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2013 Food and Restaurant OPENINGS

A tough time of year to open, but if a resto closes, then its space can become another boite.

Has anybody noticed any new diners or places to eat, to buy food, including new online services for delivery and/or food purchases.????

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  1. The Grid has news about Union opening a retail shop a few doors down from their resto:
    http://www.thegridto.com/blog-post/fo...

    And just read this on Toronto Life about a new Italian spot opening on Gerrard:
    http://www.torontolife.com/daily/dail...

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    1. re: num nums

      Just what we need, more rustic Italian! :-P

      1. re: JennaBean

        Perhaps that'll be the last new rustic Italian place tho? I mean, how many more can there be!? :)

    2. A new Kiva's will be opening at Yonge/Castlelfield...

      1. From BlogTO this morning:

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

        Nu Bagel in Kensington is hoping to open this weekend.

        Buonanotte (in previous Ame space) is now open

        New Italian bakery named Forno Cultura opening below WVRST on King

        Ben and Izzy's Deli opening soon (another thread dedicated to it).

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        1. re: ylsf

          NuBugel wasn't open yesterday.

        2. Queen Margherita Pizza will be opening February 4th at Jane and Annette.

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          1. re: bluefirefly

            Super excited about this.

            1. re: AllenShawn

              Me too. But it was still closed yesterday!

              1. re: principessa del pisello

                any news if its open yet?

                1. re: PDalez

                  Not open yet. I called the Leslieville location to get an update and they said a few more weeks.

            2. re: bluefirefly

              Looks like it is opening on the 13th of March according to website and the drive by I did today.

            3. From Bahn Mi Boy's twitter they are opening up in February at their Yonge street location

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              1. re: ylsf

                <From Bahn Mi Boy's twitter they are opening up in February at their Yonge street location>

                Yonge and ?????

                1. re: petek

                  Gerrard.

                  1. re: magic

                    Thanks..
                    I was hoping it would be closer to Y&E oh well.

                    1. re: petek

                      NP : )

              2. Walked by the old Toko Bistro and Bar (637 Yonge Street at Isabella) which has signage indicating it's hiring and being replaced by another Japanese place: Aji Sai Resto and Lounge.

                In the same stretch, the Red Bench has opened at 611 Yonge Street. Looks like a cute yogurt/make-your-own-cookie shop that offers tea and juices as well.

                1. The Works opened in the former Pizza Pizza space on Wellington & Church.They've been open around 2-3 weeks now.

                  1. Bazara, fusion sushi joint, opened on Ossington. The space was formerly occupied by Goed Eten.

                    http://ossingtonvillage.com/2013/01/b...

                    Never heard of the chef Sam Yang. I am curious to see how this one is going to pan out.

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                    1. re: happycamper

                      happycamper, let's hope that it's not that other JM Barrie word, "peter out".

                      1. re: happycamper

                        havn't heard about this at all. anyone been?

                      2. Cowbell has a thank you note on the door. All very past tense-not open tonight though opentable is still operating. Drapes are closed and the word on the street is that mark has shut it down

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                        1. re: ingloriouseater

                          Yes, he tweeted he is closing up as of Feb 2nd

                        2. I saw a place called Dumpling King on Dundas, near Huron. I think it's pretty new?

                          1. Another Menchies Frozen Yogurt in the works right beside Cha Lau on Yonge St.

                            1. From BlogTO:

                              Black Rabbit Fresh Food Cafe open at 2312 Bloor Street West

                              Boccone Trattoria Veloce is open at Pearson airport (first of "upgraded restauants" open... this one by Massimo Capra).

                              Appetite took over Loic Gourmet space on Queen east
                              http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2013/...

                              1. The Drake is opening up a stand alone restaurant in the Financial District....

                                http://www.thedrakehotel.ca/blog/2013...

                                Too tired to solve their "riddle" to figure out the name of it. If someone does figure it out post the URL here please :

                                )

                                EDIT, never mind, found it - http://www.drake150.ca/

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                                1. re: ylsf

                                  150 Adelaide Street West

                                2. This was mentioned as a separate thread, but another smokehouse is opening up at the end of the month - Marky and Sparky's Smokehouse (520 Annette).

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                                  1. re: bluefirefly

                                    It's open but I haven't tried it...last night went by and it was closed because they'd run out of meat....good sign?

                                  2. Posted this in the "Closed" thread earlier today by accident:

                                    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.

                                    1. Not sure if i should be excited(I live right down the street)..but Ritz Caribbean Foods is opening at the corner of Eglinton and Duplex(where the Vietnamese Pho joint was.)
                                      Never been to one,hope it's good.

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                                      1. re: petek

                                        It's cheap, tasty Carribean.

                                      2. So, the Congee 168 location (previously a Thai restaurant whose name excapes me) on Bathurst south of Wilson is now going to be an "Aristocrat BBQ". My spelling may be off, but it must be the same place on Wilson west of Bathurst.

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                                        1. re: trane

                                          Just looked it up, if it is the same place as on Wilson it is spelled - Aristokrat BBQ Restaurant

                                          Doesn't sound so great according to Yelp reviews but thanks for the info.

                                        2. Gelato Pizza is opening at the corner of Eglinton and Avenue. I've never heard of them but the pics on their web page look good.

                                          http://gelatopizza.com/

                                          DT

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                                          1. re: Davwud

                                            The pics do look really good! Do you know when exactly they're opening?

                                            1. re: Davwud

                                              Interesting, I remember when they opened up the Queen West spot close to Boreal Gelato there was talk about them opening up other locations and typically near other gelato spots already existing. Not sure what is in this area though. I see they have a Queen east location opening soon too

                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                I knew the name sounded familiar. I was just @ the Queen West location. I was walking by and went in to check it out. I didn't get anything, but the pizza looked amazing!!

                                              2. re: Davwud

                                                A Gelato Pizza has been under construction on Queen East for over a year now. hmmm

                                                1. re: millygirl

                                                  Just read on Post City that Gelato Pizza has two new locations in the works. The location at 302 Eglinton West is opening this month, while the other at 1091 Queen East is opening next month.

                                              3. Since Main & Danforth is generally a dead zone save the blessed Bistro Camino and Grumbel's Deli, I'll add one. I saw a sign on the north side of Danforth very near the Len Duckworth's advertising that "Grillies" was coming soon. Not sure what it is, but the install looked professional. Seems to be a new fast food restaurant coming at us.
                                                http://grillies.ca/
                                                https://www.facebook.com/GrilliesInc

                                                1. In Oakville, walked by the old Jam today (downtown Oakville) and I saw a sign staying that Fin Izakaya is coming. Same as the spot at Yonge/Eglington http://www.finizakaya.com/

                                                  Funny that the sign said something like "japanese tapas" to describe what they were.... ha, mix of cultures indeed. I think this place has potential to do well though in the Oakville market. I am not sure how it is now but I seem to recall mixed reviews before for the place in Toronto.

                                                  1. Mother's Pizza is (re)opening its doors in Hamilton today.

                                                    I hope it's as good as the early years...I grew up around the corner from the original and it was a staple for everyone in the 'hood. Birthdays, graduations...everything.

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                                                    1. re: MeMeMe

                                                      Let us know! :)

                                                      1. re: magic

                                                        Wish I could get there - living in Toronto. Between Mother's and the Anchor bar...a weekend roadtrip might be in my future!

                                                    2. Some updates from BlogTo this morning:

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

                                                      Noteworthy:
                                                      Alimento space on King is becoming Cibo Wine Bar - Miami based restaurant but operated by Liberty Group in Toronto - http://www.cibowinebar.com/

                                                      Woods Restaurant going to take over Colborne Lane. Bruce Woods from Modus Ristorante and Robin Singh from Pravda. They are hoping for end of April launch

                                                      1. Some more news on BlogTO this morning:

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

                                                        Most interesting to me is Takht E Tavos by the owners of Pomegranate . Persian breakfast/lunch spot for now. Find this write up on another site:

                                                        http://www.spicecitytoronto.com/2013/...

                                                        1. Fidel Gastro, (Friday April 19), 638 Queen St W

                                                          Enzo Pizzabar (Tuesday April 23) 646 Queen St W

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                                                          1. re: kwass

                                                            Just a correction, Fidel Gastros restaurant is called Lisa Marie

                                                            1. re: hungryabbey

                                                              Oops...you're right ;)

                                                              1. re: kwass

                                                                Here is a write-up about Lisa Marie from Post City Magazine:

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

                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                  There are also some pictures of the food. Food looks awesome!!

                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                    oh boy. Those duck "pizzas" look very interesting.

                                                                    1. re: happycamper

                                                                      Don't they!!

                                                            2. A little place called Just Hotdogs has opened two doors north of St. Clair on Dufferin (w/s).

                                                              Spoke with the owner this morning. He's been there 15 months but changed to dogs about 2 weeks ago. He's still getting his feet wet but plans on having chili, mushrooms, etc soon. Most things are home made but the dogs and sausages aren't. He's selling Natas as well from Palermo bakery.

                                                              Tiny place, a few stools at the front window counter is all. I think it looks promising.

                                                              DT

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                                                              1. re: Davwud

                                                                Is he selling different types of dogs, like chicken or veggie? Or is he sticking to beef and pork?

                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                  Chicken is on the menu but he doesn't have them yet. I didn't notice veggie but wasn't interested in seeing it either.
                                                                  I did see a few different types of sausages as well. One was a Jerk sausage. Not sure if they're sausages of just topping combos.

                                                                  DT

                                                                  1. re: Davwud

                                                                    Cool! Thanks Davwud :)

                                                                2. re: Davwud

                                                                  Gimme a Coney Dog and a glass of lightly chilled Primitivo any time.

                                                                3. The old Pearl Vision at the corner of Yonge and Temperance (140 Yonge) has been papered up and looks to be turning into a coffee shop called Dineen Coffee - due to open spring 2013.

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                                                                  1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                    For those that think that is a weird name for a coffee shop (myself included), there is actual historical significance to it regarding the building they are setting up in (name of the hat/fur company that was in there):

                                                                    http://www.blogto.com/city/2013/04/hi...

                                                                    There is info in there about a restaurant opening up on a higher floor as well.

                                                                    1. re: ylsf

                                                                      Not mentioned in the BlogTo article but it also came out this week that wine program at the restaurant and the oyster bar will be run by Anton Potvin former owner of the Niagara Street Cafe.

                                                                    2. re: bluefirefly

                                                                      Seen that building. Looks nice!

                                                                      1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                        I tried this place yesterday. The space is absolutely gorgeous and everyone I dealt with was friendly and chipper. More importantly, the coffee was really good -- lovely crema on the americano, dense foam on the cappuccino. A little pricey ($3.50 for a small capp, about 50 cents more than my local place) but I'm sure the rent/mortgage and maintenance on that location warrant it.

                                                                      2. Brilliant Chinese Restaurant on 7220 Kennedy Rd has been closed for a while and the space taken up by a new restaurant by the name of ' Fung Lam Court '. Chef/Owner 'Lai' is famous for his ' Dungeness Crab with Rum Sauce served with French Baguette '
                                                                        Brilliant is still being featured on Toronto Life. Guess about time they change the information in their publications!

                                                                        1. Prairie Girl Bakery is opening their third location in Yorkville at 150 Bloor St. W. this Friday, April 26!

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                                                                          1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                            Finally!!!! So excited!

                                                                            1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                              Walked by it on Friday just before their closing time (6pm) and I went in to see if they had any "opening" promos but unfortunately (or fortunately) they didn't so I resisted :)

                                                                              They are located on Avenue road just north of Bloor. Spotted a Starbucks close by it that I had never seen before (not sure if the SB is a new location or relocated from close by).

                                                                              Website says they will be open on Sundays in July and August

                                                                            2. I noticed that there will be a Toll House Cookies shop opening along the PATH, underneath Metro Hall.

                                                                              This is interesting to me as (to my knowledge) I've personally never seen any Toll House stands outside the U.S.

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                                                                              1. re: magic

                                                                                Unfortunately it has been "opening soon" since last May so I don't know what is happening.

                                                                                1. re: juliewong

                                                                                  I did not know that.

                                                                                  Hmm, odd.

                                                                                  1. re: juliewong

                                                                                    The Toll House Cookies is now open. Called: Cafe by Chip.

                                                                                    Smells great. You can smell it 75 yards away. Products look really tasty. But I haven't tried anything yet.

                                                                                    It’s actually a full walk-in, sit down place. Not simply a kiosk, as I’ve always seen in the U.S.

                                                                                2. Looks like a place called Forest Hill Pizza will be opening at Bathurst/Eglinton. Couple storefronts away from House of Chan.

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                                                                                  1. re: magic

                                                                                    Has anyone tried Forest Hill Pizza? Any thoughts?

                                                                                    1. re: magic

                                                                                      It's my go to slice option in the city now. I work in the area from time to time and if I'm buying lunch, I'm going there.
                                                                                      I wouldn't say it's the best slice I've ever had but it's damned good.
                                                                                      I'm there no too long after the first pies come out and love the Meat Lovers.

                                                                                      DT

                                                                                      1. re: Davwud

                                                                                        Good to know, thanks!

                                                                                        My dad had decent things to say about it too, so I guess I should add that to my list.

                                                                                  2. A spot called Enzo Pizza Bar has opened on Queen West, near the new Lisa Marie, and around the corner from North of Brooklyn Pizzeria.

                                                                                    http://www.queenstreetwest.ca/post/49...

                                                                                    1. Rock lobster to take over Shanghai Cowgirl.

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

                                                                                      This ought to be interesting.

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                                                                                      1. re: happycamper

                                                                                        O_o wow, pop-up to mortar central over there.

                                                                                      2. Apparently, Burger's Priest (Queen St) is aiming for a June 1 opening.

                                                                                        1. Just walked by the old Sasaya location (most recenly Kiiro Miya)on Eglinton Avenue West just west of Oriole, and a new sign is going up . So far they had "IZAKAYA" and "SAKE BAR" posted but no name yet. Will update when I see an actual name go up.

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                                                                                          1. re: elasticwaistband

                                                                                            That place has been occupied by middle of the road to subpar Japanese places for far too long. Time to break that rut!

                                                                                            1. re: elasticwaistband

                                                                                              Name went up - it is called "kushi".

                                                                                            2. A place called Big Al's Delish, serving deli sandwiches, prepared foods, and what have you. On Bathurst north of Lawrence I believe (east side). Don't know much about it other than that.

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                                                                                              1. re: magic

                                                                                                My father went in for a sandwich and enjoyed. It is pretty much take-out he said, perhaps one table.

                                                                                                Theirs is mainly a catering business according to my father.

                                                                                              2. A new boardgame cafe is opening on Spadina just south of College, called Castle.

                                                                                                1. Cut The Cheese
                                                                                                  2901A Dundas Street West
                                                                                                  - "..a soon to be gourmet take-out restaurant serving innovative, super awesome and ultra delicious grilled cheese sandwiches and mac'n cheese. We are scheduled to open in the Junction area of Toronto this summer".

                                                                                                  https://www.facebook.com/cutthecheeseTO

                                                                                                  Soft launch soon.

                                                                                                  The photos from their Contact catering event look delicious.

                                                                                                  1. Any update on Gelato Pizza on Queen East? It has been "coming soon" for a long time now!

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                                                                                                    1. re: JennaBean

                                                                                                      I had a couple of slices from the new Gelato Pizza that opened up on Eg&Ave Rd..Pretty decent pie good variety but no better than Pizzaiolo pizza.The gelato looked good and they'll deliver both!

                                                                                                    2. Noticed signs for another gourmet hot dog place called "Craft Dog" in the old Pastabilites space on King Street, just west of Church Street. Looked ready to be open soon.

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                                                                                                      1. re: CarNut

                                                                                                        Craft Dog is being opened by Brian Morin, formerly chef & partner at beerbistro.

                                                                                                        1. re: gregclow

                                                                                                          Welcome back, gregclow. You've been missed.

                                                                                                      2. Ardor Bistro soft-opened yesterday (last occupied by Beau Lieu on Ossington).
                                                                                                        "...South American heritage, specifically Chile and Peru, to Toronto, in both food and drinks. When we stopped in for a chat a few weeks ago, we were drooling listening to their cocktail plans incorporating pisco, a South American liquor. The restaurant business is not new to them: their experience at the uptown Celestin Restaurant supports their new venture."

                                                                                                        http://ossingtonvillage.com/2013/05/o...

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                                                                                                        1. re: happycamper

                                                                                                          The connection to the post Pascal version of Celestin does not bode well, but I'll wait for reports before I pre-judge too much.

                                                                                                          1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                            Agreed!

                                                                                                        2. Not sure if this has been mentioned (I'm too lazy to read all 93 posts) but Whole Foods is opening at the corner of Bayview and Broadway,north of Eglinton..

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                                                                                                          1. re: petek

                                                                                                            I just drove by the other day and it looked like it was still an empty lot. Was I looking in the wrong place?!

                                                                                                            (It's been known to happen)

                                                                                                            1. re: magic

                                                                                                              NW corner..It's still an empty lot but the sign is up,has been for a while..

                                                                                                              1. re: petek

                                                                                                                Ok, so I wasn't going kookoo this time. :)

                                                                                                            2. re: petek

                                                                                                              Uh oh. There goes the neighbourhood.

                                                                                                              1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                Are you kidding!! It's fantastic that WF is opening up in the area!! Saves us a trip down to Yorkville.

                                                                                                                1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                  The lot is pretty small..not sure how big the store will be(unless they build up). But I agree,it'll be a nice addition to the neighborhood.

                                                                                                                  1. re: petek

                                                                                                                    23,000 square feet of retail at grade and 45,000 square feet on the second floor (Whole Foods).

                                                                                                                    1. re: CarNut

                                                                                                                      Thanks for the info. That's pretty big.How does it compare to the Yorkville store?

                                                                                                            3. Something different: A Taste Of Dominican has opened on Danforth East of Woodbine.

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                                                                                                              1. re: mariecollins

                                                                                                                That does sound interesting. No google search luck.
                                                                                                                Link?

                                                                                                                1. re: happycamper

                                                                                                                  2231 Danforth is all I got. I'll try and snag a menu when I walk past on Monday.

                                                                                                                2. re: mariecollins

                                                                                                                  I went to Taste of the Dominican today. It's run by an engaged couple w/ the man in the back and his fiancee up front. The interior is bright with salsa and merengue music playing quietly in the background.

                                                                                                                  The food is pure comfort. It's like eating at your Dominican friend's house. Nothing ground breaking or haute about it, it's good, solid food. We tried sancocho, platanos, and chuletas w/ moro de gandules. Everything was good, nothing was over-salted and the portions were filling. As for the prices, two of us got out of there for $40 including tip and soft drinks. You could easily spend under $10 and still be full.

                                                                                                                  The service is friendly, but not perfect. Think of it as leisurely.

                                                                                                                  1. re: GoodGravy

                                                                                                                    Where's Taste of the Dominican located? Do you know if they have a website?

                                                                                                                    1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                      See Mariecollins post above : 2231 Danforth

                                                                                                                      Appears there isn't a website.

                                                                                                                      1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                        Oddly, Dinesafe still lists that address as Danforth Cafe & Sub.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                          This link shows an "entry" for them on May 24. http://www.toronto.ca/health/dinesafe...

                                                                                                                          I am just linking this to show you the entry and not to break CH rules in regards to talking about places that pass/fail health inspections

                                                                                                                      2. re: Googs

                                                                                                                        Looks like you got the answer, but to narrow it down, it's across the street from the big, new Kia dealership.

                                                                                                                        Walking around the Harbourfront, I saw that nasty Pier 4/Magoo's place was closed and it looked like Amsterdam brewery was expanding and opening an on-site brewery and restaurant. I hope they take the food seriously.

                                                                                                                  2. Douce France just opened at 2471 Yonge (Y&Eg - between Good Bites and La Boheme Cafe). The shop sells high quality products like biscuits, confectionary, madeleines, and Voisin chocolates, etc. all imported from France.

                                                                                                                    Here's the website but not a lot on there except a description of the owner's background which is interesting.

                                                                                                                    www.doucefrance.ca

                                                                                                                    1. Clubhouse, a sandwich shop on Spadina just north of the 7/11 on College.

                                                                                                                      1. I noticed the Origin North is opened now at Bayview Village (formerly Sierra Grill). Looks like it's two stories, with patio around the restaurant. I was wondering if anyone has tried it out yet?

                                                                                                                        1. An early July opening date has been set for Bero, which will be a Basque "influenced" menu. Chef is pop-up impessario Matt Kantor. Location is the former Commissary restaruant in Leslieville (which is still running, with Matt in the kitchen for a couple more weeks). Bero is now taking reservations on OpenTable for 60 days out.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                            Are you saying that Commissary is closing and a new place called Bero's will open in its place? Only went to Commissary once for lunch and it didn't seem very busy, so I wouldn't be surprised if it closed. Basque sounds interesting.

                                                                                                                            1. re: SusanB

                                                                                                                              Yes that's exactly what I'm saying.

                                                                                                                              1. re: SusanB

                                                                                                                                I went once and it was really terrible. The room is rather nice so I'm hoping this new place will up the game a bit.

                                                                                                                              2. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                Bero is now open

                                                                                                                                4 course prix fixe only

                                                                                                                                Sample menu on their website looks very nice.

                                                                                                                              3. Terroni's new venture, Sud Forno, opened today. It's a bakery one store east of their Queen West location. I was on my somewhere so didn't try anything. But peeking in the space looks really nice. Decent selection of cookies, pastries and breads and sandwiches. It would be interesting to see how this measures up to Forno Cultura not too far away on King.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: num nums

                                                                                                                                  thanks for the tip! I'll check this out soon...

                                                                                                                                  1. re: num nums

                                                                                                                                    Excellent, thanks for the update. I'd been keeping an eye on the space and it looked about ready to open when I walked by on the weekend. Will have to stop by soon.

                                                                                                                                    Looking forward to the butcher (?) opening next door too!

                                                                                                                                  2. Beryl's Pepperpot at Queen and Coxwell just opened.. bringing some Jamaican fare to Leslieville... now that the Real Jerk is STILL not opened.. and doesn't look like it will anytime soon.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Kassi22

                                                                                                                                      I heard that the Real Jerk is moving into the spot where The Playpen is at Gerrard and Carlaw.

                                                                                                                                      Anyone heard this?

                                                                                                                                      1. re: MargieEv

                                                                                                                                        So Playpen is no longer?

                                                                                                                                        1. re: millygirl

                                                                                                                                          According to my source something about the lease payments.

                                                                                                                                        2. re: MargieEv

                                                                                                                                          That was a rumour back when they were on the court ordered extended lease at Queen and Broadview.

                                                                                                                                          Given the challenges they have had at what is supposed to be the new loaction on Queen near the DVP it may have come back on the table but I haven't heard it.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: MargieEv

                                                                                                                                            Last couple times I drove by Playpen seemed to be operating but the signs went up in the Windows yesterday, new home of the Real Jerk.

                                                                                                                                            From the timing (first of the month etc.) I'd guess it's a lease expiry rather than a non-payment of rent situation.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                              Based upon their past history, you think it was a plain old lease expiry? I don't. You should hear what I have heard from waiters who actually worked there.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: MargieEv

                                                                                                                                              Yes, you're correct on this front. Both Playpen's site confirms that the Real Jerk will be taking over, and Real Jerk's site states that opening night will be in October 2013.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                                                I dropped by the Real Jerk on my way back from the Cheese Boutique around 5:30 pm and looked in the window. Ed (the owner) saw me and motioned to come in. We talked a bit and I asked when he plans to open, he said either the 24 or 25 of September.

                                                                                                                                          2. A place called Serious Sandwiches is opening on Eglinton, 50 yards west of Yonge (North side).

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                                                                                                                                            1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                              <A place called Serious Sandwiches is opening on Eglinton, 50 yards west of Yonge (North side).>

                                                                                                                                              I'm curious to see how this place will fare considering they'll be competing with both Subway and Aroma.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                Agreed!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                  They must be very Serious.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                    <They must be very Serious.>

                                                                                                                                                    I hope so! I need some good coffee and pastries in my hood..
                                                                                                                                                    The sign on the door said the new owners were somehow connected with a coffee shop/bakery in the Distillery.

                                                                                                                                                2. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                  <A place called Serious Sandwiches is opening on Eglinton, 50 yards west of Yonge (North side).>

                                                                                                                                                  Noticed they were open today so I stopped by for a look.
                                                                                                                                                  Meh...the baked good didn't look too inspiring,the interior still kinda looks like the previous sushi joint,the girl behind the counter was too busy tweeting/FBing or whatever to explain anything to me.They serve breakfast and lunch(small menu) and everything was pretty pricey for what it was($2.50 for a half dollar sixe lemon tart).
                                                                                                                                                  It's close so maybe I'll drop by again.Hopefully they'll up their game...

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                    Interesting. Doesn't sound promising.

                                                                                                                                                    Look forward to a post if you try their food...

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                      Yea.it's too bad. I was really looking forward to it.
                                                                                                                                                      I will definitely post if and when I try the food.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                        Ok, right on :-)

                                                                                                                                                  2. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                    I live close by, so went in for lunch. It is poorly set up with the drinks on the opposite side from where you order your food and the garbage/recycling at the back of the restaurant rather than on your way out.

                                                                                                                                                    I ordered the lamb sandwich and my wife ordered the balsamic chicken sandwich. After waiting a longer time than it should take to make 2 sandwiches, the person behind us got their sandwich before us and the girl at the counter had to confirm that the kitchen got our order. There was no one ahead of us BTW.

                                                                                                                                                    The sandwiches both had a lack of taste. The lamb sandwich tasted dry and the bread didn't taste fresh. The balsamic vinegar was dripping all over he chicken sandwich. I never thought I'd recommend Subway over another sandwich place, but you are better off walking a few doors down to get a tastier and cheaper sandwich there.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Naban82

                                                                                                                                                      Thanks for the review..I guess I won't be checking this place out any time soon. Too bad ,so convenient for me

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Naban82

                                                                                                                                                        Thanks for the review. Shant be going, at this stage.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                          I'm going to wait for CH regular Petek to review it first.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                            Sorry Googs,but I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you...
                                                                                                                                                            I was more interested in the pastries and coffee anyway and they didn't look any better than what I could get from Metro or Timmie's(sad to say)..

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                              Re:Serious sandwiches

                                                                                                                                                              Stopped by a second time to see if they'd upped their game. Sadly the answer is no...
                                                                                                                                                              Same dreary, uninspired pastries . Too bad.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the update....

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Naban82

                                                                                                                                                          Not knowing if the meat is cooked upon ordering, it's hard to know what "longer time than it should take" means. Without knowing what the person behind you ordered, also hard to know if getting theirs before yours makes sense. Did you have cooked and they prepared?

                                                                                                                                                      2. The former Junction Eatery closed a couple of months ago and apparently re-opened (might have just been a trial opening) this weekend as Roux after a serious makeover.

                                                                                                                                                        I haven't managed to find a menu or hours yet, but their Twitter feed ( https://twitter.com/rouxtoronto ) describes it thusly:

                                                                                                                                                        Brunch. Lunch. Dinner. Bourbon.
                                                                                                                                                        Southern and French influenced cuisine.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                                                                                                                          A non-chow using friend has been and raved about it

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                            That's good to know, as it's very near me.

                                                                                                                                                            I drove by it today (on my way to Fat Louie's, so I didn't stop) and it is open today, so it seems like they're probably fully open at this point. What hours they are fully open is still slightly a mystery.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                                                                                                                              They are definitely open! Here are there hours:
                                                                                                                                                              Tue - Wed: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
                                                                                                                                                              Thu - Fri: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
                                                                                                                                                              Sat: 9:30 am - 11:00 pm
                                                                                                                                                              Sun: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

                                                                                                                                                              It's nice that they're open so early on the weekend. I was just on their facebook page and they serve chicken and waffles for brunch. I guess I know where I'm going on Sunday :)

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Jacquilynne

                                                                                                                                                            Isn't that what they served before?

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MissBingBing

                                                                                                                                                              Other than the Bourbon, kinda sorta. The influences were pretty light in some of the dishes, I'm imagining a more concertedly Cajun/Creole focus in the new menu, but having not seen it, that's just speculation on my part.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                                                                                                                                Dropped by for lunch today, and the lunch menu was not substantially different from previous.

                                                                                                                                                                The lunch special was fried chicken and french toast, which was delicious. Juicy, tender fried chicken with a very light floury coating on it. Not everyone's favorite style, I don't think, but I liked it.

                                                                                                                                                                Plus, it arrived in a timely manner, which had been much of my issue with the restaurant in the past -- it often took 20 minutes or half an hour to get a burger to go even at times when the place was nearly empty. If they're going to be serving food in a reasonable time period, I will be delighted to go there more often.

                                                                                                                                                                I snapped shots of the dinner menu and the brunch menu (though not the lunch menu) which may or may not be legible when I attach them to this post.

                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                                                                                                                                  Jacquilynne, it was hard to read the menus. Do you recall if the fried chicken and french toast was on the brunch menu?

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                    It isn't.

                                                                                                                                                                    French toast is, but no fried chicken that I can see.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                                                                                                                                      Thanks Jacquilynne. On their facebook page, they said that they have fried chicken and waffles @ Brunch. But maybe that was a special as well.

                                                                                                                                                          3. Playa Cabana's Hacienda is now on their website but I tried calling the number..to no answer. Anyone know when the official launch date is?

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: MeMeMe

                                                                                                                                                              They tweeted earlier today that it is almost ready with a pic of the interior.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                any update? I live nearby and went by Sun evening... no life. But maybe they are just not open Sundays

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: JToronto

                                                                                                                                                                  Yes, they're open. (And you are correct - they aren't open on Sundays). I went a couple of weeks back. Nice, cute space and tasty (though pricey) tacos. They have a nice little patio outdoors as well.

                                                                                                                                                            2. 420 Smokehouse has a building permit and liquor license app posted in the window at 420 Parliament Street. I can't find any information about it via Google search. Anyone have more details?

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JDAWG

                                                                                                                                                                lol "420" Smokehouse.... may not be "food" related... or maybe they plan on filling people "munchies"

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                  lol :)

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                    Very funny you two. There are some more than legitimate food offerings in Cabbagetown. I hope this is another one.
                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/E...

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: JDAWG

                                                                                                                                                                    It's actually going to be a really cool smoked meat, poultry and fish restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: teh999

                                                                                                                                                                      Okaaaay, but if they start smoking elephant, I'm outta there.
                                                                                                                                                                      https://www.facebook.com/The420SmokeH...
                                                                                                                                                                      http://the420smokehouse.com/

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                        I love that sign. Also, if they smoked elephant, I'd be first in line (although I would feel sort of bad about the whole 'endangered' thing).

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Strongbad789

                                                                                                                                                                          LOL, no smoked elephant. The sign is bad ass for sure.

                                                                                                                                                                          'pink elephant'.

                                                                                                                                                                          wait for it...........................REAL montreal smoked meat!

                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: JDAWG

                                                                                                                                                                      Some info posted on BlogTO this morning about this place:

                                                                                                                                                                      420 Smokehouse at 420 Parliament is under construction now. When the new BBQ destination opens in the coming weeks they'll bring onboard, pit master Ryan Gatner of When the Pig Came Home the pop-up

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

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                        I recognize you're only cutting and pasting, so not aimed at you.
                                                                                                                                                                        What exactly is a Pitmaster - what are the qualifications if any?
                                                                                                                                                                        Ryan Gatner claims 10 years fine dining experience (including Centro, Windsor Arms and Gallery Grill - although none of those seem to acknowledge his having worked there at all).
                                                                                                                                                                        teh999 seems to know all about this - but hasn't contributed anything on any other restaurant (open or yet-to-open).
                                                                                                                                                                        Please provide some verifiable facts here - not what appears to be hype.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                                                          Someone's cranky today. Here's something. Not empirical, sure, but looks like Gatner's invested in the neighbourhood at least. I'd be willing to give it a try were I still living in the area.
                                                                                                                                                                          http://pigcamehome.com/

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                            Crankiness admitted to! I've been sick, not able to eat since Sunday morning.
                                                                                                                                                                            I really hope his investment is worthwhile - I'll be looking for the smoke ring.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: estufarian

                                                                                                                                                                              I have no dog in this fight but I must say I'm wondering why 420's main Facebook image seems to have a picture of a smoked meat sandwich from Schwartz's on their Facebook page.

                                                                                                                                                                              Is that delicious looking sandwich 420's creation, or simply a pic of a Schwartz's smoked meat sandwich, as the paper placemat seems to indictate?

                                                                                                                                                                              Confusing.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                You're gonna have to ask them. Schwartz's is a supplier too. Then again, maybe they just got hungry during the renovations.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                                  Wait, Schwartz's is a supplier? Is that true? Are there places in the GTA selling Schwartz's smoked meat??

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Michael N

                                                                                                                                                                                    Since earlier this year, Sobeys

                                                                                                                                                                                    I thought that was widely known

                                                                                                                                                                                    I have not tried it myself to see if what you can get in the grocery stores is the real deal or just in name only

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                                                      Huh! I managed to miss that entirely, somehow. I just googled it, and the consensus seems to be that it is typical mass-produced vacuum-sealed smoked meat that just happens to have the Schwartz's name printed on the box. So that's a shame. I'll still probably give it a shot at some point, though.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Michael N

                                                                                                                                                                                        Sounds like a result of the corporate takeover last year.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: JDAWG

                                                                                                                                                                        Seven months later.... 420 Smokehouse is finally opening tomorrow.

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: JDAWG

                                                                                                                                                                          Here are some more details about 420 Smokehouse:
                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.postcity.com/Eat-Shop-Do/E...

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks, would have liked to see a picture of the ribs and other BBQ in that profile.

                                                                                                                                                                            Curious to hear about this place if anyone goes!

                                                                                                                                                                        2. It was mentioned in the "changes/closings" thread but Rock Lobster has now opened on Queen Street taking over the old Shanghai Cowgirl spot:

                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/roc...

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                            "Not" opened or "now" opened?

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                              it has definitely now opened and is packed to the tits with... people

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: TorontoJo

                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for catching the typo.. edited :)

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                  :o)

                                                                                                                                                                            2. The windows beneath the Bed, Bath and Beyond (and beside the RBC), at Yonge/Gerrard are now wrapped with "Midtown Reds Tavern" signage. This is the second location of Reds (the same one on Adelaide) but I would hardly call this Midtown! Not sure when it's opening as this is still in the very early stages.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. May or may not be of interest, but I have noticed some people commenting about Popeys - There is a new Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen open on the Danforth - West of Carlaw, past the Pub. It is in the children's clothing store that closed and since then the building was renovated.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Don't think anyone has mentioned this but there is a new Greek Seafood place going into the space that was Wimpy's on the Danforth.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Looking like it's getting closer to opening.

                                                                                                                                                                                  I think the name is Kristamos Fish House

                                                                                                                                                                                  Singage promise an "Athens Trained Chef" whatever that means....

                                                                                                                                                                                  I'll reserve judgement until it opens, could go either way

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                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: bytepusher

                                                                                                                                                                                    Apparently it's open now.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. There's yet another AYCE sushi restaurant opening at Flemingdon Park Plaza, 747 Don Mills south of Eglinton called Itamae.
                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.itamaesushi.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                                    And here I thought the imminent opening of the Aga Khan Museum & Ismaili Centre would have inspired a few smart entrepreneurs to open some creative and exciting (and, of course, halal) restaurants.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. Momofuku Milk Bar is opening today(!) on the second floor of Momofuku. It will be similar to the ones in NYC where it's self serve (i.e. people pick up the cookies they want and pay for them at the counter.)

                                                                                                                                                                                      They will be baking and shipping from NYC on the same day.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I had picked up a selection of these cookies at one of the NYC locations a few months ago and enjoyed the unusual flavours. Another place to compete for your sweet tooth!

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                                                                                        That's so funny, I tried to post this a few minutes ago. That sneaky momofuku! I have a birthday party tomorrow, maybe I'll try to get some truffels!

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Another Mexican restaurant getting ready to open. Here's the link:

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                          Had their food from The Stop night market as well as from the last Abbey's Kitchen Stadium. Pretty good. I would definitely give their spot a shot when it opens.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                            Good to hear! As far as I'm concerned, there's no such thing as too many (good) Mexican Restaurants :)

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. Brock Sandwich on Bloor St W.

                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/bro...

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. There's a new bagel place on Queen St East. Unusual name (Bagels on Fire), but stopped in the other day and bagels (Montreal style, baked in wood fired oven) were quite good. Seems the two owners used to work at Bagel House. http://www.blogto.com/bakery/bagels-o...

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Phoenix

                                                                                                                                                                                              Maybe the name's a play on the Brian Eno song "Baby's on Fire"? And now it's stuck in my head.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. A new Italian bakery called Il Panettone appears about to on Queen, just west of Parliament. I can't find any info about it anywhere.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: JDAWG

                                                                                                                                                                                                It's supposed to become an Italian bakery and pizzeria featuring a stone oven. Owners are, in fact, Italian so plus 1 on that count. The rest remains to be seen. If they can pull a great espresso, they'd have a good pit stop place.

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Looks to be a Nando's Chicken opening on Bay, north of Gerrard.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yup, it's to open in the fall and apparently one of the largest Nando's around. This is in the lower floor of the condo tower at 832 Bay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  There's also a new cafe right by Sliced Gourmet that's due to open, appropriately named 650 Cafe as it's right at 650 Bay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: bluefirefly

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah the Nando's space looks quite large.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                      This Nando's is over 4,000 square feet and will be a full service sit-down restaurant (though I'm sure they will have take out as well).

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Has anyone been to Me and Mine at College and Dufferin? The brunch menu looks interesting.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ComerDemonio

                                                                                                                                                                                                    I've been there once for brunch and really enjoyed it. I think that the menu changes semi-frequently?

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: ggom1

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I went yesterday and loved it. We all had inventive and tasty dishes.. will go back for sure. Also, the coffee was good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. A place called Jay's Diner looks to be opening on Avenue Rd, south of the 401 (east side). Sign is up, little else.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. fyi:

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                      quite the list of openings here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      - khao san road

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Eric Hadley is helping out at The Huntsman I hear. Mainly with the brunch menu and a bit of the dinner. I hear there's fried chicken, and a new version of The Remedy which was on You Gotta Eat Here.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Looks like a second location of Sansotei Ramen is coming up - saw a sign saying "opening soon", though the windows were completely papered up so who knows how long that could be? Right at 650 Yonge St. beside that Beau Tea bubble tea place.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Anyone have any info on a new coffee place just south of Hazel's Diner at Yonge and Lawrence? I think its called Espresso House or something

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: barneyvernon

                                                                                                                                                                                                            To answer my own question, the Espresso Room is now open at 3429 Yonge Street, a few blocks north of Eglinton. Its on my list.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.theespressoroom.ca/

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. I just posted started a new thread regarding this, but apparently a new taco place called Estrella Taqueria is opening in North York @ the end of the month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Here's what Post City had to say about it:

                                                                                                                                                                                                            "Taking inspiration from the famous Big Star in Chicago is Estrella Taqueria, which will open at 4899 Yonge St. later this month. The upcoming 300-seat restaurant will offer tequila, bourbon, signature cocktails and a rotating taco menu, as well as gourmet creations like duck confit nachos. Co-owner Otta Zapotocky (a former manager at Nota Bene, as well as current co-owner of L’Avenue on Bayview) has designed the restaurant to be an easy place for uptowners to pop in for a meal and cocktails with friends".

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Looks like Smoke's Poutinerie is opening up on Yonge just south of Eglinton where that grilled cheese joint was(Construction Zone or something).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Is The Construction Site no longer there??

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: magic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nope.... Smoke's is definitely taking over. Kind of a shitty spot/location if ya ask me.Who knows,maybe a poutine joint will make it right..

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: petek

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Hmm, thanks for the update. Did not know that.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. A couple doors down from Stockyards, the hairdresser's is gone and there's a sign in the window saying "Something yummy coming soon..." Hope it's true!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just saw that today. And on the other side, just a block over, there is a gelato place, which I think was called Zaza's, that I don't recall ever seeing before. Is that new?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yes it used to be a florist. Zaza's doesn't look all that exciting to me but I might try it one of these days. Let me know what you think if you end up going in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Arcadiaseeker

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Will do :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kwass

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Keep us posted!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Saw this on BlogTO this morning:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Carbon Bar, from chef David Lee and the same team behind Nota Bene is opening at 99 Queen Street East in early December.

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Saw this as well and went to google maps to see the location... Not sure where this will be there does not seem to be a store from labeled 99 Queen E. It goes from 89 (Henrys) then to a Transformer station, then to 111 (the Queen Richmond Centre). I am wondering if the meant 99 Queen West which could be in the Sheraton Hotel

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      99 Queen Street East was the address of City TV when they were in that area back before they moved to Queen W and John. When they did the Queen Richmond Centre thing they consolidated a bunch of addresses into 111 including the old 99, I think this would be the storefront that is/was a coffeeshop immediately west of George.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Another one to watch not too far from there is Black Irish Whiskey Bar & Oyster Saloon opening at Queen & Sherbourne southeast corner. Makes me wanna move back to my old digs.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I dont give it much hope.. it is being opened by a guy who has never lasted in a place more than a year.. He is good at opening places but tends to run into issues after that...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.blogto.com/eat_drink/2009/...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.examiner.com/article/toron...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          He's also one of the partners behind the wildly successful Betty Ford (not Betty's) and Atlas. Both were runaway hits in their day. Something both articles and you fail to mention. We shall see. I wish him luck.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Googs

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          You'd think they'd hold off on the website going live until they're finished with it! http://www.blackirish.ca/bar/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I wish them luck - I live near by, so I'm sort of excited, but that's a tough corner especially for a whiskey bar.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: CarNut

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Two words: Dress Code.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. There's a Bagel House "Express" opening on Eglinton (north side), about a block west of Avenue Road. Where Nik Nak used to be.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. BlogTo has a bunch of spots mentioned today:

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Which includes yet another burger place on Queen called TOMA - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toma-b...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sandoozles

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Harvest Kitchen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Bricco Kitchen & Wine Bar in The Junction

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Fonda Lola, a new Mexican on Queen W soft opened this week. The space looks beautiful, occupying the former Lafayette Bistro.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Brooklyn Tavern has opened up at Queen East and Brooklyn, in the former Fare Bistro spot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              We went today for brunch and it was quite good. They did a great job to the room and service was great. Eggs and house cured salmon, served with a side of fingerling potato salad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Apparently this weekend was a soft opening, and they were giving everyone a 30% discount to accomodate for opening jitters and delays however there was none. Our meal arrived in good time, and everything was fine. Excellent americanos I might add.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              My only complaint was they lacked a bread or scone plate. It would have been nice to start our meal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They will be featuring Sunday roasts too!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Napoli Centrale opened up on Bathurst near Barton (north of bloor).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It looks busy already, I drove past tonight on my way home.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I hope it's yummy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Me Va Me Express - Queen and John, didn't get a look at the sign but opening in Jan 2014 perhaps?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Brown Dog Cafe (or, Bootleg Cafe for some reason in Oakville??) has opened up in Bronte/Oakville in the old Lick's location close to Bronte and Lakeshore:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    https://www.facebook.com/Browndogboot...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I assume they have the famous fritters there too :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. From Post City: A new Eggspectation will open in about three weeks time and is located at 483 Bay St. While staying true to its ethos of serving all things eggy, this reboot will not only serve breakfast and brunch, but also dinner. It will also have a new design including a 100-seat patio.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. From Toronto Life: Toronto will soon be home to the largest year-round ice lounge in the world. Gresham Bayley is planning to open Chill Ice House in March at King and Bathurst.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Everything, except floor and ceiling, will be made out of ice including tables, chairs, the bar, glassware, and even curtains. Parkas will be provided so you can stay cozy in the lounge where the temperature will be between -5 and -10 degrees Celsius.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The menu will include Canadian-style tapas featuring oysters and beef tartare and comfort foods like poutine.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Might be good in August... but not a place I would like to spend time in February!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And will they be laundering the parkas between uses?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Interesting!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I guess that'd be the NE corner next to the new condo development?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              i went to one of these joints in Copenhagen because some weirdos I met on the street paid for me to get in. it was like forty dollars and it was stupid there and it's gonna be stupid here

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              also i definitely lol'ed at "will they be laundering the parkas" hahaha

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: pourboi

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I visited an ice bar while travelling in Stockholm a few years ago. It was an interesting novelty but not a place that I would choose to visit frequently. However, maybe it could work in Toronto. Not sure about that location though. I recognize that King West is gentrifying but King & Bathurst does not strike me as a very good location for this type of endeavour.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. New burger joint on Queen West, taking over a short-lived falafel joint.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Burger Bass
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1076 Queen Street W
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.burgerbass.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: happycamper

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  this may be an even shittier concept than gangster burger and their menu descriptions are the stuff on nightmares

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Started from the bun now were here

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: disgusti

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    interesting: http://bit.ly/1hkQKO2

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    - khao san road

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: KhaoSanRoad

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Went last week. Nicest lady flipping burgers so I won't say more than that it's not one of Toronto's top 5 burger joints.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. People have accidentally been posting in the 2013 thread today instead of the 2014 one :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9297...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ylsf

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    This one should be locked now.... (what a concept)