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House of Chan Affected by Subway Plans

toronto guy Dec 9, 2011 10:35 PM

The end of an era



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    pearlD RE: toronto guy Dec 10, 2011 07:46 AM

    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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      Brain of J RE: pearlD Mar 24, 2013 06:03 PM

      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.


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        robb RE: Brain of J Mar 25, 2013 06:21 AM

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

    2. iMarilyn RE: toronto guy Dec 10, 2011 11:00 AM

      What's stopping them form moving somewhere nearby?

      1. justsayn RE: toronto guy Dec 10, 2011 11:10 AM

        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?


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          Aleta RE: toronto guy Dec 10, 2011 07:28 PM

          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. atomeyes RE: toronto guy Dec 11, 2011 05:39 AM

            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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              Aleta RE: atomeyes Dec 11, 2011 10:42 AM

              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.

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                justsayn RE: atomeyes Dec 11, 2011 11:50 AM

                Thanks for sharing that.

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                  atomeyes RE: justsayn Dec 11, 2011 03:40 PM

                  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.

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                    justsayn RE: atomeyes Dec 11, 2011 03:58 PM

                    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.

              2. The Chowhound Team RE: toronto guy Dec 11, 2011 04:46 PM

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

                1. TorontoJo RE: toronto guy Dec 11, 2011 05:17 PM

                  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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                    Brain of J RE: TorontoJo Dec 12, 2011 09:28 AM

                    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

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                    wolfieblack RE: toronto guy Dec 12, 2011 08:51 PM

                    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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                      Brain of J RE: wolfieblack Dec 13, 2011 03:32 PM

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

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                        Aleta RE: wolfieblack Dec 14, 2011 06:06 AM


                        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.

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                          justsayn RE: Aleta Dec 14, 2011 05:27 PM

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

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                            iMarilyn RE: justsayn Dec 14, 2011 05:43 PM

                            I thought the place was a steakhouse.

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                              justsayn RE: iMarilyn Dec 14, 2011 05:47 PM


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