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The Prague on Queen Street Closing?

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currycue Feb 27, 2012 07:56 AM

It's been up for sale for a bit now, but sounds like there are no takers. Had yet another wonderful meal there on the weekend and was told that they could be closing soon. So very sad, after 44+ years.

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    currycue Apr 21, 2012 04:52 PM

    Fantastic news! The restaurant has been sold and I've been told it will mostly remain the same.

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      magic Apr 21, 2012 05:17 PM

      Outstanding news!!!

      I hope they keep it the same.

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        pinstripeprincess Apr 22, 2012 05:20 AM

        do you know when the takeover begins? i should have stocked up on tripe soup....

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        kmbar Aug 7, 2012 05:36 PM

        Anyone know what's happening? I noticed the windows have been papered up for a while now...

        1. num nums Aug 8, 2012 05:55 PM

          Walked by today and saw a printout taped to the door saying they will re-open Aug 20.

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            magic Aug 9, 2012 06:11 AM

            That is great news!

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              kerwintoronto Aug 9, 2012 11:44 PM

              Great news ... just waiting with bated breath on how the tripe soup will be! Just finished our last container out of the freezer.

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              Gary Sep 1, 2012 07:51 PM

              Happy days! The Prague is open again, and my wife and I had a great lunch there today. The place has been totally renovated with new flooring and a wooden bar where the deli display cases used to be -- but never fear, the takeout deli area remains, it's just been tucked away in the very back. I enjoyed a delicious chicken schnitzel sandwich and snuck numerous helpings of my wife's cabbage rolls. All the food was fantastic, just as good as before, which is saying a lot.

              Sure they've hipstered the place up a bit, and the menu has been pared down with some "fancier" dishes like suckling pig added, but they were smart enough to keep enough of the classics intact to prevent angry riots. Prices aren't even too bad by new Queen West standards, either, with many lunch items still in the single digits and larger mains in the low teens. It's nice to have the Prague back.

              1. pinstripeprincess Sep 2, 2012 06:56 AM

                dropped by for lunch, not a fan of the reno, wish they stuck in some booths to keep a little bit of the charm. i'm pretty sure they're waiting on an updated liquor license since they could and 1/3 more seating based on the current layout. it is all hard surfaces and will get VERY loud.

                food is delicious though and more expensive but still very well priced.

                had the pigs ears (could use less seasoning and more braising) which were crunchy and a bit airy, super moist and relatively crispy pork schnitzel with preserved lemon wedge,slaw and paprika intense potato salad, and hot smoked trouth with potato pancakes, pickled beets and sour cream. all quite tasty, but the schnitzel stole the show. before it had been quite dry so i'm happy for the change. got away with a $15 lunch full and happy.

                sampled their smoked salmon... man, no one is making it this silky any more. can't wait to try the tripe app and tripe soup again. service a little awkward but well meaning.

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                  currycue Nov 14, 2012 03:54 PM

                  Finally stopped by to try the new menu at one of my long time favourites. So far: not impressed. Had the updated take on Svickova (the Czech national dish) and although fhe new beef short ribs are way better than the old slices of roast beef, the watery sauce with a dollop of sour cream is a very bad move IMO. Also picked up some wieners from the deli. Quite expensive and lacking in flavour. My overall experience wasn't bad, it just wasn't worth crossing town for like the old Prague. I'll try their goulash and or chicken paprikash. Hoping they won't be strike 3 for me.

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                    pinstripeprincess Nov 14, 2012 09:23 PM

                    interesting that the sauce was watery. i found the paprikash sauce to be excellent. we wiped that plate clean. found the goulash sauce to be thick but thinner than the paprikash. they've changed the dumplings, it's a baguette dough recipe that is boiled and then sliced and pan fried for a very airy and crispy experience. i quite like it but it's not classic at all.

                    my last schnitzel experience wasn't great, they're futzing with the menu to play with price point and serving size more.

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                      currycue Nov 15, 2012 02:29 PM

                      Yes, the Svickova isn't the same dish at all. The sauce is a tart "au jus" covered with fried knedliky dumplings and the beef is topped with a dollop of sour cream. No cream sauce, bread dumplings or cranberry sauce. Completely different dish. I kind of take offence to changing this dish so drastically, if only because the restaurant is named "Prague" and this is THE Czech national dish. I had two very similar and good renditions in the city of Prague a couple of years back. Can't say the same about Paprikash or Goulash.

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