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2013 Food and Restaurant CHANGES and CLOSINGS

Another year, another run through the closings and changes of the food world in Toronto.

The only one I know of recently is Caju, the Brazilian place at 922 Queen W. Closed on Dec 22 -- didn't even pick up the Christmas and New Year crowd...

Please, lets have some tips and stories!!

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  1. Just read on The Grid that Brock Sheppard will no longer be involved with Burger Bar so he can focus on his Kensington Brewing Co.:
    http://theburgerbar.ca/Changes.html

    Fressen's reboot has already mentioned in the 2012 thread, but I guess it might be better to have it filed for 2013:
    http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...

    1. Nuit and Jeff Regular are leaving Khao San Road suddenly. Longtime KSR business partner Monte Wan is taking over.

      1. I'm not sure if it's been mentioned elsewhere, but Loïc Gourmet closed in December and is becoming something called "Heirloom Foods" this year.
        http://createsend.com/t/r-9A86382D48E...

        1. The mmmuffins at Yonge/Eglinton Centre closed down. That must have been there for 25 years.

          It might sound silly, but I really love mmmuffins. With each one that closes I die a little.

          One of the few baked goods in Toronto that tastes the same now as they did decades ago.

          This is sad. Please buy a muffin when you run across a location! I don't want to lose this shrinking chain. You won’t be disappointed.

          1. Caju, Brazilian restaurant on Queen W and Shaw closed for good.
            Walked by today. A sign was put up, thanking customers for 10 years of patronage.

            1. Not sure if this has been mentioned anywhere else but Bazaar on Mt. Pleasant seems to have closed.

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              1. Burger Bar papered up today. Closed?

                1. Aravind on Danforth. Closed. Nepali restaurant, Namaste to open.

                  1. Just noticed the Pizza Pizza on Wellington & Church is now The Works.

                    The Coffee Time on Spadina and QQW is closed.

                    1. Cowbell, Feb 2 -- seems to be financial?

                      1. Tortilla Flats on Queen West is closed.

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                        1. re: ggom1

                          This makes me sad, when I was pregnant I craved their kitchen sink dip like no ones business. Although if I wasn't in a bizarre food craving their food was really bad, but they were around for forever!

                          1. re: ggom1

                            Incredible patio, delicious buffalo shrimp, yummy fried ice cream. Everything else was fairly crappy.

                            Still, it had been there a long time and it was a fun place to hang out in summer. It's too bad.

                              1. re: ggom1

                                Saw a mention on BlogTO that Tortilla Flats has re opened

                                1. re: ylsf

                                  Perhaps you missed my post (see directly above).

                                  ;)

                                  1. re: magic

                                    Yeah, I did miss it... I don't like the new CH layout. Sometimes it collapses posts and other times it didn't. So I didn't see your response.

                              2. According to BlogTO - Mexi-can Market at 310 College is "deadpool". Original grocery store by same name still open at College east of Lansdowne.

                                Fidel Gastros is taking over the Prague European Kitchen space - New restaurant named "Lisa Marie".

                                1. It looks like FFFresh in Atrium on Bay closed.

                                  Too bad, they had great Red Thai Curry Soup and tasty tandoori chicken wraps.

                                  1. Don't know if it was in 2013 or end of 2012 but The Burger Press on Bathurst south of Queen has closed.... sign saying "Downstairs Deli" coming soon up.

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                                    1. re: ylsf

                                      Hmmmmm, sounds like you were eating donuts ; )

                                      1. re: ylsf

                                        Yes it does...and you failed to give us a report :(

                                        1. re: kwass

                                          Coming up shortly in the donut thread..

                                      2. Centro is closing it's doors, as is Colborne Lane.

                                        Here are the links to the announcements:

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

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

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                                        1. re: kwass

                                          It's about time re Centro. I dined there about 4 months ago and it was crap. A total waste of money. So this really doesn't surprise me.

                                          1. re: kwass

                                            Well, I guess oi won't ever be going to Colborne Lane... Was always curious about it.

                                            1. re: kwass

                                              And Splendido is offering brunch. It's tempting to connect these as some sort of sign of the times, unstable economy, lack of expense accounts etc.. I like to see these as unrelated but also a sign that lower levels of dining have greatly stepped up their game. I ate at Pangaea for lunch the other day and couldn't help but feel it was bistro level food in a fine dining environment.
                                              Colborne Lane has been inconsistent and the Origin locations are performing well. I think it's a smart move for Aprile to focus his attention on ensuring that the Origin brand is consistent. Better to let the flagship go, especially if you are not comfortable of leaving it in the hands of a chef de cuisine, than let the whole fleet sink.
                                              Centro is due for reinventing itself. The place has changed hands so many times that the brand no longer has meaning. Better to start fresh. I imagine paying that kind of rent was increasingly becoming difficult.
                                              A Splendido brunch will probably be a welcome addition to a city which doesn't have an abundance of higher end brunch options. If County General is under performing, some added revenue wouldn't hurt.
                                              I'm hoping these closure will only lead to their owners doing better things and that lower priced establishments fill the void.

                                              1. re: kwass

                                                I am not surprised at Colborne Lane. I was there recently for a kitchen table dinner on a Friday night. When we arrived at 6:30, the place was deserted. When we left around 10, the place was deserted.

                                                Now, it's possible that they had a crowd in there in between -- we were downstairs for a long time. But with no early diners and no late diners, they were doing at best one seating on a Friday night.

                                                It wasn't part of my regular rotation by any means, but I enjoyed my experiences there. Even, in its own way, the memory foam-like beet dish.

                                                1. re: kwass

                                                  It looks like Woods Restaurant is going to open in spring 2013 in the place of Colborne Lane by the ex-Modus chef.

                                                  http://woodsrestaurant.ca/

                                                  http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish...

                                                  Love the look of the space and hope the food is good!

                                                2. AlimentoBar Mozza is closed. Sign on the door says they are undergoing a "makeover" and will be back in the spring.

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                                                  1. re: Cat123

                                                    I heard that, but what does it mean? Are both the restaurant and store closed, or just the store?

                                                    1. re: Cat123

                                                      So sad! They screwed that place up. Terrible layout!

                                                      So sad!

                                                      1. re: justsayn

                                                        Are you saying the whole place has closed down? And that it's for good, not for renovations?

                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                          I have no insider info. Normally I would assume it means they are done because not many companies can afford to pay bills with no business for so many months. Alimento could be different given that they took about 2 years to open in the first place.....all the while paying those bills.

                                                          DEEP pockets! Maybe they really will come back. I sure hope so and I hope they get solid advice on how to organize a place with fast food, eat in, and shopping because they really did a poor job of it.

                                                          Fingers crossed!

                                                          1. re: justsayn

                                                            Ever thought of checking their website or Twitter feed?
                                                            http://alimento.ca/

                                                          2. re: kwass

                                                            http://www.alimento.ca/

                                                            Both the restaurant and store closed down.... Wow, that place ws under construction for how long before they even opened???

                                                            There were definitely some lay out issues, wasn't very inviting to enter,etc. but I hope it does come back. Enjoyed a variety of items from there including wine at the restaurant one night and they sent us home with a box of complimentary pastries..

                                                            1. re: ylsf

                                                              The staff, the owners, were always so gracious!

                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                  Thanks to MissBingBing's reminder, I stopped to look at their website. It looks like they are commited to a full reno. Sounds promising. I hope it works out! I doubted it when I read the alert here because I just never saw the place busy and always tried to shop, and send people therre whenever I could.

                                                                  Like I said before, fingers crossed! I hope they get some solid advice!

                                                          3. re: Cat123

                                                            An update on the restaurant , saw on BlogTO that this place is opening there:

                                                            http://www.cibowinebar.com/

                                                            From Miami, to be operated by the Liberty Group. Don't know if this means that the grocery store part is shut down for good or what?
                                                            Imagine the extra space could be used for this restaurant. Imagine Liberty Group would want a larger space for parties/events/especially during TIFF/etc but this is just guessing on my part.

                                                          4. Looks like Dunn's on King is closed for good now. It's only been open sporadically lately but a notice of termination showed up on the door a few days ago.

                                                            1. Toronto Life is reporting that Claudio Aprile is closing Colborne Lane::

                                                              "We spoke with Aprile this evening, who told us that he’s shutting Colborne Lane down not for financial reasons, but because the restaurant has run its course. “I really feel that I’ve done everything that I needed to do with that restaurant,” he said, adding that the final service will likely take place this Saturday evening. His focus is now on expanding his Origin brand (the third and largest location, at Bayview Village, is set to open in May), although he hopes to return to the more ambitious style of food he served at Colborne Lane in a couple years, should there be sufficient demand."

                                                              http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...

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                                                              1. re: yag326

                                                                You must have missed it, but this was posted yesterday.

                                                              2. Beaver & Bulldog in Mississauga closed last week. There aren't a lot of great wing spots in Mississauga, but I always believed the wings at B & B were above average, assuming you liked a saucy type wing. Sad to seem them go. It was a definite go-to joint for me when it came to wings when I was in the Mississauga area.

                                                                1. apparently the church street diner is once again closed....

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                                                                  1. re: ingloriouseater

                                                                    There's something there now called Church Bistro and it was open last night. The space and menu looks similar so possibly just an name change.

                                                                    Can't find any info on it.

                                                                  2. I learned just today that the Academy of Spherical Arts has closed back in December.

                                                                    Never been myself but we were considering an event there.

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                                                                    1. re: millygirl

                                                                      Wow, that had been around a long time. Used to go and play snooker back in the nineties.

                                                                      1. Little House of Kabobs at Yonge/Dundas

                                                                        Dragon Boat in Thornhill, and Cafe Cogo (same owners, but it appears there's been a split).

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                                                                        1. re: rationallawyer

                                                                          Cafe Cogo is rebranded to Skyview now, apparently their kitchen staff that did dim sum at dragon boat are now at Skyview.

                                                                          1. re: auberginegal

                                                                            Skyview's dim sum is so-so only and poor value unless you go for their early bird pricing ($2.80 per dish, order before 10:50 am)

                                                                        2. A few notes from BlogTo this morning ( http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2013/...

                                                                          )

                                                                          Happy Hooker is now open, looks interesting. Fast casual fish spot:

                                                                          http://www.happyhookerfish.ca/

                                                                          The Guild Restaurant at 1442 Dundas Street West has opened (brunch/lunch only at this point

                                                                          )

                                                                          Northwood (815 Bloor West) - soft opening

                                                                          Mill Street Brewery plans to open The Beer Hall in the Distillery District. . (April time frame)

                                                                          Que Supper Club opening at 364 Queen Street East - international BBQ

                                                                          Capitano Burgers and Gelato opened at 645 Yonge Street

                                                                          Big House Pizza opened on the Danforth.

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                                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                                            I thought the Happy Hooker looked good as well. Looking forward to trying it.

                                                                            1. re: ylsf

                                                                              Isn't this the CHANGES and CLOSINGS thread? That's all openings

                                                                              1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                Arg, swear I posted it in the "openings" thread, I must have clicked on the wrong thread when I posted. Sorry, will ask a mod to move over or delete this one.

                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                  Alas, we can't move posts from one thread to another, only split them into totally new threads. If you want to copy this over to the other thread, and flag the post here when you're done, we can remove it.

                                                                            2. Aft Kitchen and Bar has taken over the Toucan Taco Bar space at 686 Queen St. East. They are offering "modern classic comfort food."

                                                                              1. New chef at Your's Truly

                                                                                Jeff Claudio is leaving, to travel and apparently not to eventually open a restaurant in London.

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                                                                                1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                  What do you mean by "apparently not..."?

                                                                                  1. re: szw

                                                                                    Toronto Life reported the "open a restaurant in London" thing and Jeff said it was a surprise to him on twitter.

                                                                                    1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                      Thanks. I read the toronto life thing, but don't read twitter stuff. A little context in posts would be nice IMO.

                                                                                2. Jazz Bistro in the old Senator Steakhouse building on Victoria is now open for lunch, grand opening scheduled for April 3. Menus here: http://jazzbistro.ca/the-bistro/

                                                                                  1. Not a big loss I am sure for the CH crowd, but, the Melting Pot (the USA chain) that opened up in Richmond Hill less than a year ago closed on March 12. Rumours posted on RFD, confirmed on the Melting Pot facebook page. They didn't communicate to anyone about the closure until a day or two ago. People had reservations on Open Table (as of yesterday they were still taking reservations too... not sure as of today) so Facebook people were posting about driving 40 minutes only to find the place closed.

                                                                                    1. Sushi 67 on Roncesvalles has changed over to a more standard type of sushi joint - and it looks like it's new owners too. I say 'more standard' because there was something special about Sushi 67, imho. Could have been that damn soy caramel. So good. I'm so sad it's gone.

                                                                                      1. seven lives has closed at its old location and will be opening around the corner at 69 kensington, probably this weekend, april 6th. . .

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                                                                                        1. re: afong56

                                                                                          Isn't this where Miss Cora's Kitchen is? I love that place.

                                                                                          Did Miss Cora's close? Anyone know?

                                                                                          1. re: magic

                                                                                            Sure you know already, but, Miss Cora's did close, yes..

                                                                                            1. re: ylsf

                                                                                              Nothing at all on their website, nor were there emails sent out (I signed up for their mailing list).

                                                                                              But yeah, I figured as much in my research.

                                                                                              Sad. That place was goooood. A gem that received little attention.

                                                                                              Thanks ylsf :)

                                                                                        2. Gleamed from twitter:

                                                                                          C5 at the ROM closing at the end of April:

                                                                                          http://www.thegridto.com/blog-post/cl...

                                                                                          and:

                                                                                          Jamie Kennedy done at the Gardiner space

                                                                                          Chris Nuttall-Smith ‏@cnutsmith 5m
                                                                                          Gardiner Museum PR: @chefjkennedy is out at Gardiner resto; A La Carte Kitchen Inc. takes over. JK to remain a "preferred" caterer.

                                                                                          1. Whimpy's on the Danforth.

                                                                                            What took them so long you ask?? LOL

                                                                                            I wonder anxiously what will take it's place??

                                                                                            1. According to BlogTO this morning, Tati Bistro on Harbord is closing next month. No last service date announced yet:

                                                                                              http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2013/...

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                                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                  My all time favourite quiche in the city is from Chabichou and I was told once that they were actually made at Tati.

                                                                                                  I enjoyed Tati mainly for the space but didn't love the food. But this could be a big problem if I can't get that quiche! It's sooooo good!

                                                                                                2. * SNIFF * RIP Tati Bistro. I will miss you so. I'll see you one last time before you go, okay?

                                                                                                  1. Ella M'a Dit on Baldwin is having their last service April 27th. I never got a chance to go (just for the Dubon Chicken popup) but was always curious about the place.

                                                                                                    https://twitter.com/ellemaditoui

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                                                                                                    1. La Bamboche on Manor Road (just east of Yonge between Eglinton and Davisville) is closing due to end of lease, Avenue Road location is still open.

                                                                                                      I'm not going to visit whatever replaces them at that location.

                                                                                                      Full text of notice on their store window:

                                                                                                      ==========================================
                                                                                                      Dear patrons, we would like to thank you for your support and loyalty over the past 8 years.
                                                                                                      It is with great regret that we must inform you that La Bamboche will be

                                                                                                      CLOSING ITS DOORS AT THIS LOCATION
                                                                                                      EFFECTIVE APRIL 29 2013

                                                                                                      Our lease expires at the end of this month and we were unfortunately unable to renegotiate a new lease with the Landlord.

                                                                                                      We look forward to your continuing patronage at our other location at
                                                                                                      1712 AVENUE ROAD (NORTH OF LAWRENCE).

                                                                                                      If you require further information,
                                                                                                      Please call us at 416-224-5595 or email us at info@labamboche.ca
                                                                                                      ==========================================

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                                                                                                      1. re: mstestzzz002

                                                                                                        oh boo. losing one of the Manor Road gems. That stretch between Yonge and Bayview is kinda awesome for bakeries & sweets.

                                                                                                      2. The Kathi Roll Express is taking over the old Living Well/Zelda's space at 692 Yonge street. Signage is up so it looks close to opening (though of course it can be deceiving). They advertise themselves as offering street food from around the world, and of course the Indian kathi rolls; it should be interesting!

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                                                                                                          1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                            Looks very interesting. Now if only Toronto could offer street food on the street.

                                                                                                          2. Very sad to learn today that JAM Cafe on Carlton near Parliament has closed. I've always felt that for really good bistro-style food, this was one of the best, if not the best in Toronto. Not a huge menu but everything was prepared with great care. Loved their wine tasting nights as well, accompanied by very generous snacks. Never understood why the place wasn't always packed by those Cabbagetowners?

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                                                                                                            1. re: Pooledish

                                                                                                              Honestly, I never liked the vibe of Jam Cafe. Add to that, they ignored me the couple of times I dined alone. Now I don't need anyone to fuss over me. I do want to feel like I'm in the room, though.

                                                                                                              With the fabulous Weezie's so very near, it's worth crossing the Caggagetown-Corktown border.

                                                                                                              1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                Sorry you had that experience there. Honestly, I always felt quite welcomed. The servers have always been great and most of the time, the chef, Avi, would come out to say hello. Anyway, nice to be reminded of Weezie's - only ever had lunch there when it first opened, but need to return. Have a feeling they're not open Sunday nights which tends to be my night out to dine.

                                                                                                                1. re: Pooledish

                                                                                                                  There's a sign in the window saying something new is opening soon. Anyone know what it might be?

                                                                                                            2. 'Brilliant Fine Chinese' in Markham closed! Replaced by 'Fung Lam Court'. Own and operate by Chef Lai famous for his ' Dungeness Crab in creamy Rum sauce '.

                                                                                                              1. Noticed the Fox and Firkin on the south side of Eg, just east of Yonge was all papered up. Probably not a big loss, but has this been closed for long? Seemed like it has been there forever.

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                                                                                                                1. re: Brain of J

                                                                                                                  Ignore above. They are simply renovating. They are re-opening in 10 days.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Brain of J

                                                                                                                    Yeah, they're converting them all over to their new "Cool Britania" look, I think attempting to attract a younger crowd. The Flatiron Firkin in the St. Lawrence Market area is also undergoing reno this week, the inside has been gutted.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Gary

                                                                                                                      They did the Owl and Firkin on Woodbine a while ago (it seems to the the testing ground for some of this stuff) it went from s**tty to hypers**tty

                                                                                                                      and yet they appear to make money, there is no accounting for the tastes of the masses

                                                                                                                2. Gold Diamond Chinese Restaurant (Spadina at St. Andrew on the 2nd & 3rd flrs) closed May 2, according to the landlord's notice posted on the door.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: rickster

                                                                                                                    Well that was fast. Though I'm not surprised as the food was meh and the service was even worse.

                                                                                                                  2. Valentina, a Latin-American restaurant (Mexican) has taken over the Bellevue space in Kensington Market (61a Bellevue Ave.)

                                                                                                                    To keep this list updated, as noted in another thread, Osteria dei Ganzi (Italian) is open now in the old Gooderham House (504 Jarvis St.)

                                                                                                                    And Valdez (Latin American) will be opening up in the old Cheval space at 606 King St. W.

                                                                                                                      1. Patrick Kriss has left Acadia (sadface):

                                                                                                                        "All good things must come to an end-Patrick Kriss has decided to leave @acadiatoronto after an amazing year-wishing Pat health and happiness"

                                                                                                                        https://twitter.com/AcadiaToronto/sta...

                                                                                                                        then:

                                                                                                                        "Let the invasion begin #kitchentakeover by Chef @dustingallagher starts tmrw night!! Here for now, but not forever…"

                                                                                                                        https://twitter.com/AcadiaToronto/sta...

                                                                                                                        1. Hadley's will be closing June 28th. The sign in the window indicates lease issues.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                            No way! That makes me so sad!! I still haven't had the opportunity to try their fried chicken :(

                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                              1 more month. Better get to it :)

                                                                                                                              1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                I know :) I wonder though, if it's just a lease issue, if they're planning on opening up somewhere else.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                      Lease issue happened way to late, no opening anywhere else is planned in the immediate future. The owners are very upset and really wish they could.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                                        I was just going to post that. I tweeted them this afternoon, and that's what they told me as well.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                                          Hmm.. too bad they didn't get the lease thing sorted out. I still haven't been by to try them out but I guess I will try to get there for a last shot at the fried chicken at some point before the end.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                                            Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!!!!!!

                                                                                                                                1. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                                  Had a great rack of ribs last night and leftovers for lunch today. Love the taste of Hadley's bbq and sauce! The quality is always so high too. Really going to miss this place!

                                                                                                                                  And then there's the fried chicken!!!

                                                                                                                                  1. re: justsayn

                                                                                                                                    At least there's a few fried chicken nights left!

                                                                                                                                  2. re: LexiFirefly

                                                                                                                                    There's a sign in the window for some pizza chain.

                                                                                                                                  3. Heard that Mikado on Laird closing June 16th. We're going to miss this fantastic sushi spot. It is our favourite, authentic Japanese spot for amazing food.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Yimahaji

                                                                                                                                      That's too bad. It's been there forever. Even before there was a discount sushi bar on every corner. Is the chef retiring?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: hal2010

                                                                                                                                        Yep, he's tired of running his own place and may work at someone else's place

                                                                                                                                    2. Le Commensal has a landlord's eviction notice in the windows.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: caviartothegeneral

                                                                                                                                        Curious if you noticed the date on it. Someone had posted that the number went out of service a few weeks ago, etc.

                                                                                                                                        Not like I will miss it. I have a self imposed boycott on the place after numerous "chances" and in particular after the last time I went and poor way they handled one of the discount vouchers.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: caviartothegeneral

                                                                                                                                          I think we need more vegetarian spots, but not based on their business model. Just a good, sit down, order off a menu, have someone bring food and drinks to you, vegetarian restaurant. Rather than lukewarm noodles priced by the pound.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: Pincus

                                                                                                                                            Haven't been myself, but you should check out Grasslands.

                                                                                                                                            http://www.grasslands.to/

                                                                                                                                            1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                              Thanks! Will definitely check it out!

                                                                                                                                        2. I drove by 1800 Degrees on Bloor, near Royal York Rd. and it is gone. Another restaurant is in its place but I didn't catch the name.

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                                                                                                                                          1. Posted on Twitter, Matt Blondinbhas left Daisho

                                                                                                                                            1. Hogtown Charcuterie in Kensington Market has closed; Rasta Pasta will be moving into its space hopefully by end of the month, while HC looks for a bigger space. http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/E...

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                                                Great! Really like their chicken! And super nice people. I am glad he will be near 7 lives again.

                                                                                                                                              2. Overheard myself while dining at Daisho on the weekend but it is now out there in the blog world too. Momofuku Milk bar is opening up in Toronto in the 2nd floor space (there is a glass enclosure at the top of the stairs)-

                                                                                                                                                http://www.foodandcoblog.com/2013/06/...

                                                                                                                                                EDIT - Meant to put this in the "opening" thread but I guess it is considered a "change" too

                                                                                                                                                1. Regal 16 Chinese Restaurant moving from 1 Spadina in Richmond Hill to inside the 'haunted' Richlane Mall on 16th and Leslie??!!

                                                                                                                                                  1. Sushi Gobo on Christie is closing at the end of the month

                                                                                                                                                    1. The Rock Lobster on Queen West is open now, I think. I saw people dining inside when I walked past yesterday.

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                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ggom1

                                                                                                                                                        It is open now for sure... but, this is the "closings" thread :)

                                                                                                                                                      2. Sounds like the Lick's chain is having a real problem. A bunch of locations have closed recently/ non payment of rent.

                                                                                                                                                        http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto...

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                          The Lick's at Kingston Road and Midland has also closed. For a while it had a sign saying "Closed for Renovations", but now there's a big sign saying "Lick's Franchise Available".

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Ted Richards

                                                                                                                                                            They once had a winning formula. I have no idea why Lick's Homeburgers strayed so far from their core products nor why they changed the original burger mixture. I have one about a 5 minute walk from my work. Years ago, I would have been in there every week or two. Now, if I go it's once a year, maybe, and for nostalgia purposes only.

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                            A groupon deal was just posted for Licks... :-(

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                              Groupon should be ashamed of themselves. Who could possibly be sure they'll get the time to use the deal. Bottom feeders!

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                Groupon refunds money for deals gone bad... Until they themselves go bankrupt...

                                                                                                                                                            2. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                              The quality has been dropping off at Lick's for years. I still remember enjoying homeburger's at their Yonge/Dundas location back in the 90's.

                                                                                                                                                            3. Flemingdon /Thorncliffe is getting all you can eat sushi at the plaza on Don Mills at Gateway.

                                                                                                                                                              1. Noticed a couple days ago, Embrujo Flamenco and Panchuco had bailiffs notices on the doors.

                                                                                                                                                                1. Not a restaurant, but the No Frills on Sherbourne is closing July 20. I think they are building another apt tower. Truly annoyed as this was our regular grocery. Everything else within walking distance is either even more sketchy (e.g. No Frills on Parliament) or pricier.

                                                                                                                                                                  I read on Urban Toronto, but can't confirm that they are moving to the Greenwin building on Bloor. Taking over the Goodwill store space, but not sure when, or even if it's true.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Sooeygun

                                                                                                                                                                    If you combine the No Frills Parliament St with Epicure for deli and cheeses; Lennie's for organic ingredients; Daniel et Daniel for prepared goods; St Jamestown Steak & Chops for meat, seafood, and produce; Cafe Olya for, as I understand it, baked treats; and Absolute Bakery for breads you have yourself quite a nice shopping trip in Cabbagetown. All are within about a 5-10 minute walk of one another. Add Pet Menagerie for your animals to boot.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                      Fair points, Googs, but the closure of a budget-type grocery store in a neighborhood facing a lot economic challenges has to smart a little.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Brain of J

                                                                                                                                                                        I know. I used to live nearby. Leaving Food Basics as the only choice is rather ghastly. While the big grocers have finally realized there's a need to service downtown better, they keep forgetting the long term residents living on little to nothing. Not fair at all.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                          I live just west of that No Frills and it's a big loss for the 'hood. I'd rather go to the dentist than go to Food Basics, it's always a horrible experience. There's always something odd going down in there.

                                                                                                                                                                          Last experience there involved a man that was furiously counting dairy products over and over. Needed some milk, grabbed one, guy freaked out and started screaming at me for being rude.

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Sooeygun

                                                                                                                                                                      I really hope they move to Greenwin square. That was my local No Frills as well and I was a big fan. The food basics is somewhat terrifying and illequiped to deal with any large volume of shoppers. The veggie mart on Wellesley is under new management has had some decent produce. Think that will be my new fruit and veg place and then I'll have to source meat.

                                                                                                                                                                    3. The folks at Delica have decided to restructure Paulette's

                                                                                                                                                                      The Leslieville storefront will become a 2nd location of Delica with the same menu, sandwiches and such. The fried chicken (love it or hate it, opinion here was certainly divided) is no more.

                                                                                                                                                                      Both locations will still sell the doughnuts (and apparently they sell a lot of them wholesale, not clear to whom).

                                                                                                                                                                      Mixed feelings, I actually liked the chicken but I found the service there to be beyond weird.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Izakaya Nejibee at Bay & Wellesley has closed. A not on the door says thanks to the customers but they had to close.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. I passed by Red Fish at 890 College last night... windows were papered up... it is closed and no more. Although service was slow when I tried it last summer when they first opened, the food was decent and I really liked the concept. Too bad as they were one of the few places doing sustainable seafood and didn't last a very long time. Their website confirms this, saying they had come to the very difficult decision to close their doors.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                                                                              Looks like something is going in there. I saw people working on it last week.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. fwiw, bloor annex long timer 'il bun ji', boarded up when i drove past this afternoon. . .not sure if it's gone for good.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Dider the Restaurant RIP end of August

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Best Grill, on Steeles Ave. W., in my view one of the best Middle East joints in town, is, I'm reliably informed, out of action after a three-year run. Alas. It was my go-to for tasty, inventive, reasonably-priced Mideast cooking, much better than most of its competition in north Toronto. Chef/owner Alexei Posterniak gave it a good try - he was pretty much a one-man band in the kitchen - but I suspect an awkward location, smallish dining room, erratic evening hours and, mostly, proximity to the bigger, vastly popular Dr. Laffa, eventually did him in. But my, he could sure cook - first-rate soups (especially the borscht), flavourful salads/appetizers, the tastiest rendition of rainbow trout in Toronto, everything attractively presented. Best Grill was, in my opinion, better in many ways than Dr. Laffa. I trust Alexei - and his cooking - will pop up again somewhere (that I can easily get to).

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: juno

                                                                                                                                                                                    Every time I went, it was closed. So I never got to try it. I must say, it was extremely frustrating.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, it was busy at lunch - mostly with takeout - but much less so at dinner. And those evening hours changed constantly: often closing at 7, sometimes 8, sometimes much later, despite what the hours proclaimed on the front door. Best Grill also had a licence, and a number of wines, but no actual printed wine list - if you wanted to know what wines he had, Alexei would come out of the kitchen and recite them for you. Little wonder he didn't sell much alcohol. So I sympathize with you when you say "extremely frustrating." But I'll miss his treatment of garlic chicken.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: juno

                                                                                                                                                                                        I'm disappointed that I'll never get to try it. It really is a shame that every time I went, which was always for dinner, it was closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                        Who knows, like you said, maybe the cook will end up somewhere else. Please let me know if you hear anything.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Kultura on King East is gone. Windows are papered up with signs saying "Ole Ole" will be opening on September 11, serving tapas.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Earth Bloor West is FORCED to close Sept 29 via a demolition clause in their five year lease...

                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish...

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Dean Tudor

                                                                                                                                                                                        Yeah, it is a fairly common clause with commercial/industrial leases. If you want the space there isn't much that you can do about it. Some Landlord's would agree to waive it for a few years if they have no immediate plans but I doubt many would give up the right all together. I am sure they were given at least 60 days notice as that is fairly typical (or even 90). Sure they didn't want their customers/staff knowing too far ahead though.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't understand though, why not go out with a bang. Other resto's have done it to no Ill affect. However maybe that's just me.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Momo's at Harbord & Robert has closed after many years of providing South Annegonians with cheap and tasty middle eastern food.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Namaste Nepal (596 Danforth Avenue) which was in the location previously known as Aravind closed last week and will soon be a Caribbean restaurant called Simone's.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. BLD Restaurant, 36 Toronto Street is CLOSED. According to
                                                                                                                                                                                            a post on tripadvisor, the owners packed it up in the middle of
                                                                                                                                                                                            the night and ran off. They left only an abandoned, empty shell for building security, possibly staff, to find in the morning.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Jannyjo

                                                                                                                                                                                              Yikes! Sounds like a good way to do business (or not do business). Sure they will have a solid reputation for years to come now.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Didn't come up in a search but Bar Salumi has closed (and maybe has been for a while based on this article) - http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/E...

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Just noticed that Bamburger at Yonge, south of Eglinton has closed. Replaced by something called Hillsdale Bar & Grill.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: GoBuds99

                                                                                                                                                                                                  It's probably not a good year for restaurants that start with "Bam". I noticed that Bamboo Cafe Dim Sum on Danforth appears to be closed. You blink and bam! it's gone.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: GoBuds99

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm surprised they lasted as long as they did...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Really? I liked Bamburger...they made a mean turkey burger and had a great curry sauce.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: MeMeMe

                                                                                                                                                                                                        I liked bamburger too, but they were totally overpriced, which is probably what led to their demise.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Que Supper Club on Queen East - closed.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: HandPay

                                                                                                                                                                                                      It is listed as "business for sale" for $249,000... nice asking proce for a business that lasted 3 months...

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: HandPay

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wow. You could see that coming a mile away. Not that you couldn't make a nice place work there. Just that THAT wasn't going to work.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I never tried Que. In the Toronto Life article http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish... the food looks good but servings look too small for the price. And I would not go out of my way to drive over there. What do you think was wrong with that place Googs?

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                                                                                            just like every other Cool Guy place. All blow, no go.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Just a quick note that we removed some follow-up discussion about neighborhood safety from here. It's a topic we've found doesn't go well on Chowhound and it never changes anyone's opinions about a given location, either.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Sugo on Church has closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Looks like Obika closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Szechuan Szechuan @ FCP will close in December.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Any updates on Szechuan Szechuan in FCP - exact closing date or reason why? Will the location at Vaughan Mills close as well? How about the take-away locations?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gnr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The sign in the restaurant says it will close on Dec 31st. Evidently the VM location will forge ahead. My guess would be that FCP is raising their rent as they seem to be focussed on attracting up-market shops and restaurants.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Breadcrumbs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They are expanding the food court.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: gnr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Take away locations and Vaughn Mills will continue. Just FCP is closing. :(. Boo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gnr

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's too bad - only decent Chinese delivery in downtown Toronto IMO.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Daiter's announced it will be closing up shop as the owners look to ease back on demanding hours and focus on wholesale/catering. Not sure of an exact closing date but soon, I imagine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thread on this on the Ontario board.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Indian Rice Factory is done. Sorry if already mentioned.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: dubchild

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And only about a decade or two after it should have closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: dubchild

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          That's sad - I went there a few times in its heyday but haven't been back in a decade or so. I walk by there regularly and always enjoyed the smell (!) - between that place and the fortune cookie factory across the street, it was always a pretty tasty smelling corner.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: dubchild

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Really? I haven't been in a few years, but I used to really like it there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Stratto on Avenue Road has been papered up for a while now. Super Sweet Home on Eglinton (formerly Green Eggplant) papered up as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Have not gone in for closer looks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not sure if they are simply renovating, on vacation, or closed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Perhaps someone has more info on these 2 places.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Drove by Keriwa Café last week and there was a "For Lease" sign in the window. Always meant to try it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: 26Marushka

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  If I was looming at those pie charts, I would not pay that much for that space.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Sadly, looks like Indian Rice Factory has closed it's doors (after 43 years!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.torontolife.com/daily-dish...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: justxpete

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  dubchild broke the news a few days ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Look up, I tells ya ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  But I'm sure that link is appreciated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Noticed an interesting opening soon sign on West Queen West near Niagara St. on the weekend, Sammy's Sandwiches. It is in the old Asian Monsoon space.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That sign's been up for a while now. Doesn't look like it's opening any time soon though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sorry the name is actually Sammy's Sammies. They already have a website based on reading their twitter http://3gamechangers.wordpress.com/20...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: Food Tourist

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Originally the sign said the place was going to be "New Delhi Burgers".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Actually this might explain why: almost directly across the street, Pho Delish closed a few weeks back. It's been papered over and there's a sign for "Burger Addiction". Maybe they caught wind of this other burger place?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Meanwhile, Come and Get It will be re-opening in the former Maverik Bar that's nearby. And with Sud Forno, this area is going to be an Atkins/gluten-free person's nightmare. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    3. I believe Vittorio's at Av&Dav has closed up shop.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MissBingBing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Really?!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I pass by often. Never noticed anything off till a few weeks ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          So the signage has been hanging out and the property's been maintained for the last two years, with no new tenant taking over the space?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The website is still there, I doubt it would be if they closed 2 years back. http://www.vittorios.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EDIT: looks like they may have closed sometime after August 2012 : http://www.dine.to/vittoriosonavenue

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The website does seem out of date (they still have the news that they've just moved, when in fact they moved a while ago), but yeah..... closed for 2 years?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hey, could be - if that's the case I'd have to re-evaulate how observant I fancy myself :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I edited my post as I found something on dine.to

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Looks like they may have closed a few months ago as one review on tripadvisor is from September 2013.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Hmm, then quite a while ago I guess.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ok, nevermind!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  :)!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Dupont location closed 2 years ago (roughly) and they moved to 137 Avenue Road. BOTH can be considered as being at Av & Dav.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think that's the source of the confusion.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. Lardon at 390 Roncesvalles has closed. A sign on the door indicates that any outstanding gift certificates can be used at "The Roncy Public" opening at the same address on December 5 2013.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Roncy Public has a Facebook page at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        https://www.facebook.com/Roncypublic?...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Fuel House on Clinton has closed down according to BlogTO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Tasty Chinese Restaurant on Eglinton near Allen Expressway has closed, according to my family.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            What a shame. A delicious "Westernized" Chinese joint. Been there around 20 years.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh no! That's been our go-to Chinese delivery since we moved to Toronto 17 years ago!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Tatai

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Trust me, I'm as upset as you are.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                :-(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. The Licks on York Mills west of Don Mills is gone, as is the Artisano across the street. Sign on the Artisano space indicates a New Mexican restaurant is moving in.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Full tummy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Interesting about the Artisano.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I tried going in August and they were closed for renovations supposedly, which I actually believed. Hmm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I like their pizza. Guess I'll have to rely on the King St. location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  They are closed for renovations but will open under a new name and ownership, like many of the other places that say "closed for renovations".

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah that sounds pretty closed to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Renovations in quotes. Exactly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kelsey's at Don Mills and York Mills will be closed soon as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. At looks like Koryo closed up in the food court at Yonge/Dundas Square.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Too bad, some of their stuff was iffy but their BBQ Beef Flamer sandwich was delicious.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. There's a new chef de cuisine at Stone Road Grille in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Stephen Page, who took over after Ryan Crawford left, has moved to Calgary to pursue a different career. Justin Lesso has taken oven in the kitchen. I don't know anything about him, other than he's been working at SRG for a little while already.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This ought to be interesting. I have spotted Page in many hipster-ish/pop-up in Toronto events over the last the last year. Always in his over the top suits, and inebriated.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: happycamper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't think Stephen Page and Steven Page are the same person.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: BIGeater100

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            They're not and happycamper doesn't mention to whom he's referring.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: BIGeater100

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              If you read articles like the ones below, I can see how almost anyone could think they ARE the same person

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.winexmagazine.com/index.ph...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://o.canada.com/entertainment/tel...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Except the chef looks like this and is about 20 years younger.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.stoneroadgrille.com/bios.php

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That said, if the two don't capitalize on this with cross-promotions they should both fire their managers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Fusia Dog on Duncan has closed according to BlogTo (who sourced PostCity). Been closed for more than a month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cant' say I am surprised. Never seemed busy and they had weird hours (i.e. not open late in the club district/etc)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Can't say I'm surprised either. But it's a shame since the hotdogs were pretty good!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Just called to make a reservation at Messis on Harbord - voicemail says the business has been sold and it's now closed. A new restaurant is opening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. E Pan in Chinatown has closed. It hasn't been the same since the change of owners a year or so ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Opening in its place is something called "Red Onion", a Hong Kong style cafe.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Teep

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wasn't aware of the change of ownership. Their food was pretty good when it opened up. Nice washrooms too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Teep

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Too bad about the ownership change and now closure...E-Pan was always a favorite place for me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Alternative Grounds on Roncy....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Brain of J

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Is Fat Cat still open? noticed paper up on the windows as well.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. The space formerly occupied by Didier is being replaced by a new spot advertising dim sum, called Kwan. I didn't see a menu or any other info; looking into the window, it looks like they have awhile to go before opening.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Collegiate Lunch....about 6 weeks ago. It's now a sushi spot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yeah, it is a loss. Sure, maybe it wasn't the greatest diner fare you ever ate, but I always loved the old school (pardon the pun) feel to the place and the woman who waited the tables was always very nice.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Brain of J

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have been meaning to write about the new sushi spot. We have already been twice and really, really like it. The new owners are delightful. More to come.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Hammersmith's at Gerrard and Logan closing at the end of the year according to the Grid web site.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh no! That makes me so sad. That was a tough location. But they are such a talented, hard-working couple. :(

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I just looked it up on the Grid, and apparently it's an ongoing dispute with the landlord. They'd like to open elsewhere but no plans at this point. So disappointing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh no, that also makes me sad - they had a wonderful brunch. I wonder if they are moving elsewhere?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: SusanB

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Nooooo! This is very sad news!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Colin and Brittney were the best thing to happen to brunch in Leslieville. I sure hope they reopen somewhere soon. What will I do without their scones and mushroom comte omelets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Post City is reporting that Acadia will close at the end of the year.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              To be replaced by a really mediocre sounding Italian American place called Red Sauce, there will be a kids menu

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                A really fine, adventuresome restaurant. Their veal sweetbreads were a knockout.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Very sad to hear that. I actually liked Acadia even more after Dustin took over in the fall. The menu was more affordable and approachable. The patio brunch was also a knockout.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I will definitely venture back before they close.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: happycamper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I think you are too late, closed already

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Fernando's Hideaway has moved up the street to a location next door to the Popeye's Chicken place. It was a former spot that offered Asian food and changed names every six months.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The new space is nice and comfy. Less cavernous than the old location. Food is still solid and continues to be my Cal/Tex-Mex goto spot in the city.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: abigllama

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Can you still belly up to the bar for margaritas and hockey?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You can. Bar area doesn't seem quite as big but they do have a new gigantic tv so you could see hockey from a couple of the booths too.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: abigllama

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Perfect, thanks. Guess I'll start planning another El Hockey Noche En Mexico.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: abigllama

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The previous incarnation was Sushi Hana.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3. Mt. Everest on Bloor shut shop on Feb 2 after 10 yrs in the biz. Huge loss for the annex IMO

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: meatnveg

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I agree, I loved it there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Still the Eglinton location if you need your fix. Never been to that location.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Since this thread is about changes as well as closings, I thought I'd post about a change that's going on @ Porchetta and Co. They're raising their prices. Here's what they had to say:

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MissBingBing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oops. I was 1/2 awake when I posted ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Or were you 1/2 asleep? I'm not sure why threads such as these are not locked so nobody can update them once the year ends. After all, the CH team seems to have time to read every post I make.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: foodyDudey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I totally agree with you!! They read every post I made too :) And yes, I was 1/2 asleep...lol. What I meant to say was barely awake :) This time change is making me loopy!!