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Jun 18, 2012 07:50 AM

Any info on Golden Diamond Chinese Restaurant (old Bright Pearl location)

I was heading towards King's Noodle very late on Saturday night, and I noticed there are new signs up at 346 Spadina, the building that used to house Bright Pearl Seafood. The new name is "Golden Diamond", although a Yellow Pages entry online for the 647-748-6888 phone number lists it as "Gold Diamond". Anyone know who the owners are, what style of cuisine they will be serving, and when it will be opening?

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  1. With a name like that it probably is Cantonese dim sum and dinner restaurant. It only says opening soon...

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    1. re: Teep

      Yeah, that's about all the info I have as well.

    2. What I want to know is whether the curse still applies.

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      1. re: trane

        Ha, it does for those that believe in that sort of thing...otherwise not so much. I have a friend who avoids a very popular Cantonese restaurant in the burbs on the belief that it's housed in a former funeral home. There is no way he can be convinced to dine there. So in these cases, there will be a dip (however slight) in business.

        1. re: trane

          What happened at Bright Pearl or at that location? Bright Pearl was in business for a pretty long time.

          1. re: prima

            They closed down a couple of years ago. Apparently there was some sort of dispute between the restaurant management and the owners of the building. I don't think it had been doing all that well in recent years. The place was always packed for dim sum on weekends, but I was there for dinner during the week a couple of times, and it was pretty much dead.

              1. re: prima

                I don't think your question was answered. There are a lot of rumours about the location, but off the top of my head, either someone died at the location in the stair well, or it used to be a funeral parlour. That's the actual source of the curse. Plus I heard something about an outdoor sign on top of a building across the street that directs sunlight directly at the stairwell where somebody was killed... it's all crazy. And the building might be haunted.


                1. re: trane

                  I was wondering about the story behind the curse. Thanks for your reply. ;-)

                  1. re: prima


                    Go to the Canada section , the restaurant/ building is mentioned

        2. They're open now, was passing by and grabbed a dimsum menu so maybe it won't be carts. Also banner says $1.88 all dim sum during happy hour. Heard the staff speaking Mandarin though.

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          1. re: Teep

            Thanks for the info, Teep. What do they define as their happy hour?

            1. re: LTL

              They didn't specify, usually these are in the morning, so possibly 9-11 am.

            1. re: Teep

              Thanks for the info, Teep! I had passed by the location a few weeks ago and saw a new sign up, but I never got around to posting it here. Anyone go to their grand opening?

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