along with some other info that I couldn't make out.


      1. re: Brain of J

        Closed for Passover...tonight and tomorrow night...not closed for business.

    2. What's stopping them form moving somewhere nearby?

      1. This headline is very misleading unless you know more than what that article portrays.

        Nothing suggests they are closing anytime soon given the 10 years to build the subway line.
        Nothng says they aren't moving next door.

        Do you have other information besides this article or is this just a bit dramatic?


        1. I think the proprietors of House of Chan would be very displeased to read this title and the comment, 'end of an era'. It is truly misleading.

          Fortunately for us, justsayn took the time to carefully read the article and alert us of its factual details.

          1. they're apparently MOVING in 18 months. I was told this info from someone who would be in the know.

            take that as you like.

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            1. re: atomeyes

              Moving sounds definitely better than closing. I just ate there for the first time last month and bumped into one of the waiters who I used to know 10 yrs ago.

                1. re: justsayn

                  keep in mind that there's moving and then there's "moving", just like there's renos and then there are "renos" where the restaurant never sees the light of day.

                  1. re: atomeyes

                    For sure. Many factors at work. They would be able to sell the brand if they opted to close. A marketing crime if they chose to throw their name away with the location.

              1. We've changed the title to reflect further information in this thread.

                1. I thought the owner of House of Chan sold the land to a condo developer? Am I misremembering an entire thread about this?

                  Edited: Never mind -- I was thinking of China House.

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                  1. re: TorontoJo

                    For those of us considering going over the holidays:

                    Hours on Christmas Eve is from 4:30pm-11:30pm and on New Year's Eve it's 4:30-12:00am

                  2. Wow, sad to hear that House of Chan is disappearing... what a big part of the city's history going away - I hope they really do relocate. Sarah Musgrave (who writes the annual EnRoute Canada's 10 best new restaurants reviews) recently wrote several cool articles in the Montreal Gazette documenting some of the history of Chinese-Canadian (Can-Chi) restaurants and how they are disappearing, though one new Chinese restaurant in Montreal recently opened on the famous Ruby Foo's property with a section of their menu dedicated to authentic Can-Chi items from Ruby Foo's chefs. Are there other good Can-Chi restaurants in Toronto?

                    Here are the links to the articles:




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                    1. re: wolfieblack

                      Well, like you said, I hope it's just the building that's disappearing and that they will relocate.

                      1. re: wolfieblack


                        I don't know if you know, or even care to know, but the owners of House of Chan are not even Chinese-Canadian. Not even Asian. A long time ago, they were.

                        1. re: Aleta

                          I believe it is the style of cuisine he is referring to, not the ethnic/origin of the operators...

                          1. re: justsayn

                            I thought the place was a steakhouse.