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Dec 31, 2011 09:11 PM

2012 Food and Restaurant CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Another year, another thread. Best wishes to everyone, and let's hope that all the good spots stay financially sound in 2012. Anybody want to open a Mayan restaurant?

Up for sale, apparently, is Coco Lezzone (College Street) -- again.

Also up for sale is Niagara Street Cafe, with a new 10 year lease available.

In the same category are Rosebud (Queen St W), Il Re Trattoria (King St E) and Piazzette Trattoria (Eglinton West).

Do let Chowhound know what you see and hear.


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  1. In terms of Niagara Street apparently Dec 31 was Nick Lui's last shift as the chef. Sold or not there are already changes happening.

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    1. re: bytepusher

      Yes, I was going to post about this - Nick Liu's done w/NSC (according to Had some good meals at NSC, and recently too. Will follow Nick and see where he goes.

      1. re: jlunar

        I read that House of Chan on Eglinton will close to make way for the new Bathurst Station. It should reopen in a new location within 18 months or so. Assuming that it reopens at all after that huge a hiatus, it will be refreshing to see them in an updated space. The current location was in dire need of a facelift.

        1. re: 1sweetpea

          I don't think it is known that House of Chan is planning to remain closed for 18 months. They need to vacate to make way but nothing I have seen indicates they won't simply move into new quarters immediately upon closing. Either way, it is likely months away from happening. Have you heard something specific about their plans? It would be great to know!

          1. re: justsayn

            Actually, the only reason I made such a bold statement is that I read about the 18-month closure period in an article I found online, right after I learned about the closure on Chowhound. I can't find that article now, so it's possible the article has been pulled for the inaccuracy. Whatever the case, my understanding is that the House of Chan is planning to reopen at some point, albeit in a new location. My family regards it as a Forest Hill institution. We almost never ate "Chinese" food there, but regarded it as a surf and turf steakhouse with a laughably bad wine list, but with fine steaks, lobster and stone crab (at certain times of the year). They've made gobs of money over the years, so if they never reopen, I'm quite sure the owners will retire comfortably.

          2. re: 1sweetpea

            I was at House of Chan a few weeks ago and talked to the owner about it. At that time, they still hadn't decided what to do, since they didn't have any details about how appropriation or compensation (if any) would work.

            As an amusing anecdote, he was complaining about having heard of this so suddenly in recent weeks, with most details coming from concerned patrons instead of the TTC/City.

            1. re: Underdog Rally

              This is a total shot in the dark, but does anyone know if the Toronto House of Chan was in any way related to New York's old House of Chan - and its successor restaurant Keewah Yen? Both were favorites of my family over three generations and since Keewah Yen closed its midtown NYC location a few years ago, we haven't been able to find the same Cantonese anywhere. I'm assuming they are unrelated, but if anyone knows...

              1. re: nseton

                I can't imagine they are related, the Toronto House of Chan has been owned by the same Jewish family since it opened in 1956 and has always had a westernized Chinese menu.

          3. re: jlunar

            Saw a notice on dundas w a few doors east from Campagnolo that said something about foreign devil and Nick Liu. Assuming this has to do with his new restaurant Gwai Lo? If so that's be an awesome addition to the neighborhood!

        2. Organic big burger on brownsline in etobicoke is closed,a new burger place is opening in its place.
          Organic big burger is moving somewhere downtown location to be announced.
          That is all they told me in their reply to my email.

          1. Segar (1568 Bayview) and Red Moose Bar and Grill (1910 Queen East), and the White Swan (Danforth and Pape) -- all are apparently up for sale.

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            1. re: Dean Tudor

              What restaurant isn't theoretically for sale?

              1. re: iMarilyn

                True but there's a difference between that and when there's actually a MLS listing or other formal for sale notice.

                That said I really don't think we necessarily need to be reporting for sale notices here.

              2. re: Dean Tudor

                White Swan? Where the heck is that? Never heard or seen the place. Must look closer.

              3. Rosebud? Didn't that close years ago?

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                1. re: TorontoJo

                  it's been chugging along staying open but changed hands a while ago.

                  1. re: pinstripeprincess

                    Ah thanks. I guess I was thinking it closed when Rod Bowers left.

                2. Not a restaurant but it gets mentioned here occasionally and is food related. Apparently Barbara Ackerman has decided to close "The Cooks Place" cookware store on Danforth.