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May 5, 2012 12:53 PM

"Sauce" on the Danforth

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.

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    1. 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

        The One in The Only springs to mind immediately.

        1. re: Pincus

          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. 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

          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

            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

              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

                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

                  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

                    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

              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

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

                1. re: Pincus

                  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.

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              1. 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

                  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

                    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

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