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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 http://guestlistapp.com/events/83649). 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.

                  1. I just discovered that Asian Food Market on Keele has closed. This was my go-to location for East Indian groceries. Does anyone know if they have relocated and if so, where?

                    1. forte bistro and sushi on richmond street is closed

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                      1. re: ingloriouseater

                        Is that the one across from the Four Season Centre? Just double checking, since their website is still up?

                        1. re: FrenchSoda

                          it closed last christmas and ninki izakaya is close to opening this week.

                          1. re: ingloriouseater

                            Thanks. I (obviously!) haven't been to that area of town in quite a while. Is ninki izakaya opening in that location, then?

                              1. re: ingloriouseater

                                Thanks. I'll be sad to miss the French Onion Soup dumplings, but the bf adores sushi above all things, so maybe we'll try that before the ballet.

                                1. re: FrenchSoda

                                  Has anyone been to ninki izakaya yet? I'm looking for an option for a nice dinner before the ballet. I don't know that part of town well.

                      2. Garlic Pepper at Yonge and Wellesley has been vacated, with "For Sale" signs in the window.

                        Also, Biscotti on Bay Street just North of Wellesley shuttered and turned into "Portobello" overnight. I don't see a huge difference.

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                        1. re: rationallawyer

                          Have any restaurants ever closed just before Winter/Summerlicious? It seems to me that a few did a couple of years ago. They were still listed on the Toronto website, but the link was closed.

                        2. The Real Jerk is forced by new landlord to close at Queen and Broadview at the end of January; owners looking for a new location in Leslieville. but probably cannot get rolling by Feb 1. Details at

                          http://www.blogto.com/deadpool/2012/0...

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                          1. re: Dean Tudor

                            Isn't there a second Real Jerk in Woodbridge?

                            1. re: Dean Tudor

                              Just thought I would update this for down the road....The Real Jerk will continue in the old location for up to one year, if they don't move to a new location beforehand.

                            2. Bacco Restaurant, 113 Yorkville Ave. closed on Sunday

                              1. Bohemian Gastropub is changing to Lucid Cocktail and Kitchen.

                                1. Output restaurant hidden in the office building at 2180 Yonge St. has changed ownership and is no longer doing their sublime, twice monthly Caribbean breakfast. They are continuing to offer West Indian dishes though.

                                  1. There was an article in the Star, reminding me that Casa Mendoza closed on New year's Day, so that makes it a 2012 entry. They just had an auction.

                                    In the same article, an architect noted that Casa Mendoza and The Real Jerk (which is closing) are both on the Queen Street car line, so it might be a last chance to re-visit and look at the sites.

                                    1. Cinquecento Trattoria shuts down

                                      After selling off the King St. W. location of Cafe Cinquecento in 2011, the owners of the remaining Cinquecento Trattoria location in Liberty Village (109 Atlantic Ave.) announced via Facebook on Friday that they have closed their doors.

                                      Citing the economy, a competitive market and the still under-construction Liberty Village neighbourhood, owner Lili Mancini thanked her loyal customers and didn't rule out opening another restaurant in the future.
                                      http://www.toronto.com/blog/wordofmouth

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                                      1. re: gregoryyyz

                                        Liberty village was considered a sexy address (thuet) and an up an coming hood. It is now getting a terrible reputation as a restaurant killer. High rents, low average checks, mediocre food and questionable service don't make for successful restaurants.

                                      2. I'm not 100% sure when exactly they closed, but I Feel Like Crepe (West of College & Bathurst) closed and in its place are signs saying that Playful Grounds is opening up: http://www.playfulgrounds.com/

                                        1. Sharkey's World Fusion at Kennedy and Bloor in Bloor West Village has closed, and now called Kennedy Public House after remoddeling...new owners? I do not know..

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                                          1. re: Dean Tudor

                                            The owners split up. One of the original owners is still there.

                                            1. re: LexiFirefly

                                              sorry i was trying to correct a mistake I thought i made earlier and can't figure out how to delete what i wrote in here. please ignore.

                                          2. Green Fusion @ 403 Yonge has closed and there is signage that it will be a Japanese placed called Eki Bento.

                                            1. Apparently Bistro 990 will close sometime in the not to distant future, the property has been sold and a condo will rise on the site but no final date for the restaurant has been set yet.

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                                              1. Ichimi Sushi (corner of Edward and Bay) was completely dark and empty. (It may have been empty for a while now.) No sign of what will go in its place.

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                                                1. re: bluefirefly

                                                  That's very sad! I used to go there once a week every week until I moved far from the area. The owner was so nice. I did notice a decline in quality the last time I stopped by with an increase in prices.

                                                  1. re: LTL

                                                    Beijing Dumplings has now opened in its place.

                                                2. Is Inigo to be considered closed? I went by today and the windows were papered over.

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                                                  1. Prauge is for sale...I wonder if Susur will take it over as it is one of his fave places to go...

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                                                    1. re: ingloriouseater

                                                      Do you mean The Prague on Queen West?

                                                      I hope nothing changes... I love that place.

                                                        1. re: baabaablacksheep

                                                          How do you find out these restaurants are for sale? Are you guys just looking at mls listings? Is there an easier way to find restaurants for sale in Toronto?

                                                            1. re: foodyDudey

                                                              Tonight on twitter L.A.B. announced that they have closed as of tonight, they will do one more service on Thursday, a family style thank you dinner for their regulars. Apparently they had hoped to make it work for a couple more months but they had "critical staff" walk out tonight so they have no choice but to close immediately....

                                                              1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                Thanks, I was just curious if people are looking at MLS listings just to see what is closing so they can post up here. I guess people may run across them as they look for other things during work as well.

                                                          1. Gill at Yonge and St. Clair has closed. It's a dumpling shop now.

                                                            1. The owners of The Queen and Beaver are taking over the space in Yorkville previously held by Courtyard Restaurant. Plans are to open The Oxley in April.

                                                              1. Mitzi's on college is closed.

                                                                1. Gusto 101 on Portland is now open.

                                                                  1. I noticed that Leslieville Cheese Market is moving into East York, across the street from Fresh from The Farm!

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                                                                    1. re: eller

                                                                      Wow, I like this news....good scoop eller. So it's not a 2nd location, they're moving huh?
                                                                      I bet some won't be happy but I am. Better parking.

                                                                      1. re: millygirl

                                                                        I believe that they actually have three current locations (Queen E, Queen W and up north in Flesherton) so I'm wondering if this is a re-location or a fourth outlet?

                                                                        http://leslievillecheese.com/#eastwes...

                                                                        1. re: millygirl

                                                                          While I said 'moving' I should have said 'coming', I guess. Opening date is March 15th if I'm not mistaken.

                                                                          I hope they do well. That strip is home to some strange businesses (the butcher for one) and I'm looking forward to seeing them in the 'hood.

                                                                        2. re: eller

                                                                          Which location is moving? I assume the Queen East store?

                                                                        3. Passed by Le Rossignol on the streetcar this morning and was surprised to see a big, round sign on the window saying Toucan Taco Bar, complete with a picture of a toucan.

                                                                          According to Le Rossignol's website, they've "moved in" with Le Canard Mort (same owners) and are looking for a new space.

                                                                          1. Simply Mexican has finally closed on Yonge St. south of St. Clair.
                                                                            Non-payment of rent.

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                                                                            1. re: estufarian

                                                                              walked by the other night and it looked open -- people seemed to be inside eating.

                                                                              1. re: autopi

                                                                                Indeed it has re-opened.
                                                                                I actually read the landlord notice as I was walking by; only the March rent was shown as past due - I guess they paid up.

                                                                                1. re: estufarian

                                                                                  And it's closed again - a notice on the door says non-payment of rent.
                                                                                  When it re-opened the last time, it had a new management sign on the door - not sure if this was a new sign or not.

                                                                                    1. re: estufarian

                                                                                      And it reopened again - and just closed for the third time!
                                                                                      Again, non-payment of rent.
                                                                                      Will it or won't it come up for a fourth time.......?

                                                                                      1. re: estufarian

                                                                                        Yes - it's back again - same name, new menu.
                                                                                        Fourth time around.
                                                                                        Any bids on 5?

                                                                                        1. re: estufarian

                                                                                          It's gone for good. An all day breakfast place opening in the space. Called Sunny Morning(s?) I believe.

                                                                            2. Anyone hoping to try a Taste of Tandooree at Queen and Dufferin is now out of luck. (Or maybe lucky, depending on how you see things.)

                                                                              1. Bar-10-der at Donlands and O'Connor is gone.

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                                                                                1. re: mariecollins

                                                                                  No surprise there. Hate to judge but that place looked odd.

                                                                                  1. re: millygirl

                                                                                    It was very odd. I thought it was Coffee Time's attempt to break into the bar market. So that makes it okay to judge :) The egg place next door is also Coffee Time I think...

                                                                                  2. re: mariecollins

                                                                                    Never saw anyone enter the place since it opened although I assume some did. Bad location across the road from an established tavern.

                                                                                  3. Filo Estiatorio has closed, and The Greek Grill has relocated from the Danforth in Filo's former space, at 128 O'Connor.

                                                                                    -----
                                                                                    The Greek Grill
                                                                                    128 O'Connor, Toronto, ON , CA

                                                                                    The Greek Grill
                                                                                    568 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1R1, CA

                                                                                    1. "Breakfasts" on Charles just east of Bay died quickly and seems to be in the process of renaming itself as "Slab Burger" New signs on the outside but the window stickers and internal stor signage still say "Breakfasts" including the wall menu which still mostly lists breakkfast items...

                                                                                      1. LAB (or L.A.B. ) on College is now closed. Saw an article in Now Magazine yesterday about it. Said the last service was March 15th. Didn't surprise me too much since it wasn't all that busy the last few times I went (i.e. only table or one other couple on a weekend night).

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                                                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                                                          I already mentioned this on Sunday in 2 posts, one in this thread, and bytepusher also mentioned it.

                                                                                          1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                            Ah, it got buried in responses to another thread vs. as a response to the original post (shows up differently). And the original "for sale" mention didn't say the name of the restaurant so you wouldn' t know unless you clicked through but regardless thanks for spotting it earlier. I did search through the thread for new posts since last time I read the thread..

                                                                                        2. Il Re on King Street East has closed. Unfortunately, the Pita Land that was on the south side of King, just east of Sherbourne, is taking the space.

                                                                                          1. Reither's Fine Food on Church/Wellesley has closed due to retirement.

                                                                                            This is a real loss for this area. :(

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                                                                                            1. re: magic

                                                                                              I was going to post about this too... but I wonder more if it had to do with the large Loblaws so close by as part of the reason.

                                                                                              1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                I have my doubts as to whether Loblaws contributed to its closing, but that's based on my thoughts alone - nothing concrete. But who knows, could be. I expressed my doubts on another thread as well (as your point had been raised there as well) only to have it removed my the mods for some unclear reason.

                                                                                            2. a spot called burger press is opening up south of queen on bathurst. it's a tiny spot that used to be a cafe then turned into some kinda spa treatment place so it's definitely going to be take-out only. wondering if it's a play on smash burgers... no idea when it'll be ready to go.

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                                                                                              1. re: pinstripeprincess

                                                                                                Thanks for the heads-up. I can keep an eye on that spot. I know exactly which spot you mean XD I just don't usually walk around that way!

                                                                                              2. Gezunt Bite at Bathurst & St. Clair is papered over. Now the last vestiges of Open Window in the area are gone.

                                                                                                1. what's happened with king's noodle on spadina? not been open for business for quite awhile now..

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                                                                                                  1. re: helenhelen

                                                                                                    i was just there last week? on friday. everything seemed to be running normally.

                                                                                                      1. re: helenhelen

                                                                                                        Maybe you were by there on a Wednesday? That's the one day a week they are closed.

                                                                                                  2. I noticed Arepiando on Dufferin (south of Lawrence) is now called Tostada Grill.

                                                                                                    Has anyone else noticed this? Is this just a new name? New owners?

                                                                                                    I hope it's just a different name. Arepiando has (had?) great arepas and very sweet owners.....

                                                                                                    Anyone?

                                                                                                    1. Il Fornello @ Queens Quay Terminal supposedly closed suddenly in January.

                                                                                                      1. Le Petit Gourmet on Yonge near Rosedale station is closed for renovations.

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                                                                                                        1. re: Frids

                                                                                                          The sign in their window said three weeks ago that they'd be closed for a week... Let's hope they reopen soon. I love what they do.

                                                                                                          1. re: eller

                                                                                                            Agreed. Their gateau basque are so good. Crossing my fingers.

                                                                                                          2. It appears that my local hole-in-the wall Chinese takeout, Donlands Garden has closed. According to other shop keepers in the area, the business was sold recently but nobody knows what's going in next. Has anyone got any other info?

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                                                                                                            1. re: eller

                                                                                                              It's looked dead each time I pass by as I go to Fresh from the Farm. I don't think they cleaned the windows once in the last 5 years.

                                                                                                            2. Looks like another Ginger has opened, this time beside the Little House of Kebabs on Yonge St. at Elm downtown. It replaces the Japanese restaurant, Mariko.

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                                                                                                              1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                Blue sign Ginger or green sign Ginger? And is there a difference between the blue and green sign Gingers? I've only ever been to blue.

                                                                                                                1. re: ggom1

                                                                                                                  Actually white, but it is lit from beneath so it changes colour. I didn't stick around to watch it rotate through, but I think there was blue. Someone else may be able to speak to differences between the colours of the signs, but as far as I can tell, the stylized font is the same as the other Gingers and is probably run by the same owners/franchise or else they've got a lawsuit waiting to happen.

                                                                                                              2. 'Jun Jun' aka Chicken & Noodle House. One of Toronto's best Won-ton noodle place. RIP!!

                                                                                                                1. As of April 10, the RBC Plaza Food Court location of Sandwich Box is closed, due to non-payment of rent. Saw the notice myself yesterday morning.

                                                                                                                  And no, I have absolutely no idea if this closure extends to any other Sandwich Box location.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: yag326

                                                                                                                    Just called the Bay Street location of Sandwich Box and they're still open.

                                                                                                                  2. Il Fornello down at Queens Quay has closed.
                                                                                                                    The Bowery at 55 Colborne is gone - in its place is Osteria 55.

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                                                                                                                    1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                      Tried Osteria 55 the menu is rustic Italian it was very good all fresh Italian noodles. This place is going to be packed, will try them for lunch to see if they were really that good or not.

                                                                                                                      1. re: foodstar1977

                                                                                                                        Thanks for sharing, foodstar1977! Sounds like it may be worth a try, especially with house made pasta!

                                                                                                                    2. Fuzion Restaurant and Lounge in the village has become the Vic Public House, another pub in the area. Not sad to see it go since I thought they were way overpriced for what was only mediocre food. Nice space though.

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                                                                                                                      1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                        same owners as before who also own o'grady's on church

                                                                                                                      2. Bosna Cevap and Burek appears to be closed

                                                                                                                        1. Laila's, the smallish Middle Eastern joint on the south side of Bloor St. W, near Lee's Palace has a For Lease sign in the window. I found that out today the hard way when my husband and I went down for our semi-annual sandwich and chess game. A shame because the owner made a mean eggplant sandwich; i very much enjoyed the tahini sauce he added to everything and ate plenty of them during my recent pregnancy. I will miss Laila's very much. :(

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                                                                                                                          1. re: 26Marushka

                                                                                                                            And I do correct myself. It was simply called - Laila

                                                                                                                            1. re: 26Marushka

                                                                                                                              It's actually a "Leased" sign in the window. The space has been empty for a few months, and they've found another tenant for the space. I don't know which one, but it is a chain restaurant, and if I had to GUESS, it's likely one of the Extreme Brandz - Mucho Burrito, Extreme Pita, etc.

                                                                                                                          2. Well, I was at a PFLAG event this evening and a new restaurant opening this summer had some of their offerings set out complimentary. They will be located at 417 Danforth Ave. The former DAVOS will be transformed this summer into a restaurant called 417 Four One Seven. Executive Chef Kai Zyganiuk. I think it will be a positive addition to the Danforth. They served some very good pasta this evening. Did not get an idea of when they were opening this summer however.

                                                                                                                            1. Frankly Eatery in Leslieville has closed. I'd been meaning to try it but never got around!

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                                                                                                                              1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                                That's too bad. We had a really tasty Indian inspired lunch there a couple of months ago. Sad go see them bo.

                                                                                                                                1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                                  Too bad! Only ate there once or twice, but we enjoyed it.

                                                                                                                                2. Peoples (the Diner on Dupont) has a Notice Of Distress from Landlord.
                                                                                                                                  This is (was) my longest serving go-to place in Toronto - and generations of U of T students will now mourn.
                                                                                                                                  I first went there when it was a 24-hour diner and one of the few places to dry out after a night of partying, but although my lifestyle has changed it has still been a regular breakfast place for me for close to 30 years.
                                                                                                                                  Now I have to update my Favourites.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                    was just coming by to report the same thing. no more jumburgers and jukeboxes! so sad.

                                                                                                                                  2. Hogtown Pub and Oysters is taking over the Auld Spot Pub at 633 College St.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                                      The partners who owned The Auld Spot have fallen out. Hogtown will still be owned by one half while the original Auld Spot on the Danforth will be owned by the other half.

                                                                                                                                    2. Miami Grill in Thornhill is no more.

                                                                                                                                      1. The Yonge & St Clair area has been seriously hit this month. Four places just south of St. Clair are 'making adjustments'

                                                                                                                                        Biggest loss is Senior's which closes 26 June - to be replaced by Hero Burger (presumably the one around the corner on St Clair will close) - after 51 years!!!

                                                                                                                                        The Mexican restaurant on the west side of Yonge, has 'failed to reopen' for the FOURTH time in the past couple of months.

                                                                                                                                        Salis Nudis (which opened less than 3 months ago) is papered over 'For Renovations'.

                                                                                                                                        And La Passione has also closed after 5 years of hard work but middling quality (at best).

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                          too bad about salis noodis. i only ate there once, and thought it showed promise -- and some badly needed initiative in a chow-challenged part of town.

                                                                                                                                          that mexican place is kind of funny. i'm tempted to try it if reopens just for kicks.

                                                                                                                                          have you tried pannier rouge, which opened across the street from holy chuck? looks like sandwiches and what not.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: autopi

                                                                                                                                            I had lunch at the Mexican place and it wasn't great -- I don't think it was awful but it was in no way memorable or worthy of a second visit.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                                                                                                                                              That Mexican place was awful! Not surprised at all that it closed again - and again - and again. The food was visually disgusting and didn't taste much better. Good riddance.

                                                                                                                                          2. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                            Okay, I was trying to stay out of this thread, but that does it. I just have to say that Senior's being replaced by a Hero Burger makes me put my head down in the crook of my arm and feel like sobbing. So, so sad when warmth is replaced by industrial garbage.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                              Yes, I thought of adding 'editorial comment' as well. Or perhaps a new thread.
                                                                                                                                              But I think the owner just wants to retire and got an offer 'he couldn't refuse'. It's the staff I feel sorry for.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                                He didn't get an offer "he couldn't refuse". The place had been listed for lease for at least six months. No one else wanted to touch it because of the hundreds of thousands of dollars in renovations needed.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: CarNut

                                                                                                                                                  I stand corrected. Does that mean he retains ownership of the building?

                                                                                                                                              2. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                Really too bad. Senior's was always the gem in the Yonge/St Clair area for me.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                  Hero has also opened in Forest Hill Village, on the corner where David's used to be (my go-to breakfast place when I lived in that neighbourhood). Such a disappointment -- it's a great corner that's now taken up by a bland not very good burger place.

                                                                                                                                              3. Anyone know what's going on with the new Wild Wing on Baldwin? Seemed just about ready to open, and now the sign is down and inside the restaurant with the lights out. It's also off the Wild Wing locations page (was "Coming Soon!" for months).

                                                                                                                                                1. South Of Temperance is closing down before the end of October as they are building an office building in its location.

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

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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                      They're not closing down - they're moving to the building currently under renovation at the corner of Temperance and Yonge St. Not sure why the owner didn't say this in the article. Their current location was a temporary spot from day one.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: CarNut

                                                                                                                                                        That's unfortunate. They have a great patio currently, but the food is worse than awful, IMO. Let me put it this way -- I'd rather eat at Earl's than South of Temporary

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: CocoaChanel

                                                                                                                                                          I agree. The food was questionable but that patio really is amazing.

                                                                                                                                                          And I see nothing wrong with the food at Earl's.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MeMeMe

                                                                                                                                                            There is nothing really wrong with the food (except I find it over salted), it's that the menu is so big, it's all just ok. I've had many a lunch there - it is fine, just no where I would go out of the way for.

                                                                                                                                                            :)

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MeMeMe

                                                                                                                                                              Ive heard that they're building the restaurant on the roof of the building, so they will still have an amazing patio.

                                                                                                                                                      2. Highway 61 at Bayview and Eglinton is closing, apparently.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Lazar

                                                                                                                                                              i think the winkeyeye clearly indicates that it was indeed sarcasm.

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: hal2010

                                                                                                                                                              While the food and service there weren't particularly great, it is a tragedy for the people whose livelihoods depended on Highway 61. Someone just lost thousands of dollars as a result.

                                                                                                                                                              I'd hate to have people making jokes at my expense if I just lost my livelihood.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sloweater

                                                                                                                                                                they should have made some food that wasn't absolutely terrible in every conceivable way then. my only experience there, just to give you an indication - the first thing i ordered was a 'home brewed iced tea' or whatever they were offering. the rest of my party got their drinks, the girl serving us says 'oh we just are in the middle of brewing up a fresh batch, just a few more minutes'. now this is questionable in the first place but i didn't say anything. ten minutes later, i receive what was unmistakably arizona green tea, straight out of a can, not even particularly cold. the waitress asked 'how's the tea' later on and it was all i could do to not laugh in her face. things did not get better from there.

                                                                                                                                                            3. re: atomeyes

                                                                                                                                                              Not surprised, it's been for sale for a while. I visited twice, weird service and bland meats.

                                                                                                                                                            4. I doubt any CH regular will admit to having dined there in at least a decade, but it is a landmark of sorts .... http://www.thestar.com/business/artic...

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: caviartothegeneral

                                                                                                                                                                To save a click for those that just want a summary - Captain John's has closed. City of Toronto cut off water and ordered them to move out by July 27th. Not sure if he has any more money to fight a legal battle over it.. Might be the end for good this time.

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                  He owes $500,000 in property taxes don't know what good a legal battle would do.. if you can't pay property tax in years then he should have closed years ago...

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ParkerQ

                                                                                                                                                                    I found the "poor me" act in the article a little rich. You fall half a million dollars behind, you can't possibly be surprised to be evicted.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ParkerQ

                                                                                                                                                                      I recalled reading an article where he was fighting the property taxes arguing that he was a "boat" and not a typical property and arguing about the values and rates/etc. Since he doesn't have an engine/etc it is a hard point to argue but my comment was just saying you really never know until it is all wrapped up.

                                                                                                                                                                      I am all for the eviction, don't get me wrong.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: caviartothegeneral

                                                                                                                                                                    Was there about 25 years ago. Only because some out of towner's insisted, and they were paying. I ordered a pasta dish. :)

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: caviartothegeneral

                                                                                                                                                                      The funniest chowhound comment ever. I'm still laughing five years later.

                                                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3612...

                                                                                                                                                                    2. And the Yonge/St Clair neighbourhood looses another restaurant. Harry's Social on St Clair has closed - it was never very busy and the sign says it is closed permanently.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MorseCat

                                                                                                                                                                        Not surprised at all. The food was mediocre at best. It's a huge space with decor that couldn't even compete with a mid-range chain. Unless the building is being purchased - didn't someone say that Hero Burger is moving in to where Seniors just left?

                                                                                                                                                                        I think since the head offices are being converted to condos....and ever since the theatres were demolished, Yonge and St. Clair has become less of a dining destination.

                                                                                                                                                                        ps - Divino on Yonge across from Capocaccia has also closed.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MeMeMe

                                                                                                                                                                          The space that was Divino has a letter that says the owners of Rodney by the Bay (not sure of the restaurant name) is opening an oyster bar once they renovate.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MorseCat

                                                                                                                                                                            That's very exciting news Rodney's By Bay Midtown. Fantastic.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MorseCat

                                                                                                                                                                              Not sure on the name...it's definatly not a Rodney's product. We know that one for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: rodneystoronto

                                                                                                                                                                                Oh I know. I remember that from the Rodney's By Bay start-up. As long as it has the same vibe and quality of that location, I don't think the association (or not) matters much. Good luck.

                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: MorseCat

                                                                                                                                                                            Not surprised -the prices were ridiculously high for the neighborhood.

                                                                                                                                                                          3. Zelda's on Yonge has closed due to a kitchen fire on the weekend. Sure the food wasn't the greatest but they had such fun activities and atmosphere...Such unfortunate timing with Pride around the corner. They won't be re-opening.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Harry's Social Kitchen at Yonge & St Clair closed now after only a few months, I miss the pub that was there before... Fionn MacCool.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JamieK

                                                                                                                                                                                By what reasoning Fionn MacCool was closed in favour of Harry's SK is beyond me. MacCool's was always jammed at lunch and cocktail hour, and frequently busy late into the evening, driven by live music, good food, friendly service and a reasonable price point. The food was not gourmet, but tasty - clearly suited the demand. Harry's was a dark desert almost from the beginning - higher prices, limited selection compared to MacCool's and not obviously inviting to such sidewalk traffic as exists in 'hood that empties quickly when offices close.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Bigtigger

                                                                                                                                                                                  A waitress at Fionn's told us before the closure that the owners didn't want to pay the licencing fees for the Fionn McCool name. Seems like someone got greedy, changed the direction of the restaurant and paid big time for such a stupid decision.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. Can confirm that Divino (at Yonge/Balmoral) is indeed shut down and there is a notice posted on the door saying the owners of Rodney's by Bay are opening up a new restaurant. Saw this article saying the new place will be called John & Sons.

                                                                                                                                                                                I think this is an exciting addition to the area and is a change from all the mediocre Italian and sushi places that are nearby. Hope it delivers though.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Cha Liu (aka Dim Sum Shop) that closed near Yonge and Eglinton last year has reopened as Cha Lau near Yonge and College. They do lovely, tiny little bites of dim sum. Glad to have them back!

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Another St. Clair & Yonge restaurant bites the dust. Il Fornello, at the corner of Yonge & Delisle is going bye bye on July 27. Word has it that the landlord jacked up the rent and the owners balked at renewing the lease. Soon there will be no where to eat in this neighbourhood.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: LoseThatGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                      Oh that's too bad. It's been there for what.... 25 years? Longer?

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                        Probably not quite, I worked in that hood 25 years ago and I don't recall there being an Il Fornello there. From my fading memory the only places in the general vicinity still around from those days now that Senior's has closed are Boccone and Spiga

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                                                          You might very well be right. To me it seems like it's been about that long.

                                                                                                                                                                                          In any case they've been there a real long time.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: LoseThatGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                        A lot of stories involving restaurants closing down because of higher rents make the building owners look like bad guys. If the owner is increasing the rent then I am guessing it is to reflect the market, no one wants an empty building. The Il Fornello at Harbourfront closed as well a while back, wondering if they are corporate owned?

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                          An Il Fornello just opened out in Ajax, so maybe with the Harbourfront, Yonge/St. Clair closings as well as the Church St. one a few years back, the company is focusing more on the 'burbs where rents are lower and people know the brands from times when they've come downtown. Just a guess.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: LoseThatGirl

                                                                                                                                                                                            And where the competition is ... East Side Mario's.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                            Two months with no tenant is almost equal to two years of a 10% rent increase.. then with a new tenant you usually have to give them two free months rent for "build out" and also pay realestate costs. So in this economy where there are so many spaces sitting empty even in prime areas I wonder what is on the minds of landlords who try to push huge rent increases on their properties...

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: ParkerQ

                                                                                                                                                                                              But, as I understand it, there can be another reason. The property mortgage is a multiple of its revenue....so if the landlord is willing to play the long game waiting for a new tenant to sign on at a much higher rate, he/she can jack up the mortgage on the property (likely to invest in another property). Not defending tho.

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. The Hilton Toronto has renovated Tundra and has closed Barrister's Bar. I think Barristers has been there for over 30 years

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Interestingly that it's taken about half a year since the original opening of this thread that Coco Lezzone in Little Italy (602 College) has been sold and is now closed. In it's place is... wait for it, more japanese izayaka! Hapa Izakaya will be moving in, hopefully in August. It's a Vancouver favourite of mine!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Not sure if it's been mentioned already but Grindhouse burgers on King West is closed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ggom1

                                                                                                                                                                                                What?!?! For real???

                                                                                                                                                                                                Are you sure about this? I just called and got their machine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                  There is a big For Lease sign in the front window, so if not now, then probably soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: baabaablacksheep

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ok, thanks kindly for that info.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    If true its a shame, they are (were?) really good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: baabaablacksheep

                                                                                                                                                                                                      A big for lease sign doesn't mean closed, that can simply be landlord negotiation shenanigans. However I have heard from other sources that they are gone, confirmation either way would be nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Interesting. I just walked by there yesterday and looked over at it but didn't even notice... I have enjoyed a few meals there, too bad if it is indeed closed down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Confirmed! Sad but true they have closed. For now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: millygirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                            For now??

                                                                                                                                                                                                            If they reopen they should do so where they don't have to pay King St. rent!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ggom1

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Looks like they closed permanently.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Spring Rolls at Yonge and Eg - papered up.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MeMeMe

                                                                                                                                                                                                        ...wow, there is a god... or is PF Chang's taking over the location :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: TexSquared

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Um...paper is off the windows...renovations?

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: MeMeMe

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Spring Rolls remains very much open. Must've been renovations.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Maybe. I have to say I went there recently - they have an interesting all you can eat small plates concept at lunch. Includes soup, dumplings, veg (guy lan...), entrees. it wasn't half bad....

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Toko Bistro and Bar at 637 Yonge St. has been closed due to non-payment of rent. Massive 'for lease' sign up and all the windows are papered up. I tried it a few years ago when it first opened... it wasn't anything special but it is a huge space so I wonder who or what will go in its place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Saw a sign advertising "I went to Philly" in the old Pasta Perfection at 462 Yonge St. It's a philly cheese steak sandwich place that's going in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Agave Y Aguacate in Kensington has closed, full story here:
                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://torontoist.com/2012/08/tacos-o...

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Harbourfront tweeted that he is now going to be cooking at their "Lifestyle" zone - http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/blo...

                                                                                                                                                                                                            This seems very exciting new space for vendors.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. After all the coupon disasters, looks like Marlon's Meats aka Butchers Organic has finally closed... just in time before anyone can claim any unused coupons. It was bound to happen... it finally did. (Or closed until they finish renos according to this article... but I'm doubtful if they've disconnected their phone lines and the website is down.) http://www.moneyville.ca/article/1248...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                The article actually says they are closed until sometime in September. The point she was trying to make was that they are closed during the time the coupons expire. It's a bit confusing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: illy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Those GD group buying sites better have learned from this mess. What an unending $hit show.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: illy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Apolgoies - my error in reading too quickly. I guess the telling question would be... will they actually reopen?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Some closing notes from the BlogTO food post this morning:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jangbang
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Goed Eten

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  And Grappa Ristorante has moved from College Street to the Queensway:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2012/...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Goed Eten?! Really?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Damn, they were good. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thanks ylsf.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. And now Goody's is gone. It was posted on their Facebook page today (and mentioned in the Goody's thread by Dr. Butcher. Boohoo!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Ted Richards

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Wow - Goody's and Goed Eten on the same day? Sad...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. The Cobourg on Parliament just a wee south of Winchester GONE and replaced by a maki restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Those heady days when Cabbagetown looked like it was going to join the ranks of the high foot traffic neighbourhoods with plenty of desirable places to go are over.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: DarthRiesling

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It looks like VentiSette Gelateria Cafe, on Yonge St. at Fairlawn Ave. (between Lawrence Ave. and York Mills Rd.) has gone under. All of a sudden. A few days ago, it looked busy at lunch time. Now there's a big FOR RENT sign in the window. A peek inside the darkened space shows - nothing. Looks like it has been cleaned out. Too bad. Though expensive, its various flavours were true - I particularly liked the lemon. But there are several other gelato shops within a short block walk - one opened just across the street a few weeks ago - as well as a couple of chain yogourt joints not far away. Something had to give, I suppose. It's starting to look like there are more gelato shops on that strip of Yonge St. than there are Italian restaurants. And there are A LOT of Italian food dispensaries between Lawrence and York Mills.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Noticed Cuisine of India on the Go is gone from Yonge and Davisville, replaced with a sushi joint called Roll and Roll.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jamie

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Peacock Express near Yonge and Byng which was in some way affiliated with Cuisine of India is also gone. It has been gone for a few months actually.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. According to BlogTo Hardy's Hogtown on St. Clair is now closed

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                So is the new schawarma place at St. Clair and Wychwood that people were raving about last year. Replaced by a sushi joint. I had not tried Hardy's yet - it was barely there a year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's closed? Not surprised. It was called Shawarma and Falafel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I LOVED it at first. Incredible food. But the place itself was a neglected DUMP. The owner did not put any thought into making it a pleasant place to eat. Dirty space. Blaring TV. Odd characters coming in an out using the washroom. Less than warm staff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Things just got worse, including the food. I knew it was just a matter of time. Hadn't been in months.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Here's hoping the sushi place is better and lasts a bit longer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Was sad to see Linuxcaffe all papered up and seemingly closed as I drove by this weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Of all the places I tried on the Indie Coffee Passport last year, this one was one of the best microfoam/steamed milks I had. Really was good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Was wondering why they weren't in this year's Pass but it makes sense now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Linuxcaffe was located on Harbord near Ossington, close to Sam James Coffee Bar, was a really tiny space and I remember having to be Barry Sanders-eqsue....and like a running back: hurdle, sidestep and jump my way to the bathroom in the back.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: pakmode

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The sign said they were renovating a week ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Serbaljub

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    From my understanding that sign has been up for a while... and that they are actually closed down... Pretty sure there was a post up on BlogTO about the closure.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: pakmode

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks, actually, I just read the comments there and it sounds like another cafe is going back in. Maybe that is what Serbaljub saw a notice about.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This the comment:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        326Harbord / AUGUST 10, 2012 AT 05:18 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The original owner has taken over the space, not a "well-known" local cafe.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A new place is opening soon.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Not that it'll be missed by anyone here, but I noticed Noah's Ark Tavern finally didn't pay their rent long enough to lose that space. You would have thought they would have committed that offence years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  On the plus side, not that the preceding wasn't, the intersection of St Clair & O'Connor appears to soon be adding a cafe and beanery (name to follow once I go by there again) and an Indian restaurant. Could this become the go-to corner for west-eastenders and east-westenders?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://trulyindia.ca/home/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I drove by the Cupcakerie on St. Clair W. and there's a big For Rent sign in the window and it looked closed on a Saturday afternoon. While I know it wasn't the best in the city I enjoyed some good cupcakes from there - sad to see yet another vacant storefront on St. Clair.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      That's really unfortunate. I thought their product was decent...a nice hostess gift/snack for husband/snack for me/etc...and the ladies were really nice!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. does anyone know if reggie's old fashioned sandwiches on king street is gone? i happened to be on the 504 yesterday and went by and didn't see it and i have called but their voicemail box is full.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Thai Plate on Bathurst north of Lawrence has a for sale sign in the window and has been closed the last few times I drove by.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Nothing earth shattering but Sushi Supreme at 542 Yonge (near Wellesley) morphed overnight into E-sushi, an all you can eat type of sushi place. Not sure if it's related to the sushi place in the Annex by the same name.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. I thought I posted about this before but pretty sure Tavolino at King/Portland has closed down. Saw a report about this on the internet before but haven't been able to confirm. No activity on twitter/etc either. Can anyone confirm (I think I saw original mention of it on BlogTO)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Lucid cocktail/kitchen is now renamed Lo Zingaro?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And the Leslieville Cheese Shop on Queen W closed :(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ggom1

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What, Lucid changed again!? Oof. Wonder if the bartender is still there. He was good and fun. And Lucid's close to work...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jlunar

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I've been curious but never tried it. It's pretty weird, I walked past a few times and it seems like they have a new name but it doesn't look like anything's changed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. True Brew cafe at Danforth/Woodbine is closing this week.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. The Grand Hive on Jarvis, part of the Honey's Beestro chain has been dark for the last couple of weekends. The front gate is locked so couldn't read a note on the door.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Not a huge food loss but I loved the space so much always wanted to see if they got their act together. The spot seems cursed but hope something good moves in there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Hernado's Hideaway (AKA Habanaros) on Wellington is closing at the end of October - didn't renew their lease I think.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Anything happening with Hernado's on Yonge??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Herne

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The now Fernando's Hideaway is still going strong. The cook took it over when Mexicali Rosa's went under. It's slowly returning to the way it was before head office started meddling with a good thing. More free choice music, relaxed environment, less staff looking uptight about a very rigid head office that never understood that particular location and its ways.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://fernandoshideaway.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I sure wish they'd bring back the Margarita Chicken Salad from the old days. Delicious, decadent, and yet still considered diet food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I really am surprised the Wellington location lasted as long as it did.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's good news about Fernando's. Last time I was there they had the Mexi's menu, had no idea that company went under.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: ElizabethS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The good news is that I believe the former Hernandos/Haberneros on Wellington is going to be the location of a new Thai restaurant from the Sukhothai/Khao San Road folks. I'll take that trade!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Gary

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I heard it's a second location of Sukho Thai, so not the same owners/chef as Khao San Road.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Le Panier Rouge, Yonge and St Clair, already gone.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Via BlogTo, LPK Culinary Groove is closing at the end of December:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2012/...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Not sure if it was mentioned yet, but Vecchio Frak on College is no more.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Walked past Dunn's on King West last night around 6:30 and saw it was closed. Their website says they are open until 8pm. Have they closed?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Noticed Dunn's was dark at about 9PM this past Saturday. There was nothing on the door but it's probably safe to assume they're done.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. BBQ Hut in Little India on Gerrard is gone. Although it was never very nice and things were clearly going downhill lately, I recall having a decent meal or two over the many years it was there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Anyone know what's going on with Pazza on Eglinton, west of Bathurst? Been boarded up under renovations for a while now....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Paper was removed last week or so. Perhaps they were simply renovating.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Add Cajun to the list. Closing dec 22 for good. Rumours swirl of the new tenant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You mean caju (with no n) the Brazilian place, that's what I saw.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Stone Road Grill chef Ryan Crawford is leaving to start a new venture called Gastrohomestead

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        New chef Steve Page and new menu start December 13

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          What a loss for SRG. I hope Crawford's new venture is in NOTL.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Sadly, I think he's moving to Prince Edward County:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://gastrohomestead.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            It's a big loss for NOTL.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Nooooooooooo!! I agree, huge loss for NOTL if that's the case TJ. I'm so sad!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Actually not clear from anything I've seen where this will be, in fact they are being intentionally coy about it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Interesting, 2013 is looking to be the year where people try to replicate "Blue Hill at Stone Barn" in Ontario, Landmark (Ancaster Mill/Spencers/Bread Bar et al) have been building a similar place in Flamborough

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ...and when I saw that table set outside the barn I immediately thought of Chef Michael Stadtlander's Eigensinn Farm

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I know one of his dreams/goal is to have a setup like Eigensinn Farm. And the PEC location is via the grapevine, rather than anything they've written. I really, really hope it's wrong though, as I would hate to lose him in NOTL.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Hmm...well he has been heading there annually for a wine & food event @ Huff and if you were looking to invest in a wine country property, the price is better in PEC than in NOTL. I think there's a stronger food culture in PEC too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I wonder if it would be too much trouble to move Buffalo so I could still get my shopping fix in if I now have to head to PEC instead of NOTL!! ; - )

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Yay, I am very excited about this development.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Loving Hut on Eglinton near Bathurst closed according to blogto.com.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A Pizzaiolo will be taking over this location according to notices in the window.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Pinball Cafe has closed... Mix "reason" on the closure with the cafe saying they were shut down while Gord Perks says they weren't but had been operating illegally and just decided to close themselves down instead of apply for proper licenses/zoning ammendments:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.blogto.com/deadpool/2012/1...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Provenance Regional Cuisine (Palmerston & Dundas) headed by Jamie Kennedy has closed on Dec 1st.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.provenancecuisine.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's too bad - honestly I live in the neighbourhood and didn't even know it existed!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: happycamper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Actually, I think it closed back in April...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Maybe just the December notice because that is when their domain name came up for renewal:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.thegridto.com/life/food-dr...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thought I posted about it here at the time but maybe I forgot to.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Last day of Cool Hand Luc on King West. They said they are getting "evicted" by the Landlord/new owner. I find it kind of fishy what they posted (unless they are on a month to month lease) and the place seemed to be having some business issues before this all happened... Curious to see if they open up a new spot but the grilled cheese was just "ok" and the ice cream was brought in from Kawartha Dairy..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    $1 scoops while supplies last today though

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I can't imagine he wanted to face another winter of slow sales...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Fressen on Queen West is closing at the end of this month.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Also read that the same owners are going to open up a new restaurant in the same space:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2012/...