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"Sauce" on the Danforth

Sweet Pea May 5, 2012 12:53 PM

Noticed a liquor license application posted in the window of one of the vacant storefronts along Danforth just east of Linsmore Cres., and saw that a new place called "Sauce" is set to open up.

Google turned up this little tidbit of info:

Sauce on Danforth
Coming Soon:
An East-End Toronto Lounge with a Victorian-Goth Bordello-Chic Design.

We offer:
- a vast selection of Craft Beer on Tap and in Bottle
- an array of 1920's inspired cocktails
- Top shelf Tequilas, Bourbons, Scotches & Vodkas
- music, music, music... you never know who you'll hear

Conveniently located steps from Greenwood Station.

Opening August 2012

Craft Beer, Cocktails, Fresh Pasta, Sauce

Anybody know anything about this? I'm hoping it's legitimately a cool place, not some wannabe upmarket hole that will only increase the nighttime skeeve factor around here even more.

  1. mariecollins May 7, 2012 08:40 AM

    Ha, I think there's a few places on the Danforth doing the Victorian-Goth-Bordello thing without knowing it! Looking forward to something new - wish it was a little farther east.

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    1. re: mariecollins
      Pincus May 9, 2012 10:21 AM

      The One in The Only springs to mind immediately.

      1. re: Pincus
        biggreenmatt May 29, 2012 06:48 AM

        The Only has more in common with the Crooked Star on Ossington, circa 2005, than any Victorian-Goth-Bordello thing. Love the Only- it's my alternative local to McGugan's, which is a five minute walk from my place (as opposed to the Only, which is 10).

        Anyways, the missus and I passed by Sauce this past weekend, poked our noses in and spoke to the owner. The "sauce" in Sauce is fresh pasta- the whole Victorian thing is news to me.

        And I wholly agree with atomeyes, below- the gentrification is steadily moving east along the Danforth and I believe that in the next 5 years, Pape through to Woodbine is set to become hot.

    2. k
      Kooper May 7, 2012 10:47 AM

      Where is "Steps from Greenwood subway station"? That is a bit relative.

      Since Taps and Tales left we are without a good local. Morgans is nice but too expensive for a regular hang out.

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      1. re: Kooper
        Kooper May 9, 2012 07:20 PM

        I walked by the store front today. It is going to be at 1376 Danforth the former location of Classy Nails. They are working on the restaurant now but no hints of anything beyond a LCBO license application and a poster of bartender in the window.

        1. re: Kooper
          shelovesfood May 28, 2012 03:35 PM

          really u find morgans expensive?? you can have lunch there for 2 with drinks for about $40 including tax and tip. dinner was $65 for dh and i. Although i must say they started off with a bang the food has been hit and miss in the last couple of weeks

          1. re: shelovesfood
            Kooper May 29, 2012 11:52 AM

            Yeah because we used to be able to eat dinner with drinks for about 35-40$. Entrees at Taps used to be between 13-20$ so 2 entrees and 2 beers would be about 35-40 depending on what we had. Now entrees start at 18 unless you want a burger which is still 14$. Pricy for a regular meal out. We used to go once or twice a week and now we have been three times since they opened in November.

            1. re: Kooper
              shelovesfood May 29, 2012 12:22 PM

              fair enough, but seriously i had a private party at taps and tales when they first opened. harry closed the bar on a saturday for me the food drinks and service was excellent..but it declined very fast from there. most of the food was not great even for those prices. morgans however has better food quality but your right they really need to bring the price point in line so that us east enders can make it more often then once a month or less.

              1. re: shelovesfood
                Pincus Jun 1, 2012 07:53 AM

                Really? I never had a bad meal at Taps and Tales. I mean, for pub food, it was some of the best in the East End. And the chef could pull off some good stuff, notably with the specials they had from time to time.

                Still, RIP Taps and Tales, long live Morgans. Let's see what their business plan holds for the future.

                1. re: Pincus
                  Kooper Jun 1, 2012 10:54 AM

                  I agree. We ate there a lot and rarely had anything that wasn't good. The specials were usually the best things to eat because the chefs had the freedom to make what they wanted. there was one chef that used to make cured meat specials. Always my favorites.

          2. re: Kooper
            Olivia Jun 3, 2012 06:21 PM

            It's about a 1-2 minute walk, maybe 10 storefronts. Very close to Greenwood stn.

            As for a local casual bar I really like TKO's (at Coxwell): good wings, always busy, and no attitude.

            1. re: Olivia
              Pincus Jun 4, 2012 06:38 AM

              TKO's is my favourite casual bar right now on the strip.

              1. re: Pincus
                shelovesfood Jun 25, 2012 02:42 PM

                tko's is good maybe in the winter but it's very dark inside unless you sit on patio. personally a bit dated and depressing.

          3. atomeyes May 29, 2012 05:08 AM

            the name sounds gross.
            the concept sounds strange.

            Goths eating fresh pasta??

            Anyways, I've been a firm believer that Danforth East (between Pape and Greenwood) is going to be Toronto's next hot spot. subway accessible, affordable rent, lots of old restaurants to take over for cheap.

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            1. re: atomeyes
              Pincus May 29, 2012 07:23 AM

              The mix of hard liquor and fresh pasta sounds very odd. I mean, the pun for marketing is great, but actually eating and drinking there? We will have to see.

              1. re: Pincus
                atomeyes May 29, 2012 02:19 PM

                i will declare that, when in Brugges, we struggled to find a good and affordable restaurant. we ended up eating the spaghetti bolognese at 't Brugs Beertje where we were drinking.
                no clue if it was made in house or out of the can, but it went really well with the heavy Belgian ales.

                1. re: atomeyes
                  Pincus Jun 1, 2012 07:51 AM

                  Really? What was the flavour profile of the ales you drank? (Sweet/bitter/earthy etc.) I'm not familiar at all with Belgian ales.

                  1. re: Pincus
                    atomeyes Jun 25, 2012 02:13 PM


                    sweet, dark and lovely.

                    1. re: atomeyes
                      Pincus Jun 25, 2012 03:12 PM

                      Sounds good!

            2. Olivia Jun 3, 2012 06:25 PM

              Sorry, I don't know more than you do, but am keen to see it do well.

              Cute and brave concept though: personally, I love pasta (LOVE), but do others? Guess we'll find out...

              1. s
                shelovesfood Jun 25, 2012 12:22 PM

                I walked by on Saturday night around 9pm i think they were doing a soft opening maybe for friends it was very busy and lively..can't wait till it opens. on way back from having a donair at the fuzz box, another new open in the hood. keep it coming.

                1. p
                  Pincus Jun 25, 2012 03:13 PM

                  Yes, I saw they have some stained glass in their storefront now. Can't wait for Gothic Spaghetti Vongole. :)

                  1. p
                    Pincus Aug 20, 2012 09:43 AM

                    Went there on the weekend.

                    The space is eclectic. It has a player piano, which people started playing (with their hands, not by trying to make the roller go) but were quickly stopped. The Gothic bordello theme is very well done. If you like that sort of thing, which I do.

                    If you're looking for a new gastronomic experience, don't bother. They have a limited selection of cold foods. A shrimp/chili/something dip, a spinach/cheese dip with pita triangles, and the ones I didn't try, which were some kind of prosciutto wrapped around asparagus creation, an olive selection, and (I think) a cheese plate and a meat plate.

                    The dips/sauces might be done by a chef, or they might be from a bottle. I couldn't tell. Whatever the one was with the cold shrimp, it complemented the chili one very well. Let's give them the benefit of the doubt and say they were chef-made sauces/dips.

                    I think the main reason you would go here is to test their cocktail creation skills, maybe their wine cellar is acceptable, and they certainly have a decent beer selection. The beer was cheaper than Morgan's, so if I'm strictly going out for a pint or two, I would definitely go here. Food, however is "tapas-style" as they say, and what I had wasn't remarkable enough to make it a reason to visit Sauce.

                    Service was really good, though, so no faults there. Both of the women there were quite pleasant and cheerful and attentive. For a night out in the neighbourhood with no food attached, I would probably head here 90% of the time.

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                    1. re: Pincus
                      KitchenVoodoo Oct 10, 2012 11:36 PM

                      Too bad - i was really hoping it would be a good casual eating spot in my immediate neighbourhood. Morgans was a bit of a let down, floppy frites, burned soggy fried chciken, and tough chewey turkey on Thansgiving. The chef and staff are lovely and prices are reasonable. I will go back in hopes of having something better to eat. Hass anyone tried their burger?

                    2. prima Sep 25, 2012 02:22 PM

                      Has anyone tried the cocktails?

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                      1. re: prima
                        shelovesfood Oct 8, 2012 01:52 PM

                        They now have a 20's inspired cocktail list. The small app menu is done by Carolyn hogg previous owner of threes company on the danforth. Thursday night packed at 6 for the piano player.

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